Friday, May 9, 2014

Pack the Lunchbox Prayerfully

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6

This week leading up to Mother’s Day we have been talking about the legacy a mother leaves her children.  Just like packing a lunchbox, mother’s “pack” their children’s lives full of good things for them to take with them through life.

Pack the Lunchbox Prayerfully – God will use it!
The mother’s work is revealed in the child as God brings it to pass.  Her legacy comes to fruition.  We want to see God use them and we want to see them prepared and available for God to use.
You can pack your child’s lunch with all the good things they need, but it is up to them to use them the right way.  If they eat the Twinkie and throw the fruit away, it is out of your hands, you have done the right thing.  If they trade with their friend who has a hot dog and Cheetos, a coke, and a brownie for desert, you have no control over that.   All you can do is pack their lunch and send them on their way.  The same goes for a legacy.  You can build the legacy and pass it on, but then it is up to them.
As mothers, we have a wonderful gift mixed with huge responsibility.  We have been blessed to have the privilege of being a mother but at the same time it comes with so much responsibility.  You have more influence in your child’s life than anyone else - the power to influence your child for good or evil.  We want our children to be focused, capable, courageous, have a right mental attitude and spirit.  We want to see God use them and we want to see them available for God to use them.

About Mothers…
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder said, Lessons learned at a mother’s knee last through life. She also said, The mother is and must be, whether she knows it or not, the greatest, strongest, and most lasting teacher her children have.
  • One mother achieves more than a hundred teachers says a Yiddish Proverb
  • Abraham Lincoln said, The greatest lessons I ever learned were at my mother’s knees.
  • Thomas Edison said: I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence which has lasted all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely have become an inventor. I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of different spiritual caliber, I should have turned out badly. But her firmness, her sweetness, her goodness were potent powers to keep me in the right path. My mother was the making of me.
  • The great Baptist preacher, G. Campbell Morgan had four sons. They all became preachers. At a family reunion a friend asked one of the sons, Which Morgan is the greatest preacher? With his eyes beaming with delight, the son looked over to his father and said, Why, it’s Mother!
Mother, what legacy are you leaving your children?  Are you preparing them with scripture, learned at church and practiced at home?  Are you leading your children to Christ?  Are you training your children to serve, equipping, directing, and preparing them to meet the challenges of Christians today?  What will your children say when challenged by the world, peers, and the godless culture that exists today?  I challenge you to be intentional about your mothering, shepherding your children from your heart.  Lead them, pray with them, help them, and make it your mission with God for the eternal well-being of your child. 

Scripture to Claim:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

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