I recently had the opportunity to speak on the topic, “Bringing My Family to God”. I wanted to share some of my message here with you. I will be splitting this up into at least 4 parts.
I want to discuss HOW we build a strong belief in and relationship with God our Father. And how, as a family, we are led to God.
Every family has BIG ROCKS and little rocks.
Imagine you have a jar (your time). You need to fit all of your rocks (things to do) into your jar. Some rocks are big and some rocks are small. The larger rocks are the most important priorities and the smallest are the least. And the really unnecessary stuff is sand. If you began your day by filling your jar with the sand, then the small rocks, and leaving the big rocks for last, chances are you would not be able to fit those big rocks into your jar. You cannot upgrade to a larger jar for there are only a certain number of hours in each day. Now, if you began each day by placing your large rocks in first, followed by the smaller rocks, and finally adding the sand last, things are more likely to fit. The little rocks and sand can fill in the spaces around those bigger rocks. And what’s most important is that all the BIG ROCKS made it in the jar.
Some of the big rocks are the fundamentals of life that we can’t do without. Like food, water, shelter, clothing of sorts, etc. In addition to THOSE big rocks, there are others. This is when the prioritizing and decision making comes in. Praying before checking social media. Washing the clothes before sitting down to watch Netflix. Reading a story to your child before diving into the other chores. This is a very personal thing.
We are each responsible for choosing what our BIG ROCKS will be.
As parents we have the chance to pick some BIG ROCKS that will shape our children and teach them how to grow closer to GOD.
I want to share some of our family’s BIG ROCKS (These are in no particular order of importance.) But today I’ll just share one….
This quote shows that when we forget about nature we are in essence forgetting about the ways of heaven. There is so much to be learned about God and life while observing the changing of seasons.
I think that nature is important for all kids to experience daily from the time they are babies. And by nature I don’t mean a playground. Although playgrounds are fantastic too, especially if that’s your only option.
How blessed are we to have oceans to one side of us, wooded mountains to the other, lakes, streams & farmland beneath our feet?!
We try to get out into the woods as often as we can. It brings peace to the soul. It shows us the wonders of God. As we learn of all his creations and the vastness of the stars in the heavens we are in awe of what He has given us. We turn our minds to the Father in gratitude and recognize all that we have to be grateful for. We also gain a deeper love for all living things on the earth.
“I can learn more in the woods with the bible than I could in any meeting”
I like to think that be beginning every morning together as a family tending to the animals, the outdoors is breathing so much life into our children. That these moments in nature are becoming part of them and they, in turn, are becoming closer to God.
To be continued…