Saturday, September 10, 2011

Making Disciples In Your Own Home

HELP! My kids are growing and they won't quit!

Secretly I am loving every minute of it. I think I am a little nervous that I will miss it one day, but so far I am just enjoying every moment I can.

As some have pointed out maybe I don't have an issue with them growing because I still have a toddler running around. He throws fits, says things like "I sawdry", forgets to go potty, steals toys, gives great hugs, runs and whispers he loves me.

I tend to look at life like an adventure. It was never meant to stay the same day after day, year after year. I think that perspective helps me enjoy an insane amount of chaos!

Having two college age daughters and others following close behind I am reminded how quickly this happens! There is probably no better statement than Tim Kimmel's "the days are long but the years are short!"

Mom's...grabs your moments!

I plan on doing that very thing with a couple of my daughters this year. They are both at college and home, so I'm not guaranteed they will be next semester. So here is my chance to grab my moment as we take a semester off from leading small groups at our church and focus on them.

Matthew 28:19 says, "Therefore Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
It doesn't mean we all have to go to another country to make disciples. I'm amazed how quickly we forget we have a mission field within our own homes. I know I have to remind myself on a regular basis that my role as a mom is more than just changing diapers, cleaning up messes, and running kids here and there. My home IS a mission field! And I am the one who the Lord has entrusted to care for His children (in this home) and to make a difference. When I realize my role is bigger than this moment...the daily hassles tend to have a purpose that don't defeat me.

God has equipped us to make disciples!

Do you know how to make disciples?

We make disciples by investing our lives into their lives, by developing relationships with them, and by teaching them what God has taught us. (MOM's...this is us!) It's really walking beside them as we go through life and sharing how I put the Lord first. How I let Him direct my choices. How I give all the glory and thanks to Him. How I seek forgiveness when I fail. And how I give grace when others don't deserve it, because He shared grace the moment He died upon the cross.

My little kids get me all day long. Since my grown daughters are here and close I'm are going to seize the moment to disciple them.

It will be a joy to dig in Gods word with my girls.
It will be a joy to keep our relationship alive as we live as women.
It will be a joy living life with them as we all seek what our Father asks of us.

I'm sure we will have opportunity to share our failures and our dreams. They can learn from a woman who has gone before them. And I can learn to pray for them as they invite me in to their lives.

Are you pouring into your kids? Do you see them inviting you in to their world? It doesn't happen over night, and it will never happen without YOU being intentional!

Start today by learning what they find might be surprised how fun it can be seeing them as unique individuals vs 'just' your child.

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