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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs  22:6 (NIV)

Last week a few of my friends and I went to a ladies night at church. It was such a great evening! One of the points that I loved and has stuck with me was intentional parenting. My husband and I have said many times that we want to raise strong Christian children and that’s what we try to do daily with our son. The thing about intentional parenting that really stood out to me was the daily aspect, the speaker talked about finding Jesus in the everyday moments and taking those opportunities to teach our children. We don’t have to wait until Sunday morning during their Bible lessons for our children to be taught about God’s word. No child is to young or to old to start. All it takes is a simple moment where we pray, read the Bible together or talk about the beautiful day God created to start the curiosity in our child to continue asking more questions about God. If we find a way to daily teach our children about God then it won’t be by chance that we raise a strong Christian child, it will be because we were intentional!

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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 6:5-7 (NIV)

While I was pregnant there were several times that I would lay down to rest and sing “You Are My Sunshine” to my belly. I just felt like Eli would be able to hear me, after all that is what every pregnancy book tells you. After I had sung it to him several times it got to the point where I could feel him kicking when I would start singing. Now he is not far from being 8 months old and when he gets upset all I have to do is start singing that song and it calms him down! It is amazing how something that seemed so simple could make such a lasting impact on my child. All he needs is mommy to sing this song and everything is all better. I know that is how leaving a legacy starts, as something so simple yet has a lasting impact. Yesterday we bought Eli a new Bible that has fun and intricate drawings inside. He loves to look at! Every night we read him a Bible story. My hope in doing this is that he will love the Bible, treasure it and spend time in it every day, seeking what it says and not the world. I hope that this simple part of his bed time routine will make that lasting impact on his life and leave a legacy for truly loving God’s word. It all starts with a simple step and will lead to that lasting impact… the legacy you leave.