Seeing the Fingerprints of God

            It’s the beginning of October. The weather is colder than I expected. I wonder to myself if I have brought enough layers for everyone. We eagerly wait at the bottom of the tall mountain. My back injury and our youngest’s short legs keep us from the long hike to the top. Instead we clamor into the van destined to take us to the top. I take the front seat to spare anyone for witnesses my car sickness on the way up. We cruise steadily around tight turns, eyes peeled for a chance to photograph the bear cubs that have been spotted around the area. We reach the drop off and pile out. 1500 feet of straight incline lie ahead. My children bound forward like wolves attacking their prey. They are ready!

            We reach the top and the views are as incredible as I remember from my former years.  Sight for miles around. The wait has been worth it. We spend two hours bouldering and climbing the enormous rocks and pathways. For my son who was nicknamed monkey at only 18 months of age, it’s like a drug. As he jumps from one rock to the next he looks back to me and says “Mom, it’s like God built this place just for me!”          

            My heart feels like it could explode from joy at that very moment. A smile blooms across my face as I respond, “That’s right buddy!”. He is so little he can’t fathom the contentment this statement breeds in my heart. As I stare down at his little body jumping from one thing to the next the thought strikes me. There are people everywhere here. How many of them see this as a gift from their God? How many of them recognize God’s fingerprints? Not many, I presume.       

         This article is meant to help equip you as a parent to help your child see God’s fingerprints in all that surrounds them; we will discuss why it’s important, where in scripture God commands parents to do this, some simple ideas of incorporating it into your everyday hustle, and what to do when you feel unqualified or stuck. 

Why Is It Important for Our Children to Be Able To Identify God’s Fingerprints 

           We cannot discuss the importance of why our children should be able to identify God’s fingerprints without first addressing the issue of why its important that you, as an adult and believer in Jesus, should be recognizing God’s fingerprints as well.            

               The importance of this matter generates from one simple question: What is at core of what God created human beings to be?  The answer to this could be both many, and controversial.  I would agree with Paul David Tripp when he states “…at the core of what God designed human beings to b is the acknowledgment of his existence and surrender to authority.”  As believers in Jesus Christ we are charged by the very nature of who we were created to be with the task of acknowledging His existence. If therefore, we are tasked with this acknowledgement  because we are the sons and daughters of Christ, so we as parents are also charged with the task of teaching it to our children.                

               But what happens if we don’t?  Is it truly that important? Consider with me for a moment what happens if we or our children do not recognize the fingerprints of Christ within the daily hustle. They grow up and they start their own lives and when it comes to making their own designs about who to trust and who to follow they don’t see God as an option. He isn’t involved in their everyday. He might have created things a long time ago, maybe, but now he isn’t connected to their world. And instead of putting God as the center, guess who gets the most prominent position.

Themselves.              

                   Helping our children to see God’s fingerprints in the middle of the daily hustle is essential tool in helping them understand that they are not God. We are helping them grow to accept the help and rescue that Christ provides for them. We are helping them to know that it is Him who makes their days worth living, it is Him who created and gave everything to them.

Whose Job is it to Teach them to See God’s Fingerprints? 

                  There are some questions that parents ask me about scripture that I really don’t have an answer right away. This one though is fairly straight forward. Lets read together Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

 

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, The Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates. “

 

                When we look at this scripture it states not only that we should have all that He has commanded us on our hearts but that we must also teach them diligently to our children. And though many people can speak into the life of your children, it is you who are sitting in the house with them, it is you who is with them when they lie down and when they rise. You are the one who gives them a house with doorposts and gates. 

                 The job of teaching our children to recognize the fingerprints of God in the middle of the daily is clearly charged to the parents. 

Simple Ways to Point Out God’s Fingerprints in the Middle of Your Daily Hustle

        So many times, in modern life we roll from one thing to the next. Remember it is His creation set before us and it all cries out to Him. Look how the leaves change color, look how the evergreen doesn’t change, see the rain he provides for his thirsty creation. Don’t forget to use the opportunities right in front of you. The pot of water on the stove boils because God made it so. The taste of that delicious chicken you’re eating is because God made it so. Your child can move his muscles and joints because God made it so. He is everywhere and His is glorious.

What to Do When you Feel Stuck or Unequipped for This Task

 

Maybe you are like so many parents that I talk to that say “I have no idea how to point my kid to Jesus in the midst of the daily hustle. And honestly” they confess, “I’m too busy trying to keep them alive to figure out how!”

I get it!

 

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Helping our children see the fingerprints of God everywhere is important task. If we don’t, we risk that our children will put themselves in His place and in the end when they grow up they will find no use for the His laws and rules we have taught them all their lives. God makes it clear Deuteronomy 6:9-10 that this is job of the parent and there are tons of simple and easy ways to incorporate this into our daily hustle.

All of His creation is set before us and it all cries out to him!

 

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Daily Reflection--Life's No Picnic

 

 

 

I remember when I first met my husband, I was 14 and he was 17. I asked him “What’s your idea of a perfect day?” He responded: “A quiet picnic outside, a slight breeze in the air, and a nap with you beside me.” 
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It was romantic and cute. I loved it and have thought back upon it often, especially since becoming a parent. Quiet picnic’s are a rarity and naps are hard to come by. Honestly, life with kids is no picnic at all.  
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I don’t have to rattle off to you the myriad of drudgery tasks that must be done each day to sustain another human beings life. Let alone amount of social functions you will give up and the amount of showers you will miss. 
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But I stop and ponder, what does his perfect day look like now? I’ll wager a bet that there is still a nap in there somewhere, but I bet it doesn’t include just me snuggled up to him anymore, rather our whole family. 
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As life has changed so have our dreams and hopes. Now we think about their hearts and what their perfect days would look like. We are trying hard to lean in and allow God to form us.
 

 

 

Daily Reflection--Which Way?

 

 

 

Ever make a parenting decision and just felt unsettled? This year we have made a huge transition in the way we school and I have to admit, I have never really felt settled in the matter. 
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This past February, when we had to make our schooling choices, I had prayed a very specific prayer. Because I felt so all over the map about the matter I knew I would need a very specific sign to help us make a decision. And God showed up big time.
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But here’s the thing. Even now, three months in to the new schooling adventure, my heart is still not settled. My feelings are still all over the map and I honestly feel like I don’t know what is best for my child. But I do know one thing. God does and He showed up and showed me the way. And even if my feelings aren’t settled. God’s are.

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So I’m relying on him in the midst of my confusion. Even if I feel like the path is unsettled beneath me, He will make so my feet land on firm ground. 

 

 

Daily Refections--Work Boots

 

 

 

“Mommy, do you have a favorite pair of shoes?” my daughter asks as she slips on her pink sparkly “cinderella shoes”. I had to think about this for a moment. Then I smile warmly “Yes. My work boots!”, I reply. Then the inevitable question: “Why?”
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Let me explain. I’m not some rough and tough tom boy who just loves to get dirty, but I’m not really known as a girly girl either. I’m somewhere in between. But whenever I slip on my boots, its because I’m going out with my kids. We are headed out for an adventure in nature that is likely to be dirty. And being in nature with my kids is my absolute favorite time to cultivate their hearts. 
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Something about being with God amidst all the things he has created, spurs on such great conversation about how big and mighty He is. We talk so much about how he cared to create all the details around us. The thousands of species of plants and bugs. The towering trees and giant bolders. They were all created by him and his fingerprints are so easily seen in this setting. 
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What are your favorite shoes? 

 

Daily Reflection--The Pumpkin Farm

 

 

 

Some places will always be nostalgic for me. The seaside restaurant where my husband proposed. My great grandfathers farm where I picked blueberries as a child. Kings Dominion (a theme park) where I braved my first roller and fell in love with daring feats. And the pumpkin farm….
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We had been planning the trip to the pumpkin farm all month. The date had been carved out for the coming Saturday. Thursday afternoon my husband came home to show me the memory photo his phone had sent to him that day. It was the two of us, at the same pumpkin farm eight years earlier. We’ve attended every year faithfully since that first visit. I looked at the picture warmly.
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Skip (my husband) and I had just decided that week to begin trying to start a family. I was so excited at the prospect. This had been my only real dream since I was a child: to be a mom. I didn’t know it then, but the coming years would be met with difficulty, sadness, and loss. It would be two and a half years before the Lord brought our first baby into our arms and not just into our hearts. 
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Whenever I step out onto that hay covered field I’m met with a rush of nostalgia for the Emily that was so excited to be a mom one day. This year as I watched my babes climb, play, and have all the pumpkin farm fun, I couldn’t help but be thankful for the things God has taught shaped in me these last 8 years. 

 

 

Daily Refection--Cuddle Up

 

 

 

Ever have one of those days where you just don’t want to get out of the bed? Don’t really want to face the day, and the activity it will bring? 
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It’s not that I don’t feel grateful for my life. I know that most of my problems are first world problems and I am immensely blessed to have all that I have. But, some days. I just don’t want to get out of bed. 
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 I think of the mornings I have to drag my son out of his bed for school. When he wakes on his own he is usually cheerful as a bird. But if you wake him, watch out! He’s a bear. And when he is, I find myself bristle. I’m irritated by his mood. I need him to get up and get ready. 
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But this isn’t grace. It’s not the fruit of the spirit. It takes discipline to get up when you don’t want to. And teaching our kids discipline is always an opportunity for discipleship. Discipleship cannot begin with irritation, I remind myself! 
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Did you need a reminder today? 

 

 

Daily Reflection--The Little Monkey

 

 

 

When he was little, somewhere around 18 months or so, his uncle gave him the nickname “little monkey”. It could have been that we were a little Curious George obsessed at the time but, mostly he just loved to climb. 
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He is still this way, though as he has gotten older he shy’s away from his cute nickname. 
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As he scaled rocks 100 times his size he stopped and looked around, amazement and excitement written across his face. “Mom, this is my dream!! It’s like God made this place just for people to climb.”
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He’s getting it. He’s seeing his Heavenly Father’s fingerprints in the midst of his everyday! 

 

 

Daily Refection--Mid-Flight

 

 

 

Going away from my family is always a 50/50 for me. Half of me is excited to be on my own and relish my freedom. I love the time of quiet without interruption for full thoughts to form.
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But, going away also means a lot of work. Prep to make sure all things are lined up: healthy meals, backpacks, snacks, notes for lunch boxes and rides to extracurriculars. Sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it. It can be very streching.
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But then somewhere midway through my first flight I realize the prep is so worth it. My kids feel my love for them even I’m not physically present. In the midst of their everyday hustle, my presence is still there. If I am like this as an Earthly parent, how much more can their Heavenly provide for them, even when he seems like he isn’t physically present? 
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Are you cultivating their hearts in the midst of your everyday hustle?

 

Daily Refection--Behind The Wheel

 

 

I’ve spent a lot of time right here. To be honest, it’s not my favorite. I’m not naturally a person who loves to drive. I can only remember once in my career as a mom  where I deliberately drove my kids around so they could sleep. 

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But I’m learning to use this space to cultivate their hearts. Worship music , audio books, conversations about nature passing by. 

Just because it doesn’t feel natural to me or it doesn’t seem like a useable space in my life, doesn’t mean it can’t be used. All things and creation points to His faithfulness. All moments can be used to cultivate their hearts towards Him if only we are willing to find it in the midst of our busy.