I felt like I had barged into a secret diary, leafing through pages never intended for my eyes.
The words were to his Father…
from his Father…
and yet also for his sons and daughters.
The picture has hung for decades, but the words were freshly inked since Christmas. Except they’re Ancient Words and forever words, effectual prayer and promises claimed for his boys…and knowing my father-in-law (who is really my father-in-love) it was heart’s outpouring and battle cry, intercession and outright pleading.
Teaching his children and grandchildren about the Lord has been his driving force and passion since he met Jesus on a Damascus-like road over 40 years ago.
It shouldn’t have surprised me , then, when he didn’t stop with his natural born sons, either…he loves his daughters as if they shared his blood and were carried nine months each in his bride’s womb.
and beautiful reminder of Who we are and Whose we are?!
Words and pictures. Prayers and promises. Acknowledgment and declaration.
My father-in-law still teaches his children even when he’s not speaking out loud.
It’s his way of living out Deuteronomy 6 even when his babies are long grown up, moved out, with babies of our own–
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 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. 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: 4~ 9
My father-in-law is modern-day example of what that can look like. It’s challenge for me to do the same. The difficult part to live with is knowing I’ve missed so many opportunities, and yet? I realize I never, ever, ever, ever EVER stop being my children’s mother.
This…this is the only legacy that matters!
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Do you have parents or grandparents or other lovies in your life who’ve led by this type of example? What things are you doing to “love, impress, talk, tie and write” spiritual heritage into your own children’s and grands’ lives? I’d love to hear, and I think everyone would benefit!!
by Robin Dance, PENSIEVE
ABOUT ROBIN DANCE
In a scandalous, decades-long affair with her husband, Robin also confesses mad crushes on her three teens. She’s Southern as sugar-shocked tea and advocates talking to strangers, creative...