Keepers of The Home
Earlier this week my daughter was reading a short story from Aesops Fables, called The Crow and The Fox, for her school. The story was about a crow that had a piece of bread in his mouth. A sly fox came along, and he became instantly aware of the danger she was in. The fox began to flatter her by telling her how beautiful she was and that she was the queen of all crows. The flattery began to work its magic, and as the crow opened her mouth to let out his greatest song, the piece of bread fell from her mouth into the fox’s. The lesson to be learned? Beware of flattery.
I used this story to teach my daughter about picking a spouse in the future. I taught her that if her gut ever told her to be on guard, to continue with great caution, as a boy might try flattery in attempt to win her heart for his own gain. I went on to tell her that many of the songs sung on the radio are about just that, women who have been hurt by men who only ever wanted one thing. Without wisdom and discernment, I warned, she may be as the crow, and end up suffering to her detriment.
Every day we have teachable moments with our children. Are we engaged in teaching them about their surroundings? I stand amazed at the many opportunities the Lord gives me to speak truth to our children and how very interested they are to drink up the wisdom I share with them. Surely I have their hearts and attention. This is motherhood and the very best of parenting; tending to our young children and getting them ready to be godly men and women.
This same week, we had another conversation regarding choosing a spouse after we gathered around the table to eat lunch. My children had just watched a show about Isaac and Rebekah on T.V., and I pointed out how trusting Isaac was of his parents. Abraham, in an effort to obey the Lord (Deuteronomy 7:2-4), advised his servant to go find a wife for his son that was in his family and served the same God.
The first lesson we learn here, is that Abraham was concerned for his son and his future wife. He also desired to follow the Lords wisdom in that he would help his son to find a wife that served the same God (2 Corinthians 6:14). Are you involved with helping your child seek their spouse?
The second lesson we learn from this story is that Isaac willingly submitted to his parent’s wisdom and guidance and did not usurp their authority as Sampson did in Judges 14 chapter 3 to his parents. I cautioned my children in regards to these two men in scripture. I went on to show our children the outcome of both of these men according to scripture. How Isaac found a beautiful wife that had a servants heart and loved him, while Sampson found a beautiful women that would end up betraying him to his enemies and ultimately costing him his life.
Dear mother, every day is rich with opportunity to teach your children about God’s ways. May the good Lord open your eyes to see all of the many opportunities he has placed before you in order for you to fulfill this scripture in Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV) --
“And thou shalt teach them (God’s words, decrees and statutes) diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”