I just started reading Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper and I am excited about this book!
DearHubby has been working so hard that a lot of the childcare and household responsibilities have fallen on my shoulders. DearHubby has great confidence in me and trusts that I am able to carry this load. We've talked about our desires for our children, which is to bring them up in the ways of the Lord, but we've never really discussed the details as to how we ought to do that. In the past, I've nagged DearHubby about his role as our family's spiritual leader. I used to have expectations of what that spiritual leader looks like and one of them is leading me and the children in a family worship time. I know that DearHubby desires these things, but I also know that he's burdened with the responsibility to uphold our family's financial needs too. We are reminded of the sparrows and the lilies of the field and how God takes care of them and because we mean so much more to God then how much more He will take care of us. And though I know that DearHubby fully trusts the Lord with our financial issues, I understand that there is a burden of responsibility that he carries to make sure that he's providing enough for his family. In addition to our financial needs, DearHubby has been burdened with the task to renovate our home so that we have a roof to provide over our children's heads. Therefore, though it's been a difficult task for me to reach this point, I've finally accepted the fact that, for now, I am the one who will be mostly influencing our children about the way they see the world.
Anyway, so, DearHubby and I have discussed our desires to raise our children in God's ways, yet I often lose sight of this goal because the task of just surviving through the day often blurs my vision. The girls' diapers need to be changed, DearDaughter1 is being disobedient again, DearDaughter2 needs a feeding, the girls need a bath, do their toenails and fingernails need a trim, what's for dinner tonight, a load of laundry needs to get in the washer, the dishes need to be washed, the toilets and bathtub need cleaning, the trash needs to be taken out, do we have enough money for groceries this week, can we afford to buy the girls clothes, and the list goes on...This long but necessary list of things to do often causes me to forget my main goal and desire for my children, which is to know and love God.
So, I am excited for Noel Piper's book because already in the first chapter, she reminds us mommies that the traditions we have in our family displays the "Treasure of our lives." Then, at the end of the chapter, a few challenging questions are asked to help remind mommies what should be the driving force of our actions:
• What is my greatest treasure? What is most precious to me?
• How do I reflect and express that treasure in my life?
• How can I pass that treasure on to my children and others within my circle?
I truly appreciate these questions because it helps challenge me to think about what is most precious to me. Why is this list of things on my mind? Is it really important that those things get done? What drives me to get these things done? Are the chores the end itself or is there a greater reason? These questions have already caused me to realize that there is a greater reason. This list of things should be the outward workings of my love for God which in turn causes me to have love for my husband and my children. That is what ought to be displayed to them as I work. When I grow angry because something is not getting done or when I get frustrated and am unkind to my family, what I am reflecting and expressing is that this list of things to do is far more important to me than the true care that I have for my husband and children. That is a huge reality check for me! Is God truly my treasure or have I made my list of things to do my treasure and is that really what I want to pass on to my children? I thought God was most precious to me, but these questions truly helped shed light on what's really hidden in my heart.
Therefore, I am excited to read the rest of this book, excited to see how the Piper's treasure was displayed to the circle of people about them, particularly to their children, and be encouraged to pass on this great treasure to our girls too.