Encourage Your Children to Be A Light

Matthew 5:14"You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven."

We’re so special. Not because of anything we specifically do but because we’re children of God. Through him we have a light that can shine in the darkness of the world. A cynical world that has little regard for biblical principals or reverence for Jesus. When my daughter was born I became extremely sensitive to the dangers of the world and the potential effect it could have on her impressionable little life. I realized more than ever that in our home my light needed to shine before her so that my love for God would be contagious in her life. I'm a working single mom and unfortunately my daughter is away from me for a good portion of the day and I can't control what she's exposed to the hours she's in school. Let\'s face it, regardless if you're a working mom or a SAHM the world creeps in. What can we do? We can be a beacon of light in their life!

Make a conscious effort to let your light inspire your children. The greatest gift a mom can give is to shine brightly inside and outside of her home. When your kids observe your light in all circumstances they'll be encouraged to follow in your footsteps. Jesus tells us we aren't to hide our light or put it under the table. This is his purpose for us, to draw others toward him. This requires us to be strong in our convictions and not hide our faith. For example, I've been out with friends who don't pray before they eat, but I do and so does my daughter. What would happen if I decided not to pray because my friend wasn't? Do you think if my daughter is in the same scenario later without me she'll pray? Most likely she won't.

What we do now instills a pattern in our child's life. It's important to teach them not to follow the crowd, but to let their light shine and not conceal it from others. Kids are impressionable and they desire to fit in. This desire is often in contrast to the biblical principals we're trying to instill in them. Teach them their light is a special gift to be shared and encourage them to shine both in private and in public.

My name is Chere, I am a 39 year old single mom of a beautiful and brilliant four year old named Anya. I am raising Anya through the guidance of God and created this blog as a way to share my inspirations, my hopes, my faith,and the ups and downs of life and motherhood with others. Please check out my weekly column with Moms of Faith and my occasional articles in Inspired Women Magazine! http://asinglechristianmomsadvice.blogspot.com/