That's when I knew I had to become a missionary in my own home.
Today, I am passionate about not letting my son's spiritual development occur by osmosis, by chance or hoping that he will pick it up along the way. My heart's desire is to make sure that I don't look back years from now with regret that I didn't intentionally make the time to teach my son what is really important.
I’ve always felt immensely blessed to be a parent. Having said that, not every day evokes that feeling. Probably the most humbling part is knowing that, for whatever reason, God chose me to be the parent to this particular life – this running, jumping, adventurous, curious, red-cheeked little boy. He has entrusted the training and nurturing of my son into my hands. If that was where my thinking stopped though, I would be paralyzed from fear and the weight of the responsibility. Wouldn’t you?
God has not left us to parent our children alone. He has given us His Word, His Holy Spirit and His grace. These are not tools in our parenting kit, however.
They ARE the parenting kit!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:13-14 NASB
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NASB
God has given us what we need to parent our children as he directs us in Deuteronomy 6:6-9. To obediently do this is actually an act of weaving together a spiritual legacy for our children.
Tara McClenahan iBloom and is the honored & humble mommy to “Little Man”. Tara’s program, Mommy Missions is causing a lot of buzz in the Christian mom world! Mommy Missions is designed to help busy yet determined moms to intentionally nurture the spiritual development of their children in little ways every day.
Tara's passion is to inspire, encourage and equip Christian moms to become “Proverbs 31 mamas” and to train their children according to the Bible.
Tara’s writings and teachings have been featured on iBloom, Heart of the Matter, Seeds of Faith, Cindy Rushton’s Time for Tea, the Ultimate Women’s Expo and the Ultimate Homeschool Expo. She can be reached at email@example.com.