Being a Shepherd
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
This passage of Scripture is a beautiful picture of how we should be as moms. Christ is our example. He is the picture of a good shepherd. His sheep follow him because he knows them; they in turn listen and follow. If you want to have influence with your children, if you want your children to follow your teaching, the best thing you can do is to study your children. Take the time to invest in them, learning their likes, dislikes, passions, motivations, and disappointments. To be known by your mom is a powerful thing. Don’t waste the influence that is at your fingertips.
Father, thank you for being my shepherd and for leading me so well. God, I pray that I will be an excellent student of my children, that I will be open to how you designed them, and that I would work with and not against you. I pray that I would continue to learn my children’s ways. Teach them to listen to my voice. Give me your voice. Amen
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