As I finish up some last minute prep and planning for an event I am privileged to be a part of this evening for High School girls, I find myself becoming more and more inspired by story we are going to be diving into. Everything comes back to Esther for this event: how she chooses to risk her life for her faith, how she chooses to be bold in honoring God no matter what, and how she chooses to obey.
Obey. verb [ trans. ]
comply with the command, direction, or request of (a person or a law); submit to the authority of
- What does it look like for me to obey?
- Who/what do I obey every day?
- What are the consequences when I don’t obey?
- How do I teach my children to obey?
Like my dear Jessica, 😉 I find myself loving each of the posts this mama has to post. Holly Furtick is a mother, pastors wife, and pastor (isn’t that awesome?!). But I had to share her simple post on this profound realization she shared about teaching her kids to obey:
I, in no way, consider myself an expert in parenting. I have many days where I am left bewildered. Today I needed literally 2 things in Harris Teeter. I took my kids in the store and decided to let them push those little kid carts. Eeesh! The pictures are cute, but what the pictures do not show you is the moment where I was literally speaking the name of Jesus under my breath in effort to keep myself from strangling my kids.
Needless to say, I have been turning to some parenting advice here and there lately and have had many conversations with my husband. Currently I am focusing on, OBEDIENCE. I cannot raise children who do not know how to obey. Everything rises and falls around obedience. If my children cannot learn to obey their mother, who they can see and hear, they will never be able to listen to the Lord, who they cannot see or hear.
All of my lectures are kept to the point, “You did not obey.” Even with Abbey, it is all about obedience. It is not, you did not clean your room, it is, you did not obey. It is not, you should not hit your sister, it is you did not obey. For Abbey, it is not, you did not come when I called you, it is simple, you did not obey.
Are there other virtues I need to teach my kids, of course. But if they can get OBEY, they can learn just about anything else.