As I sent my boys off to college, Bink as a junior, and Davis as a deer-in-the-headlights freshman, I couldn't help but throw in those last motherly comments like, "Brush your teeth" or "Wash your sheets every now and then" or "Fruit not fried". We mommas just can't help being mommas, can we?!
Another desire, however, that runs deeper than the physical instruction for my sons (and my daughters) is about their daily walk with the Lord. Over the summer, I put a little journal together for my boys called Picture Scripture. Inside the pages, I wrote out a passage, and then put simple pictures beside it. Hopefully, this will help my boys hide God's word in their heart. It's kind of like a "picture concordance"-- the red letters beside each phrase match the red letters beside each explanatory picture.
Here are two of the passages within the current 25 page journals. Bear with the stick figure art, but enjoy the truth of God's Word. As you read it, ask yourself, "Where am I in this picture?"
Hopefully Bink and Davis will remember to brush their teeth, wash their sheets, and eat healthy foods. But really, I do have to let all this go; they're big boys now. But what I will always encourage and remind them to do in whatever creative way that I can is this: to read God's word, to meditate on God's word, to embrace God's word, and to LIVE God's word each and every day of their manly maturing life.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
(Paul defends himself before Agrippa), "So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. This is why the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to the small and great alike." Acts 26:19-22
When we hear from you, whether it's directly from your word or through someone's biblical teaching or by the prompting of your Spirit, give us the desire to obey your commands. Make us willing to speak about who you are so others can come to know you as Savior. Prevail in, through, and around us. Amen.