I want to let you know what happened about a couple weeks ago, at the first moms workshop, on “How to Teach (My) Children to Love God’s Word” creatively.
One of the moms that signed up came over for the workshop. I prepared my children for her coming by giving them the usual “mommy drill”. I said to them, “Remember why I’m doing this and why I need you to cooperate. I want to help this mommy to know how to love her child with God’s love, not in her own strength, right? Because if mommies love children in their own strength, it won’t be enough to prepare them fully in the ways of the Lord. And, as you have personally experienced, it’s not as good when I love you selfishly.” That is the truth. So, they agreed, and I prayed they would actually do what I asked them to do.
When it came time for me to share more of my personal testimony and to allow time, if the mom was comfortable enough, to share her own, my girls intuitively knew that it was time for them to leave the main room and go do their own thing upstairs. In reality, they probably didn’t want to hear me talk anymore, so they went upstairs to avoid hearing my story, again. But, whatever the reason, it was used by God because the rest of the time was very intense. I believe it was an effective workshop, but the proof will be in the results that the mom has in her life.
On another note, I want to share how God proved true to His word, once again!
While I prepared for this divine appointment with the mom in the morning, I was going to find out very soon, the same day, what I had intentionally been doing to build my children’s lives, in the past, God would use to minster to me in return!
My youngest daughter decided to have a “Tea Time” around 2 o’clock in that afternoon. I still hadn’t rested from the morning’s events or from the night before, in preparation for the first workshop or training session. God used Bethany to minister to me! Although I didn’t want to stop and rest for a moment like I needed to, I accepted the invitation to join her and her sisters. She said, “Mommy, can we have a tea time?” I thought for a second, “This could slow me down and keep me from doing something else that “I” feel I need to do.” I fought that thought and decided to honor her and sit to have “Tea”.
Wow! God is so good (that’s an understatement)! For those of you who know me personally and have been to my home in Colorado, you know that I really love to make people feel welcome when they come in to my home, to show how much God cares for them. I almost always have coffee and tea ready in case anyone feels like enjoying a cup. Ministering to other moms and church family through home bible studies and showing them love through “Tea or Coffee” has been my modus operandi ever since we arrived in Denver.
My girls know that, and I believe Bethany sensed that I needed some of that too. When she so innocently asked for this special time with tea, I couldn’t turn it down. She was either wanting to share in the moment with me what was on her heart and bless me or she was needing me to do that for her. As a result, all of us were blessed!
Sometimes God uses your children to speak to you.
I had invested in my children for years, by having tea time only and specifically with them and now I was reaping the harvest of sowing those seeds in their hearts! God’s word does not return void (Isaiah 55:10).
Loving God involves loving people. Love the ones He has put around you first, and you will be blessed!