Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Of all the things I might leave my girls there is one inheritance that stands out above the rest and that is a legacy of faith.  Mommas, above all things that might capture our attention I pray that this legacy of faith reign supreme so that we might see it come to fruition.

But, can I be honest?  Sometimes I am just not sure that I am doing enough or that what I am doing is sufficient to ensure my babies will continue to walk with the Lord long after they walk out my door into the great big world.  I am well aware that the stakes are high and that we must be deliberate for the challenges we will face for my girls’ hearts and minds are not of this world.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

A Personal Faith

Momma, if we know that we must be deliberate in our efforts our best approach is to have a plan – fumbling our way through is okay for midnight diaper changes but not where we want to be when we’re talking about eternity.

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First things first.  What shape is your faith in?  Really, how is your walk with the Lord?  I hope we can agree that it’s next to impossible to leave behind something that we ourselves do not possess. Were we talking about material possessions it’s easy to agree; but when we speak of those things that remain unseen, the challenge is more difficult.  If we want to instill in our children a belief and recognition of the significance and necessity of a life giving faith we need to begin by modeling that in our own lives.  Otherwise, we find ourselves in the unforgiving quandary of “do as I say, not as I do.”

The first step then in leaving a legacy of faith is building or strengthening our own.  Fortunately, this is not an impossible endeavor nor is it one requiring a special skill set.  And, Momma, take comfort in knowing that developing and growing your personal faith is not a “one and done” kind of task; not a one of us “arrives” until the day we’re called home.  And, trust me, as we continue to grow and nurture our own faith, we are directly influencing the faith story of our children.

These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life . . . Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. 

Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 4-7

Share the Word

Momma, the world sends us so many false messages, giving us it’s own version of tainted truth.  Stop for a moment and consider how often you are bombarded with these messages and then think about what your babies are subjected to.  As women of faith we know that there is one source of truth and that we have been given the Word of God, the sword of the spirit to battle the devil and his schemes.  If we want to leave a legacy of faith our children need to be able to identify God’s Word as their singular source of truth and they need to be as familiar with it as they are their dog eared copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

Here are some ways you can share the Word with your children:

  • Pray it over them.
  • Read devotionals before they go to bed or when they rise.
  • Help them to memorize scripture.
  •  Take advantage of apps such as The Bible App for Kids and capitalize on their desire for screen time.

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:7-9

Tell the Story

Every day God works in our lives in big and little ways.  It can be hard not to take the daily wins for granted.  Whether we are struggling with the consequences of our own life choices or those of others don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with your children.  Your transparency in sharing how God has worked and is working in your life is key to the legacy of faith you instill in them.  If our kids think we have never struggled, that we’ve always made good choices and that we’ve never pleaded with God for a grace we didn’t deserve, how will they ever feel safe and secure enough to reach out in the midst of their own struggles?  The testimony of our faith in a time that was uncertain is one of the very best stories we can share with our babes.

Mommas, in our years in this earth we will leave many things behind.  Today, and for the tomorrows to come, we have the opportunity, the authority and the responsibility to ensure that we are living a legacy worth leaving.  Now is the time to step forward and evaluate how you will work to leave behind a legacy of faith.

Be there,

Julia

 

6 thoughts on “Leaving a Legacy of Faith

  1. This is so wonderfully written and SO true! Thanks so much for your gentle reminders of how to instill faith in my little ones. I especially loved this: “itโ€™s next to impossible to leave behind something that we ourselves do not possess.” What a simple and straightforward statement. God’s definitely using your words in me today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Laura, thank you for the feedback – I am so glad you liked it and glad that God is using my words to encourage you. Praying that today would find us both one step closer to Him.

  2. Yes, the most precious thing to me is when my boys demonstrate, just in the course of living their lives, that they’ve “caught” the faith we’ve tried to live before them all these years.

  3. Love your vulnerability and your words of advice here, Julia. I’m certain that your girls will grow more and more in the Lord if you are doing the things here that you’re suggesting. My boys are all in their 20’s and I’m still waiting to see “some” of the fruit of my labor–like character attributes that show they are trusting God only. I believe these kinds of “fruits” might not really show, in some ways, until they are in their 30’s. It just takes lots of time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. This is so true, Julia. As my last “baby” graduates high school next month I can’t help by wonder if we have done “enough” to prepare him. But you are right, living out the Word as best we can and making our faith real and vibrant and part of our family is huge. And as a mom who has already seen two chicks fly the nest… we pray and love and pray some more! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stopping by from #RaRaLinkUp

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