These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Today I want you to meet another D6 mom, Van Walton. She’s one of my friends and P31 teammates. Van has two sons: one in college and one married, who’s also attending grad school. I’ve always seen Van as a mentor mom – she’s so good at it. She is also great at recognizing and capturing D6 stories with her kids (teaching spiritual truths in everyday life lessons). Here is how she started becoming a D6 mom years ago:
“I touch it.”
My little boy planted the palm of his hand on the window, longing to reach out from the airplane floating over fluffy clouds.
With each trip through the sky my little guy became more intrigued with clouds. I had introduced him to them from earth, but here he had an up-close-and-personal glimpse. He wanted to touch them. On another trip he struggled to understand how they could be seen but not touched. Next trip, he asked me to explain how they could be seen, yet they wouldn’t hold us if we tried bouncing on them.
Teaching our children about God is like introducing them to clouds. How do you explain something that is visible but not tangible? Even more challenging, how do you introduce a child to an invisible God who is real and can be seen, if you know where to find him?
I remember one of my first D6 moments with my boys. It was soon after the day they were given their first crayons. They scribbled in delight filling pages with lines, shapes, and strange markings. Like any mother I happily displayed their work.
One day as we drove into the sunset, I pointed out the windshield and announced, “Look boys. God has been coloring too.”
They squealed with delight. They couldn’t wait to go home and paint a picture to show Him. Even though they had heard me pray and refer to God from infancy, they now understood my talk. Seeing the work of God’s hands, they related. From then on I brought God into our everyday life, asking Him to inspire me. And God has been faithful!
One windy day He helped me introduce my son, Aaron, to the Holy Spirit. Fanning his face so he could feel the movement of air, I instructed, “God is like the wind. You can’t see Him, but you can feel and experience the result of his presence.” Months later a little breeze blew in. Aaron wondered aloud, “Has God come to play?”
Another day, my younger son Benjamin begged for a puppy. I relented and, while bathing the filthy-brought-home-from-the-shelter stray, God proved faithful again as He nudged my heart to tell my son how bathing the dog was like Baptism – he would be made clean.
Together we learned from a lost and lonely doggie, how obedience and dependence on a Master, especially when He calls us to follow, has the power to turn a life of captivity into one of freedom.
Clouds, wind, puppies…God’s nature and character is everywhere. Showing our children how to find Him in the midst of each day is a mother’s greatest privilege and joy, especially when it leads them to finding God on their own.
I love hearing how other moms live out Deuteronomy 6 – and show us how to teach our children about God as we do life with them and Him each day. Later this week I’ll be sharing more about taking this to the next level with older children. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and stories!
Today I'll be giving away Van's amazing children's story From the Pound to the Palace in book form and on DVD (starring my son, Andrew, as the voice of a puppy, along with Josh and I as the voices of a boy and his mom). If you win and have older children who've grown out of children's stories, I"ll substitute a mom book you'd enjoy. I'll also be giving a very cute D6 mom shirt and two more tickets to give for the SOLD OUT event - Girls Nite Out in Houston!
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