“What I Have, I Give You” – Passing On a Genuine Faith

by Leslie Hollowell

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I’ll be the first to tell you, I am not a seasoned mom. I’ve struggled with writing this blog post for that very reason…

I didn’t marry until a month before I turned 38 and after experiencing late in life infertility issues (that’s a whole different blog post!) I became a mom at the beautiful age of 42. So here I am, 44, and the mom of the most adorably cute little two-year-old boy you’ve ever seen. (I might be a tad bit biased here, but I don’t think so!)

As I’ve prayed and pondered for weeks about what to write and started this post numerous times with numerous titles, I felt the Holy Spirit gently whisper, “Share with them what I’m teaching you.” SO, that is what I will strive to do.

As I stated earlier, I’m not a seasoned mom, although I’ve taught elementary school, worked with teenage and college girls for years, and had the joy of working as Girls’ Ministry Director on an amazing student ministry team. But I must say, motherhood has birthed in me a new urgency to seek to instill biblical truth into the lives of this upcoming generation.

The lies of the world are invading our homes on a daily basis through a vast array of media and technology.  I’m realizing more and more that we can’t hide our children from the world, but it is our obligation as Christian parents to daily plant the truth of God’s Word into their lives and to help equip them with the Sword of God’s Word (Ephesians 6:17). We must help them recognize for themselves the lies the world desires for them to believe and give them the necessary means to fight off the lies. We as parents must be proactive in teaching our children truth.

One of the things the Lord showed me as I prayed and read scripture a few weeks ago while sitting on the beach (a time of luxury now with a two year old), was that I can’t give what I don’t have.

I came across a passage in Acts that I’ve been pondering now for a while and is starting to take residence in my heart.

In Acts 3:1-6 Peter and John are heading to the temple to pray when they run into a crippled man who was asking for money. Peter replies to him, “Look at me. Silver and gold I don’t have, but what I do have, I give you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

As I read this passage, the words “But what I do have, I give you” seemed to jump off the page at me.

I felt the Holy Spirit gently remind me that I can’t give to my son what I don’t have.

  • I can’t give my son a passion for God’s Word if I don’t have that passion myself.
  • I can’t give my son an example of a praying mother, if I’m not a praying mother.
  • I can’t give my son a heart for serving others if I, myself, don’t possess it.
  • I can’t give my son a knowledge of who God truly is, if I don’t know myself.

Thus, I’ve been asking the Lord to give me a hunger and thirst for His Word and prayer like I’ve never had before.

Ladies, we can’t give to our Children what we ourselves don’t possess.

Years ago, while working with the student ministry, I was getting ready for a teacher training time. One of the things I did, prior to talking with our teachers, was ask a group of students what they would like from their teachers or what they wanted their teachers to know.  I’ll never forget when one of them spoke up and said, “Tell them we can tell if they’re passionate about God’s Word or if they are just teaching a lesson.” Ouch! But, it stuck with me.

I truly feel an urgency to study God’s Word more intentionally and passionately seek to learn the truth of God’s Word for myself, in order to correctly handle the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 1:15) and teach it to my son and future generations.

This is no easy endeavor as a mom, because time isn’t always our best friend. But as Jesus told Martha in Luke 10:41-42, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary HAS CHOSEN what is better and it will not be taken from her.” Mary CHOSE to sit at Jesus’ feet and we, as moms, must choose what is better also, for the sake of our children. (Thankful for grace on days when babies are sick or sleepless!)

Luke 24:45 says, “Then HE (God) opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures.” Not all of us have gone to seminary, and yet we can pray and ask God to open our minds (and our children’s minds) to understand the scriptures. This can be a daily prayer as we get into God’s Word.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

I desire to be around women who are wise in God’s Word – women I can learn from and know will give me biblical insight to grow in my walk with the Lord. I challenge you also to seek out women you respect and admire and ask them to help you grow in  your understanding of God’s Word.

Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and LEARN from me…”

As a mom,  I know it is so important to sit at the feet of our Father and learn from Him. Opening up His Word and allowing Him to pour into us is a necessity if we desire to pour into our children.

The world we live in will not slow down in its attempts to plant seeds in our children’s lives – seeds that go against the truth of God’s Word. Therefore, we as moms must understand the urgency of being intentional as we study and learn scripture in order to give our children what we ourselves possess – a passion and knowledge of the Word and a genuine faith in God.

Father, help us as mom’s to desire a passion for and understanding of your Word, that we may teach and train our children and future generations.

Leslie Hollowell

 Free Printables below!

When Leslie had her sweet miracle baby, Hudson, she was challenged by a friend to pray scripture over him throughout his life. The “teacher” in her decided to create several lists of scriptural prayers for her son using the letters of the alphabet as her guide. She graciously offered to share them with us in the form of free PDF printables in light of our “Prayer Series” this month. So, click the links below, print copies for yourself, and enjoy!

*Feel free to comment below with your thoughts!

Praying for children alphabetically PDF 1

Praying for children alphabetically PDF 2

Praying for children alphabetically PDF 3

4 comments

  1. Trina says:

    HI! Thank you so very much for the awesome resources to pray specifically for my children. This is a direct answer to prayer for me as recently I have desired to go deeper in my prayer life especially for my children! Thank you for sharing!
    Trina

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