It was 6:30 in the morning, 34 Texas degrees outside, dark, drizzling and windy. I told my girls we weren’t going to go for a run that morning andâ€¦
My 5 and 7 year old girls cried because I wouldn’t take them out in the FahREEZing, wet weather to RUN.
Why was it so important to them?
Because it was important to me. They saw me running in the morning and wanted to be like mommy.
Whether we like it or not, our children pick up on what we value. And they value it too. The good and the bad.
If we want our children to read the Bible, then we need to be committed to reading it. If we want our children to pray, then we need to be women of prayer. If we want our children to value their health, then we must value ours.
Our children will ALWAYS follow our actions rather than just our words. The most powerful way to impact our children is to live out the values and characteristics we dream for them.
1. What characteristics do you want your children to have? List them out and then beside each one put a 1-10. 1 means that I need a lot of improvement in modeling it and 10 means my picture is next to that word in the dictionary. The highest priority/lowest ranking ones are the characteristics we need to intentionally work on modeling to our children.
2. What are your most consistent habits every day? Are those habits you want your children to have?
Incidentally, I did end up taking them for a run that morning. Because it was importantâ€¦to all three of us.
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