About four nights out of the week I’m sleep deprived. I’m up until sometime after midnight. Exhausted, knowing I have to wake up the next day and give my best to myself and my family. But this time that I’m awake, I am giving my best to my family. It’s the time that my oldest daughter and I can really dig deep into some meaningful conversations. It’s never planned, put on the calendar, talked about earlier in the day. It just happens. Usually around the time I’m letting both my girls know it’s time for bed. My oldest feels the need to linger, drink water, be the last in the restroom. Then it starts, a smile, a hug, a kiss. I’m saying, “okay, good night, time for bed” She gives me a look, I know that look all too well. Usually she’s not wanting to go to bed. She’s a night owl, she does some of her best work at night, and although I’m aware of this, I can’t allow her to stay up late all the time because it cuts into my sleep! You feel me moms?!
But, I give in. “What’s on your mind, sweetie?” She proceeds with her sweet, subtle voice. “How was your day, mommy?” And this is where it all starts. These moments are just one of many I have talking to my daughters about life. Most are intentional, throughout the day, but these, these are extra unexpected God-given moments. Since they are, I take every opportunity I have to let them know how the Lord expects us to live. I’m not a realist in the since of what I can see. I always say that God is my reality. In His reality, everything I say, do, whatever happens, my plans, goals, relationships, are all Kingdom focused. Yes, I’m one of those people who see God in ALL things, and whatever the situation, it’s ALL Him. I teach this to my girls.
Our talks usually involve sex, marriage, school, our gifts, who we are in Christ. They span from one topic to another. In the end, they all point to the same goal, living for Christ. We can’t do anything without Christ. He is our guide, provider, teacher, friend, Savior. He is at the center of it all. Kingdom focus is teaching our daughters to live a life purposely focused on living by the word of God. Teaching them to teach their daughters. Seeking out scriptures to everyday trials. Applying word to every situation no matter what the world says. Living differently, renewing our minds, (Romans 12:2) keeping ourselves holy because Christ is holy. 1 Peter 1:16. That is hard to live like, I know, but it must be done. It must be taught, it must be taken seriously. I don’t want to compromise teaching my daughters or living a certain way myself for the sake of the world.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live life filled with love, following the example of Christ…
We must live unashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16. Find moments throughout the day to teach your daughter how to live like Christ. Set an alarm, make a date, stay up late. Sometimes in those night hours, the quietness of the night, are times they are most open to talking and sharing, which allows you to apply God’s word. Don’t miss the opportunity to start to leave a legacy of faith in your daughters. Start now, start today.
For His Glory,