Manifesto

Family Fri-Yay : Trying Not To Traumatize My Kids

I quickly sneaked into my 12 year old daughter’s room to grab something she had borrowed from me the other day.

The parent part of my nature wants to rant about how messy her room was.  (Enter Psycho themed music here) Flashbacks of my mom yelling at me that “Dirt is of the Devil” was seared in my brain.  I was traumatized as a kid I tell you.  I had to be.

I promised that I would never traumatize my kids.  So, I would NEVER yell at them to wake up for church or school, “It’s 8:30!  You’re gonna be late! Get up now!” I would get up so fast, and when my head stopped spinning, I saw my clock read: 7:58 AM.  Wow. Really Mom?

Back to the messy room.

For the most part she keeps her room clean from what I can see when I walk by and the door is open.  Cause come on, I really don’t want to hang out in a 12 year old girls room with a bunch of TV Flash Posters on her wall.

I noticed that on her Desk, she had her Bible open.  As If she was reading it before bed.

I’ve recently been more intentional about reading my Bible.  I had been feeling a little distance from Jesus lately.  Like he was some second cousin who’s Facebook post I would “Like”.  So I’ve been trying to be more intentional to connect with Him.

She has seen me read my bible on the rare occasions I’m waiting for them to get ready for school.  She has seen me reading at the dinner table at night before their bed time.

I pray, that this beautiful image I saw of my 12 year old’s daughter’s open bible on her desk, becomes a consistent routine.  I can’t imagine anything more I want in life then for my children to fall in love with Jesus and His words.

“you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:5-9

Happy Fri-Yay.

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