Monday, August 8, 2011

ordained praise and established strength

"From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease." -- Psalm 8:2

Tonight was such a sweet kiss from Heaven for our family.  After my second day back at work, the Husband put on worship and praise music and we all began to worship together as a family. The Baby was jumping up and down, babbling and singing praises in ways only the Lord could understand and the Husband and I began to get lost in His presence. 

It was beautiful and I began to feel His arms surround us and His grace overwhelm us.  It was such a sweet sight.  The Baby kept looking back and forth between Mommy and Daddy and towards the end of the night, she began to lift her hands in worship right alongside us.  She may not have known all of what she was doing or why, but from our example adoration unto the King is being established in her sweet little heart and I know He will accomplish all the purposes of His heart towards the Baby.

In our parenting journey, it is imperative we give honor to our children and understand that our "Lord has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong." (1 Cor 1:27)  He has continually beckoned us to be like little children (Matthew 18:3) and to never hinder them from coming to Christ; the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14).
Psalm 127 clearly teaches us the great honor and rank we carry in the Kingdom of God when we allow arrows to be given to us through children.  Scripture is filled with beautiful admonitions of children, yet society screams against them. Mothers and Fathers reject their children physically, emotionally and spiritually daily, human trafficking is characterized by the selling and purchasing of our children and abortions kill thousands of our arrows daily. 
I invite you to honor your children in small, special ways and to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with faith, affections and His thoughts towards them.  Speak Scripture over them today (so that they hear you!), thank them for quickly obeying or for going out of their way to serve;  spend an extra 3 minutes with them telling them about the glorious plans Christ has for them tonight during the bedtime routine, and demonstrate by your example the love of Christ that is willing to lay down life for another.
One day, those mighty arrows will bring you honor at the gates of the city...
*this post is linked with Titus 2esdays 

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