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Jan 25th, 2021
Upstream: Parenting
By: Rebecca Hatton
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Deuteronomy 11:18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (NIV)

I love the modern decorating trend known as “farmhouse.” Lots of white. Clean, simple, and rustic styling. Along with it is the trend of getting back to basics. We adorn our walls and shelves with signs that post our love of gathering, family, and God. It’s a beautiful blessing to see God’s words prominently displayed throughout a house—a physical reminder that those Words do, indeed, give and bring life.

The ancients of our faith knew the importance of being prepared by knowing God’s Word. Many took the commandments quite literally and placed them in boxes affixed to the doorposts of their homes, known as the mezuzah.

Still others attached to their very bodies small pouches made of the skins of “ritually clean” animals. About 1½ inches square, with long leather straps, these phylacteries could be tied about the wrist or wrapped around the head. They were a symbol to those in the “community” that God’s Words were paramount to life itself.

And what were the most common passages placed in the phylactery? Often Deuteronomy 6:4–5, which declares, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Another is our passage for this week, Deuteronomy 11:13–21, calling upon God’s people to know His Word and take it completely to heart.

Imagine a world where you and I are more concerned with knowing and understanding the hope of God’s Word than we are with the outward appearances of our daily life. I’m getting chills, friends. We were made for more. We are His walking, talking phylactery.

This week, we’ll explore how God’s Word can change the nature of our parenting. Ask God for help now. Get ready to be stretched. In a good way.