New Year, New Focus ~ Tara Cole

Jan 6, 2015

It’s only the 5th day of the New Year and I’m tired. My baby woke up twice last night and just as I was getting ready to sit down for my quiet time this morning he woke up early. I love him, but Augh! Mama desperately needs her quiet time in the mornings to charge before the day really begins.

For the last 5 year (Yes! It’s been five years this year, can you believe it!), here at OverACup, I have focused on daily Bible study because it is such an important place to begin as you deepen your relationship with God and seek to help your family know him better.

However, since I became a mom, I’ve become concerned. Is daily Bible reading enough? As a young mom, I desperately need to believe that I can control to a great extent how my children turn out as either those who walk away from God or those who walk with him daily. But as I look around me, I plainly see that children grow up and make their own choices.

This fact has lead me to study over the last five years, why do some children stay faithful as they grow up and why do some walk away, even within the same family? From everything I can read and observe, it seems that the answer hinges on relationship. Those who stay faithful have often had parents who spend time with God daily and also made him a part of their children’s daily lives. Not just as a rule giver, but as the God who earnestly desires a relationship with them. These parents also live out what they teach. Not always, but often those who did not stay faithful saw God and heard about him only in relation to Sundays, he was introduced as just a rule giver, or the parents did not live out what they taught. Now I know these lines aren’t perfect. On both sides, you’ll find differently. However, there seems to be a higher success rate when a daily relationship with God is at the center of the home.

As a mother of three boys, that sounds like a tall order! I can barely get my own daily quiet time in most days, how on earth and I going to guide my children in a relationship with God, too?!

That’s where I want to broaden OverACup’s focus. I want us to help provide you with resources that will make living out a daily relationship with God simple and intuitive. Our mission verse will be:

Hear, O Isreal: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ~ Deut. 6:4-9, emp mine

In the following weeks watch for a Resources page to give you access to resources of all kinds: books, blogs, printables, anything we think will help you on this journey.

To help get you started, here’s a FREE printable my friend Mandy of Mandolin Photography designed for me. I have a 16×20 canvas of it hanging in our breakfast nook to remind us what our family mission is.

I can’t wait to get started with you all this year as we seek to make God not just a Sunday thing, but realize He’s a person who desires an daily, intimate relationship with all of us. Here’s to a renewed focus in this New Year!

Do you find it hard to study the Bible?

It doesn’t have to be.

Let me help you learn a technique for studying that makes it simple. Join me as we study one chapter each week and memorize two verses of scripture each month.

You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your life.

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