I felt like I was missing it all and the kids were the cause of it but guess what?! I wasn't. Maybe I wasn't praying for the masses but I was praying for my kids. I was seeing my guys pray for one another. I was hearing them tell me stories about angels visiting them at night. Those my dear ladies are priceless moments!
We started early with the boys teaching them to hear God's voice. Not because I am all that and a bag of chips when it comes to holiness but because of the season of healing the Lord had me in. I knew the boys needed to hear His voice and receive healing also. Unknown to me though it was a perfect way to start them walking in their calling. We talked a lot about God's voice and what it sounds like. We prayed for one another in our house. One minute they were telling me about God's love and then very next minute they were Batman, Superman & Green Lantern defending the universe from some alien planets invassion. You know the Father told me that was OK. We began reading the Bible to them every night. Not dry and bland but dramatic and with flare. They could re-enact what we were reading or I would dramatize it for them. Use your imagination, be creative. Make God real and alive to your kids.
The other thing we did was start incorporating the boys into ministry with us. I know this began when they were a little older but we just didn't want it to be mom and dad go here and you guys go over there. We started ministering as a family in our Children's Ministry. We taught preschool and our kids helped. Even as preschoolers they helped us teach and pray. I know this sounds like a Children's Ministry plug but start ministering where your kiddos are at. You don't have to be there forever but move up through ministry opportunities with your kids.
Take your kids with you. Whenever I was asked to help at church or any where I brought the boys and gave them simple jobs to do to help me. Boys especially like to work and feel needed. Ask the Lord to show you ways in which you can incorporate your children into what you and your family love to do with the Lord. Remember though...don't put a huge expectation on them. They may only do it for 5-10 minutes and then want to play. That's OK. Flow with their attention span.
Also don't be afraid of their age. At 5 our son Rocker heard about a missions trip he wanted to go on. My husband and I thought it was impossible and a bit crazy but not God. At 5 years old Rocker and I went to a closed nation (meaning they do not openly accept Christians) and delivered God's Word. 5 years old!!!! God gave him the desire and the supernatural strength and patience to do it at age 5. He has never been the same. Age has no meaning to the Holy Spirit. Just remember to except their age and when they are done let them be done and roll with it. Working on the Prayer Team at church we have come to understand if we only pray with one person and the kids are done then we are done. I have seen the Lord time and time again move us up to another level with Him as a family. No one is left behind. Just think about it. As you move into more and more of your calling and gifting so do your kids to the point where everyone in your family is being fulfilled in Christ. You just got to love it.
I can't tell you how much I have felt fulfilled and free by grasping on to this truth. I have found peace as a mom. I am not living through my kids but neither am I excluding them from my life. We walk as one. I love the US Army's logo Army of One. I can say with all honesty that as you take hold of the truth that your children are a gift and were given at the perfect time and that you are not missing out on anything then you will begin to walk in such peace and fulfillment. You will see ministry opportunities not only open up for yourself but for you as a family and your children. My sons are 10, 9 & 7 now. These years have flown by. I know in the thick of it, it doesn't feel like these year will be over any time soon but time is fleeting and before you know it you will have ample time to have "your own ministry". Cherish your kids and the ministry you share as a family now. Let go of the Mommy Lie and grab hold of God's truth.