The second day of school my children had a tornado warning, causing all the teachers and children to flock to the cafeteria and stay as quiet as possible for over 30 minutes. My youngest daughter is quite petrified of these drills and is certain a tornado is going to one day suck up our house and transport us all to another land.
Picking them up from school that afternoon, I could tell my youngest was trying to be strong and hold back tears. I casually said “did something scary happen at school today?” My sole focus was on my youngest who I knew had been crying.
Unbeknownst to me, my middle daughter had something much more scary on her mind…..math! She piped up before my youngest could relay her traumatic minutes in the cafeteria, “we did a lot of scary math today.”
So let me just back up and tell you that, as a family, math is not our strong suit. My son has had nightmare’s where math problems pose as villains, my husband majored in Communications to steer clear of algebraic equations and statistics. My children are fully aware that they pretty much tap out any help they are going to get from me in math by the fourth grade!
Needless to say, I do not foresee any doctors or engineers miraculously escaping this black hole of math aptitude we call our home.
But we are not so challenged as to miss this very important equation found in Matthew 12: 34-35:
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil out of the evil stored up in him.”
Wow, an equation I can actually understand and possibly even explain to my kids…….Good things going in = good things coming out. Bad things going in = bad things coming out.
If I’m honest with myself, I can attest to how true this statement is. When am I most irritated, impatient, and just impossible to be around? I would say there is a direct correlation to how much time I’m spending in God’s Word, with Him in prayer, and overall nurturing my relationship with the Lord.
This principle reminds me that we need to be intentional as parents to fill our hearts, home and children’s mind with good things.
Do you want your children to learn the discipline of bible study and prayer? Spend time each morning with your children, reading a verse or two from the bible. We are currently going through Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids
Pray a quick prayer with them before they head out the door to school (I usually do this on our walk to the bus stop). Talk to them about what it means to have a personal relationship with the Lord.
Do you want your children to learn to be thankful, joyful? Start today by making a daily list of all the ways they are thankful, thus producing joy in their lives.
Do you want to know true peace in your life? Look for glimpses of the Lord in your every day life, and He will be faithful to show up!
What are some ways you implement this equation into you life and bring good into your home and hearts?