“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”– Joshua 24:15
When my children look back on their childhood, I hope what stands out the most to them is Jesus.
I want them to remember that our family gathered with the body of Christ every week, even if we had to do it online for a time.
I want them to remember their mom singing to Him when she felt like crying.
I want them to remember our family giving others good gifts because He has given us the best gift.
I want them to remember their dad praying for wisdom when he didn’t know what to do.
I want them to remember their mom asking God for forgiveness when her temper got the best of her.
I want them to remember our friends filling our house to study the Word of God.
I want them to remember praising God for answered prayers.
I want them to remember learning stories from the Bible and seeing Jesus in the whole thing.
I want them to remember their parents sitting at the table with missionaries of other faiths, and sharing the truth with gentleness and kindness and love and cookies.
I want them to remember their dad praying with them at night and singing the doxology before bed.
I want them to remember helping to cook the meal for the family going through a difficult season because Jesus called us to love our neighbor.
I want them to remember that, once a week, we all put down our work and our phones, rested and spent time with family and friends celebrating the things that God has done.
I want them to remember that love permeated our house because of Jesus.
I don’t want them to remember us as the best parents ever. We aren’t. Not by a long shot.
But I want them to remember that God is great and powerful and loving and near. That Jesus died for their sins and ours, and that belief in him is the only thing they need. That our household served the Lord.
And maybe, God-willing, someday our grandchildren will remember the same thing about their home too.
What are some things you do regularly so that your children will remember that Jesus was in their home? Comment below!
I live with devoted parents, one thing I’m most grateful for them is; they introduced to me JESUS right from a young age. It has kept me going, helped me along with purpose, and enjoy more of him. They are not the best parents, but this is one gift they gave me that cannot be traded for anything.
I wish to pass the same thing on to my kids in the near future.
Thanks for writing this, it was heart fluttering
Love this! Thank you for sharing! I am reminded that this is one of the virtues that I would always love to live by: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15). I am grateful that our family is doing the best we can each day.
First of all, this post really touched me. Thank you for that. To answer your question, I try to incorporate Jesus into our everyday life by speaking of and to Him as though He was truly the 4th member of our family – helping Him become real to my very young children. Bless you for this post. ♡
Love this! Such a touching declaration of what you want your kids to remember. I pray my children remember these things, too. And then the part about the grandkids in the end. That part made me tear up a little.
Whenever my daughters have a problem and come to me about it, I let them talk, and then pray with them about it. I want them to know that Jesus is their Source of wisdom and help and comfort in any need. Thank you for this post!
I loves this! God has really been showing me the idea of parenting with the end in mind (raising well-rounded adults) and leaving a legacy. As a parent we have the privilege of being able to set the tone in our household and introduce our children to Jesus. I think one of the best ways to share Jesus with your kids is by example. If they see you reading the bible or praying or listening to worship music they will want to learn more. As I write this my 2.5 year old daughter asked to listen to, “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe and she is currently singing along! <3.
There are many things I try to do, but I don’t always do them perfectly. In the mornings, I always go to my prayer closet. If my 5 year old wakes up before I am done, she will come in there and crawl into my lap. We go to church as often as possible. We fellowship with members of our church. This summer we went to church camp. Today, off and on all day, we sang a certain praise and worship song whenever it got stuck in our heads. I try to do a bible study every morning and read my girls a chapter out of the bible every night. I bring Jesus into almost every conversation. Like you, I want my children to know and love Jesus and train them up in the way they should go. I am not perfect, but by a long shot, but I can point them to the One who is.
I love this so much. All of these things will be so impactful on your children as they grow. You should create this into a manifesto and hang it where everyone can see it and be reminded of these core values that all point to Jesus!
So true that we don’t have to be perfect when raising our kids…thank goodness because no one is! Love all of the reminders about our faith in Jesus & loving others are the best lessons!
We try to have dinner as a family. It’s something small but we it’s something I want them to remember. We talk about our day and have fellowship during this time.
This is awesome. I want my kids to remember Jesus, too, in spite their father and I are divorced. I tried to raise them to know Jesus but the world kept getting in the way. I pray, like me, they will return to the Lord before it’s too late.
This is a beautiful, heartfelt desire for me as well. My children are grown, but I hope they remember all of those things from their childhood as well!
Ohmygosh, this was so encouragingly sweet, brought tears to my eyes. I love how you want your children to remember that their parents were not perfect but they loved, trusted and sought out (and was never afraid to approach) our loving Jesus every single day.