An Un-Canonized Psalm of Raising Men
The battles of my husband’s sexual impurity has increased our awareness of the weight we carry in raising boys who will become men.
God has so deeply placed on our hearts the importance of teaching our children Scripture early and young. Oh, that they might have the Word of God hidden in their hearts, keeping them from sin against him!
I could have let myself stand in fear of what our past sin would mean for the lives of our children. That would be very natural for my often weak heart. But praise God that instead of fear, I feel a deep, godly charge to raise men who love Him more than their sin.
A women’s group that I am involved in studied 1 Timothy, through guidance of Elizabeth George’s book, “Pursuing Godliness: A Woman after God’s Own Heart.” The study was also referenced in “Entertaining Strangers.”
The most valuable lesson I took from Timothy was the role of his mother and grandmother in his faith. Paul calls Timothy “my true child in the faith.”
In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul says to Timothy “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
In 2 Timothy 12-18, Paul also reminds Timothy not to forget the sacred writings that he was taught from childhood. They are what made him wise for salvation through faith in Jesus!
I would say that Lois and Eunice were pretty important in the molding of Timothy’s heart. Just the fact that they are specifically named in the verses rather than simply referenced shows their honor.
Even more, you better believe that they could not teach Timothy the Scriptures without deeply knowing them and having a relationship with Jesus themselves!
Live in the Round writer, Jenn pointed me to a couple of great resources: OhAmanda.com and “Praying for Boys” by Brooke McGlothlin. Tools like these have really helped to guide my teaching time and prayer life for the young children we have. It is so amazing how young they can learn to memorize scripture. Even our 2 year old has started to recite verses with prompting!
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
Psalm 103:17-18 (ESV)
I read a blog post not long ago written by a “mommas’ boy” who honored his mother for her critical role in “making my brothers and me into men — men of love, men of discipline, courage, and learning, men of sympathy and sensitivity, especially toward women, most of all, men after God’s heart.” My heart broke as I read. And I prayed, “Lord, let these words be the words of my boys in 25 years. Not for my glory, but because you used me to mold their souls as they deeply fell in love with Jesus.”
Thank you for putting a weight on me to see my toddler boys as aspiring men.
Men that may be leaders someday in homes, workplaces and in ministry.
Lord, they are yours and only you know the plan for their beginning and end, but let me take my charge seriously to point them to Christ in all things. To help to hide your word in their hearts. May they be receptive to the truth of faith in Jesus. Lord, shape their hearts so that men would see you so clearly in their lives as you did with Timothy.
Let them love and honor you in all they do. May they see women through your eyes and not with lust in their hearts.
These are all things that only you can do through the softening of their hearts, but let me work and pray as if their lives depend on it!
Yours in the Round,
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