Kids love bedtime stories. It’s a common occurrence in our home to read a story at night as the kids’ eyes get heavy and as the day is winding to a close.
Lately, we’ve been reading Ephesians out loud in the evenings because it’s a book that has had great depth in our lives, mine particularly. Speaking the truth of the Bible over children is such a sacred act, and we don’t take it lightly that our kids desire to hear it. It means that their spirits are pliable and they want something more than what a shallow world has to offer.
One of my favorite Scriptures in Ephesians is in Chapter 3:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father[c] 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to him be gory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
My favorite part of that Scripture not only for myself, but also for our young family is that we would be rooted and firmly established in love. There are so many opportunities to be rooted and established in things that fade away. Like a quick fix, they won’t satisfy our souls, and they definitely won’t make our peace overflowing. If we search for true joy, we will find it. If we lose our life, we will gain it. That’s what the upside-down Kingdom is all about. That’s who Jesus is.
We want to leave a legacy for our children. One of quality, consistency, comfort, and value. Just like anyone, we’ve had our own courses to walk through and still do, while adding more guidance to theirs. But the root of the issue is that as parents, we will: slow down, listen, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, and then create an answer that supports a healthy, sustainable root. Our goal is to support wholeness.
I’m not one to cover up issues or symptoms. I don’t like going around problems, I prefer going through them and overcoming. And so that’s what we are teaching our children to do.
What are a few root issues you are working through? What are some boundaries you can put in place in order to go deeper with God? What are a few areas where you can express your transformation while also having some fun?
March is all about “creating” in our house! Enjoy the rest of this month by planting a healthy root instead of trimming a branch. Both are needed, but only one will can create and grow a flourishing tree.