This week was a bit more challenging than most, because the letter of the week is “X”. I considered selecting a word that started with the letter “X” but could not find a word appropriate for this devotional series. So I pray for your grace as I propose the word “eXample“.
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I truly look forward to a new letter every week. And I love writing some encouraging words to my fellow moms. I’m trying to keep this devotional series really light by just focusing on one inspiring word for the week. I pray these one word devotionals are an encouragement to you.
This Easter weekend our family was invited to a neighboring church to attend an Easter celebration that included a puppet show, egg hunt, face painting and kids’ crafts. The puppet show was amazing with black lights and neon puppets singing and dancing to Christian music. What surprised me the most was the cast of puppeteers.
I was expecting that the team would be made up entirely of adults. Amazingly though, it included children as young as the sixth grade.I talk about it a bit more here on my video: Example
What an awesome example to set for other children – that you can be a Christian and still have loads of fun.
It got me thinking about our role as moms and how important it is to let our children be involved in activities that help them see excellent examples of others enjoying life and living out their faith.
No mom is perfect. No parent is perfect, we all make mistakes. That’s why I think it really helps when you can surround your children with other families and children that set a great example of the values, beliefs, and character that you wish to instill in your children.
I don’t want to just preach virtuous traits to my boys, I want to see them in myself, my husband, and others around us. I think that if they see other children walking out their faith it will help reinforce the things we are trying to teach them at home; and hopefully also make our job a little easier.
And since all people fail to measure up to perfection, it’s also important to teach my little ones about Jesus. He set the perfect example of discipleship, servanthood, and leadership. Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God, you’ve got to give credit to his teachings.
There is so much value in loving one another, doing onto others as you would have them do unto you, obeying the ten commandments, and honoring your father and mother. The values taught in the bible are timeless and have so much value to offer to us as parents both in how we live our lives and how we instruct our children.
In John 13, Jesus humbles himself and washes his disciples feet before they sit to eat their last supper together. He explains to His disciples that the reason why he humbled himself was to teach them by example how they should serve one another and others.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
This week I want to spend more time thinking on and planning ways to expose my boys to Godly examples. Plan more time with families we know and trust, and just spend a little more time with Jesus.