“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12 NIV)
Here is something all parents want to say to their kids. They want this built into the structure of their kids’ bedroom written on the wall in huge letters, and every parent hopes it transfers into their kids’ heart.
Every time our kids disobey, we want to throw this verse at them. We want to be honored. I get it. I’m a parent.
But 3 1/2 years ago, I didn’t. Even pregnant, I didn’t get it.
And if you aren’t a parent, you don’t get it.
Not yet anyway.
The thing is – God cares about family. He cares about family structure. He wants it to be wonderful because he knows that it can be.
In the 10 commandments – you have 2 of them devoted to family order. The one we’re looking at today, and then “Don’t commit adultery”. Because God cares about marriage too.
If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t have carved it into stone.
If you are someones child reading this – and you are yet to leave the nest… Honor your parents. Don’t blatantly disobey. And honestly, if you are reading this, you probably aren’t the type of person that would blatantly disobey.
But here’s something – this is the only commandment with a promise. If you do honor your parents, he promises you a long life. That’s something. And once you have kids of your own, you’ll understand why that’s so important.
And then you’ll understand why it’s important to honor your parents.
As parents, we love our kids more than anything. Even in crazy situations, they are our top priority.
And why do I believe so strongly in family?
Because I think that becoming a parent is the closest way we will ever come to understanding God’s love. And I believe that is important to him. The more we understand him, the more we will see how he is about love.
I hope that was semi-understandable. I feel like it wasn’t clear but it’s important to get.
Last week was rough. We decided to sleep train Judah. Which meant crying it out. And he started officially teething, which makes it worse. I can tell when his cries are about his teeth and when they are about.. “Hold me hold me hold me”. And for the past 2 nights, I’ve gotten over 8 hours straight. I haven’t gotten that kind of sleep in like over a year.
And then Saturday was the birthday party!
Here are just a couple of high lights 😉
I was blessed to have lots of family there. My kids had 4 different sets of grandparents, and one set of great grand parents there to celebrate their birthdays. They got some SUPER cute stuff.
Thank you to all who came out. It was successful. My kids now have too many toys again. They are so blessed and so loved.
Thanks again to everyone who came out.
Hope you have a great Monday!