After this life….

April 5, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for daughters

Advice that captivates me swims around the deep waters of my brain, resurfacing now and again. Eventually it turns prune-like, its origins unrecognizable. Only the skeletal bones remain. Such advice swam up with today’s writing prompt on the word after. Here’s my 5-minutes. And if you want to play this game or visit other players, click here.

“Christians need to teach their children about heaven. Otherwise, kids turn into adults who struggle to hold lightly to this world because they don’t know what to look forward to.” I remember these statements because they hit me upside the head. I’d never taught my kids about heaven. Did I even know what scripture said about it? Cartoon images of Peter with wings standing by a gate on a cloud were stronger than any scripture I could think of about heaven.

The girls and I had to learn together, because my own understanding was sketchy. We started by memorizing verses in Revelation 21: “He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And since then we talk about heaven. And hell. And they ask questions I can’t answer, because God doesn’t tell us. I used to be afraid of those questions. Not anymore.

All of us, we know the options or what happens after this life. We trust our God. And we know what we have to look forward to.

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Katina April 5, 2013 at 4:35 am

Loved this!!! Great food for thought also. I think my girls and I will have a heaven talk this weekend.

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Missy April 5, 2013 at 4:58 am

Heaven can seem so elusive, can’t it? And I’m so glad to read that verse! It’s such a great one for children. I’ll have to pull that out for my next round of “Heaven Questions” around here, too.

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WICK April 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

I hear ya’. I went a similar direction….may we talk with Hope to our children about what God has in store….and always remind them that “in store” doesn’t mean we wait until we get there!! 🙂

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denise April 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

Fabulous post.

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Maria April 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Good post!! I have been reading a lot of books about heaven lately, and it’s been exciting to know the end, but you are absolutely right…we NEED to tell our kids about the ‘after’, because otherwise they won’t know that there is better than this world, and they will be hanging onto it. Thanks for the inspiration….even tho I’m reading these books (Heaven, by Randy Alcorn is my current read), it still overwhelms me and is hard to grasp, and I should tell my kids at least what I am learning. God bless you and your family!

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Positively Alene April 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Beautiful!!! No more precious moments than sharing glimpses of heaven with your children. Much love.

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Amy P Boyd April 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thank you so much for your words. They are such a blessing to me this morning. As a mother of grown children that I did teach about heaven it is comforted to be reminded that those teaching make a difference. I have one child that isn’t walking the path I would like to see her on but I know that she knows the truth.

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pruningprincesses April 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Amy, I am so glad you feel encouraged. I will pray for your child. I am sure it hurts your momma’s heart.

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Dwana April 6, 2013 at 2:46 am

As a mom who tries to dillegently (&note I said tries) to teach our girls about Jesus, I’ve never really thought about teaching them about what Heaven will be like. I don’t know much about what scripture says about it either, we will have to learn together like you did:) great post!

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pruningprincesses April 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Oh Dwana, when I heard that quote (I think it was Bill Graham or maybe James Dobson) it stuck to me because I never taught my girls about heaven either. And honestly scripture doesn’t give a ton of answers. We tend to dream about heaven around here, knowing that we don’t know what it will be like. And wondering why people aren’t married there. And loving the idea of no more tears. Enjoy the scripture exploration. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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