Welcome to Of the Mouth of Babes! I am thrilled you have decided to stop by and share in how I feel God reveals His Father’s heart to me on a daily basis.
I don’t know about you, but since becoming a parent, convictions abound as my kids get older and I daily (try as humanly possible with the help of The Lord!) teach them the ways of The Lord and His True Word. I often find myself hearing that still small voice (which can become rather resounding at times) speaking to me and turning the questions that I have asked my kids, into questioning me on how I am handling those situations in my own life.
Why Of the Mouth of Babes? Because from the mouth of my precious babes, they are the ones teaching and correcting me, giving me a glimpse on how God must feel for his children. I just love this verse found in Psalms stating the power of what our children speak.
Psalm 8:2(NKJV) – “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”
Psalm 8:2(NIV) – “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Whether my kids are singing praises or not (which does often happen here along with dance parties:), the moments of teaching and direction become moments for strength to be gained and to silence the enemy and the avenger. The avenger wants me to feel like a bad mom because my kids messed up again and I had to reteach a biblical principal. God wants me to succeed and bring light to their lives (and my own!), silencing the foe and establishing a stronghold against the enemies attacks so I can bring TRUTH to the next generation.
That issue in their lives that needs silencing has a way of revealing to me that exact same issue in my life that I need work on. The Message says it this way:
“Toddlers shout the song
that drown out enemy talk
My kids have a way of helping me see the darkness of my own life where I might think I am doing just fine. With every “are you listening and obeying” and “you have what he has right in front of you” and “God hates sin; whining is a sin” and “we should have a happy, helpful, thankful heart” comes the tugging at my heart of how I have or have not been an example of what I am trying to teach my kids. God’s heart breaks every time he has to correct us and show us how to do it over and over again, just as mine does for my children. How much more does he want us to be set free and live lives of obedience to his perfect plan than we do for our children?! This quote struck a cord with me:
“God’s intentions were that we would not only love children for the sake of loving them, but that we would see them as a primary way to propagate the gospel. That generally, godly children would be the obvious fruit of a Christian marriage, and that would cause the enemy to quake.”
I pray that God will continue to convict and purify me so that I may be an example that my kids will also live by. I want those strongholds to be broken so that the enemy does quake when we become the “overcomers” God created us to be.
While I am certainly no theologian, I do fully believe in the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives in mighty ways when we are open to His leading and direction. God speaks to us and as I often tell my kids, we need to listen (and obey!).
So for now, may our day to day adventures lead you to fall more in love with Jesus and see how He loves us in very real ways.