As the front door was opened a smile came to my face. Like No ratings yet.

“Generation to Generation” by Olivia Francis.

As the front door was opened a smile came to my face. You see, we were visiting our daughter for the first time since she got married and had moved into their ‘cozy’ apartment. When you first get married everything is ‘cozy’!

They had invited us for dinner, and I was really looking forward to it. Entering their living area, the food was all laid out and this time a bigger smile came to my face. Looking at that table, you would have thought you were looking at my table. Opening her cabinets, you would have thought you were opening my cabinets. The smell as the front door was opened, you would have thought you were entering into my house. Did I sit her down and give her specific instructions how to cook and how to shop and how to lay a table – no. She had observed over the years the way Mum did things. Subconsciously she had absorbed many things that words alone could not do.

Psalm 145:4 (KJV) One generation shall praise thy works to another and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Wanting to do it the way Mum does it is showing praise.

What are we passing down to our children? What spiritual legacy are we leaving for them? The next generation must see us holding fast to the Truth. In a time when things are ‘sliding’ we must let them know:

Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

When we talk about being an example to our children, we must allow them to see the struggles that we encounter in life. If all they see is everything ‘nice and rosy’ then we are not preparing them to deal with their own struggles. They need to see you running to God in prayer when your heart is breaking over a situation. They need to see you lifting up your hands during praise and worship when they know everything is not ok. When they know financially things are bad they need to see you trusting God. What an example you are setting for them. Your actions will speak so loudly. Your faith in God will have a lasting impact on their lives. Let them see you standing firm in shaky times.

I have heard someone say, ‘Parenting pushed me to prayer’. If our children are doing well spiritually, they are not out of the woods. If they are not doing well, their story is not over.

Note: Olive Francis is the wife of Bishop L N Francis, General Superintendent of UPC Great Britain & Ireland and Pastor of the great Life Tabernacle London Church. Mum of 3 and Grandmum of 4.
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