Longing For Your Child to Digest the Truth

The cute toddler sized outfit, its corners pinched between my thumbs and middle fingers, appeared too big. How could my infant son’s five pound frame possibly expand large enough to fill it?  Yet, two years later, I witnessed him growing into those clothes.
It didn’t happen overnight. Time, as any parent knows, becomes a surreal presence in the midst of child raising. The days often seem endless. Yet, the years accumulate quickly. Nurturing the body demands investment on the part of the caregiver: acknowledging varying dietary needs, identifying restrictions, observing carefully the developmental results, knowing when love for your child trumps their arms pushing back in resistance. Sustaining life is no simple task.
“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.” (Deut. 6:6-9 The Message)
Nurturing life in your child  involves more than physical consumption.
Morsels of truth must be fed at all times. Unlike, food, there are no restrictions. Scripture speaks of sharing the “bread” at all times and in all places. While we may be privy to the results immediately. The “aha” moments bring satisfaction to both. The hunger for more brings us joy.
Yet, at times, the truth is not yet embraced or the bites are still being digested. Perhaps the words are overwhelming. Will they ever grow into the knowledge of the truth?
So we pray. Asking for the Spirit of truth to satiate and fill the hunger. And hope that the recognition of the true source of the soul’s nourishment is grasped. Knowing it is only found in Jesus-The way. The Truth. The Life.
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4 thoughts on “Longing For Your Child to Digest the Truth

  1. E. Adams Wright

    Your words reminded me of my mother who nurtured me physically and with “morsels of truth.” I imagine there were times that she wondered if I was going to mature in my walk with God, if her efforts would bear fruit. I trust that in Heaven, somehow she knows that her efforts were not in vain.

  2. Jeanne Takenaka

    Stephanie, I’m so sorry I didn’t make it here sooner. This weekend was far busier than I imagined it would be. 🙂
    I love your post, and I see we kind of went in similar veins. My boys knowing and embracing God’s truth has been heavy on my heart lately. I liked what you said here:
    “Yet, at times, the truth is not yet embraced or the bites are still being digested.” My guys are probably still in the “digesting” phase. Figuring out what truth is really true.
    Great post, friend!


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