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
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly...Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:1, 3-4
I don't think we praise you enough. Forgive us for being too busy to stop and acknowledge your power and might, your love and care. Help us to pause for a moment and exalt you today. Give us a new song of praise in our hearts and in our mouths and may you take pleasure in what you hear. Amen.