Today's Proverbs is Chapter 22. The verse that speaks to most today is verse 6:
"Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Amplified version)
Since I've been home I have been making a better effort to train up my children in our faith. And not only in our faith, but to give them opportunity to find/share their talents with us. For Kaity, we've definitely found her talent in art - she loves to draw and do animations. So I encourage her to illustrate some Bible verses and she even started animating the creation from Genesis. What a blessing!
Marissa and JJ are still trying to hone in their talents, but we will get there.
I pray that the faith I try to instill in them will keep them on the straight and narrow... but even if they should steer off course at some point (though prayerfully they will not!), I pray that these truths that were instilled in them as young children will help to bring them back. I have to remember that this verse is not a promise - but like the prodigal son returning to his father (Luke 15:11-32), I pray that if any of my children were to go astray, they will be lead back by the convictions in their hearts and the gentle whisperings of the Holy Spirit.