Oh My Heart Smiled Big When I Saw ...

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The backwards cursive G is in the middle and the tall lower case "d" is right above it.  I was checking for cars before I pulled out onto our road on the way to school, when I saw that my daughter had written with her finger on the dew covering the window, "God is Good," in innocent messy finger writing. 

When she wrote it, she didn't know how big it was going to make my heart smile.  She wasn't thinking about me when she wrote it.  She was thinking about God... and how good and faithful He is.

I am so very GRATEFUL that my daughter has an active relationship with the Heavenly Father, because there is no single more important factor to her being prepared to live life, with out me, other than knowing her Father in Heaven.

I firmly believe that people are called into the family of God first off, by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:3
...no man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:29
For whom he did forenow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

I also believe that our HOME and FAMILY are our first mission field.

I am FAR from perfect, always have been far from perfect, and always will be far from perfect, but what are some things that I know I have done RIGHT with my daughter to know that I played a role in her spiritual growth??

In my family, we talk about God, 
His presence,
His power,
His ideas,
His instructions,
His LOVE for all people,
His goodness,
His faithfulness,
His plan of salvation,
His plans for the future of humanity,
We talk about it all
as if it is REAL,
as if it matters,
as if it is related to everything,
as if every decision can be rooted in Him,
as if we are BLESSED because of Him,
as if HE deserves ALL GLORY and HONOR,
as if He is a personable loving Father God.

We pray together regularly 
during routines 
like often before meals,
like everyday in the car before we get out at school,

and I used to tell my kids,
"Don't forget to say your prayers before you go to sleep,"  after they grew up some, and I quit praying WITH them at night.

We went to church most Sundays, and most of their CHILDHOOD they were in a Sunday School class.  When available, they benefited from various Christian education programs for children, like Bible memory clubs and vacation Bible schools.

When my family, or any individual went through a crisis, PRAYER was a tool we used for HEALING and therapy.  Sometimes we prayed for healing and therapy TOGETHER, and sometimes I did it on my own, 
employing every scripture I could think of,
or reciting scripture I had written down.

There were times when I even went into their bedroom at night when they slept, 
and layed my hands on them individually,
and prayed,
sometimes tears falling,
as I layed it all out before my Father,
asking above all, 
for their spirit and soul to be healed,
and blessed.

I always wanted physical health for my children YES,
but spiritual, mental, emotional health, I wanted for my children no less, and there were times when that was the focus of my prayer.

God has been faithful in amazing ways.  I am a very grateful mother to see my children both active and growing in their walk with our Lord.

PSALM 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

PSALM 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I hope you are encouraged, and that you will stand ready to love and share prayer and Bible wisdom lovingly with children who God brings into YOUR life !!

Not until we get to Heaven, will we possibly get to know the fruit that God brought forth from our humble loving, planting, watering, nurturing.... His will be done.

Tammy @
Grandma Mary Marthađź’–


  1. Several years ago, as I was in the stage of parenting very young toddlers, God hit me with a similar thought as you...my home and role of "Mom" IS my mission field...at the time with three unbelievers. It sure changes perspective when you think of how important that work is. Children are SUCH a blessing!

    1. YES YES YES, absolutely, HOME is our first mission field, and we are accountable to God for what goes on in our home, and how we lead and train, and care... as parents. Yes children are a great gift !!

  2. This is such an adorable story. I sometimes wonder if I'm weird or odd for relying on God in even small everyday situations, or relating every small occurrence to part of His big plan. So I'm glad to hear there are others who do the same, and that I'm not just over-analyzing! Great post, excited to read more from you!

    1. Thank you for visiting, and for kind words Kim! Eyes that are watching, will pick up on that dependence, and I believe WORDS to teach are powerful as well. Please do come back.

  3. This is such an incredible post, filled with great wisdom and ideas for motherhood and our most important mission work- our precious children!

    Thank you for sharing your faithful parenting journey with us, Tammy. I nodded along as I read through your Godly parenting experience and soaked in God's Word you offered throughout this post.

    1. Chris, thank you for visiting, and taking the time to encourage me in my blogging journey. I am grateful.


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