by Amanda Reese
Proverbs 22:6a “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
“Go play with your children,” God’s Spirit whispered to my heart while I was determined to accomplish yet another task.
It was Sunday afternoon, my perfect opportunity to clean the tack room and establish some order. However, my plan was not in line with God’s. The girls needed some quality time, and the barn could wait. Halfheartedly, I left the mess.
“Kate what would you like to do together,” I asked my ambitious eight-year-old daughter. “Let’s go fishing in one of ‘our’ ponds,” she said.
I got the four-wheeler ready to go, and Kate grabbed a fishing pole out of the messy barn, which by the way, was still calling my name.
I drove across the field with a baby in my lap. Kate sat behind me while holding the fishing pole beside us. I continually warned Kate not to get the end of the pole by my face or else! For years, I’ve had an awful fear of hooks, to the point that I don’t fish because I don’t want to chance hooking my skin.
By the time we reached the pond, I had probably told Kate to keep the pole away from me at least 20 times. I dropped Kate off and then drove the four-wheeler a good 20 yards away to ensure the hook couldn’t reach me. Then I hollered, “okay, you can fish now.”
I wasn’t coming any closer, so Kate figured out how to use the fishing pole by herself. After fishing, she chased some frogs around the pond bank. Then we headed back to the house. All the way home, I again reminded her to keep the hook away from me.
When we reached the house, I told Kate, “I enjoyed fishing together.” Where I got to the word ‘together’ out of our fishing extravaganza is still a mystery to me. In her eyes, I must have been the worst fishing companion ever.
Kate’s reply caught me off guard, “You know mom, you are being a bad example and teaching me to be afraid of things.”
Bamm! Life lesson number 3,455, at least. She was right.
God tells us not to fear. If we are to teach our children “the way” in which they “should go,” how can we allow fear to rule in any part of our lives? As mothers, we can be an example of courage and overcoming fear, or we can be timid and fearful.
I choose to live a life of Truth, defined by what God says about me, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
Thank you for an afternoon with my girls. Although I was a terrible fishing partner today; next time I’m all in, hook, line, and sinker. With your help, I can be brave and enjoy fishing with Kate. Teach me to be a brave mommy, who raises brave children. In Jesus name, Amen.
Amanda Reese is a wife, mother, writer and Christian speaker in Southwest Missouri. Her love for Christ and the God created institute of marriage and family sparks a desire to share God’s Word through devotions that apply to life and motherhood. Through tears, laugher, and all sorts of mistakes, she shares about God’s faithfulness and love.