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Jan 27th, 2021
Upstream: Parenting
By: Rebecca Hatton
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Deuteronomy 11:20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates... (NIV)

When I married Greg Hatton, he came fully equipped with two kids, a boy and a girl. The youngest, Dustin, lived with us most of his teen years. He has become my son in every sense of the word.

That boy of ours values family like no other. He just likes being together, hanging out. I was longing to be a mother, and this sweet-hearted young man allowed me to mother him. I am forever grateful.

I sought the Lord much in the early days of courtship and marriage, and He reminded me that I was getting a package deal. Along with this wonderful man, I must love these two kids as though my own DNA ran through their veins, whether they ever accepted me or not. It was the greatest lesson in unconditional love I’ve ever experienced.

Once a week I wrote out scriptures on index cards and placed them on Dustin’s bathroom mirror. I’d slip up there and place a new one every week. I wanted him to know I was praying God’s Word over his life, his future, and his choices. He never said a word, so I wondered, “Does he think this is silly? Or worse, creepy?” Hundreds of cards were written over the years.

When he left for college, I went upstairs to clean and, well, pretty much fumigate his room. (He is a boy, y’all, and teenage boys are notoriously filthy.) I opened the top drawer of the nightstand to put something away, and there they were: All of those index cards. He’d kept them all. Needless to say, I was a bawlin’ mess!

Parents, please don’t underestimate the value of speaking, praying, and living out the truth of God’s Word in front of your children. Downstream of that is a young man or woman who will carry on the legacy you leave. You can change the generations.

Which of God’s Words do you think are important for your children to know? Maybe this is a good week to start. Index cards are not expensive, y’all!