My friend does the coolest God-thing with her kids – she opens doors for God to show Himself to them. I’ve seen this happen several times in my experience, but I’m sure it’s a consistent pattern in my friend’s family.
One morning I was shopping and I felt the urge to buy my friend’s daughter a pair of earrings. I brought the earrings to her little girl that afternoon; and after I presented them to her, my friend squatted down and told her, “You see! I told you God would bless you today!” My friend’s daughter was learning a new level of responsibility, and my friend encouraged her by telling her, “God is going to bless you for it!”
Instead of blessing her daughter herself (which she easily could have done), she opened a door for God to show Himself….and He did! I think many times that I, as a parent, get in the way of God blessing my children. I want so much to give them everything, but I need to leave room for God to show Himself.
Everything comes from God, but my kids will have trouble understanding that unless I keep pointing the blessings back up to Him. They need to understand that I am merely a go-between. I am not the source of blessings. I want my kids to know that all good things come from God; so that when things happen that are out of my control, they know to look to Him.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
-Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)
“God, please help me to make it my priority to show You as the provider of all things. I know You want to bless me children. Help me to give You credit for all my family’s blessings. I want to start teaching my children and others in my life to trust and depend on You. Show me what I can do now to keep me focused on shining Your glory….”
Alisa Hope Wagner