Hello and welcome! My name is Laura and I’d like to begin our journey together by telling you a little bit about why I started Faith for Generations.
God Chose You
If you’re a follower of Jesus, there was someone in your life who took the time to teach you about matters of faith. Think back on that time. It could have been anyone – someone familiar or a stranger – but I guarantee you it was not a random moment, even though at first it might have seemed that way. No, the Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:4 that God chose us to be in Christ before the foundation of the world. He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ, and this was according to His will. There was great intention behind the fact that you belong to Christ. That’s why we have chosen the cross to be a part of our logo.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He favored us in the Beloved.
You are part of a Long Legacy of Faith
As I look back, I see that God was working through many people to draw me to himself. My mother prayed for me for three years before I was even born. Then after I finally came along, she took the time to recite the Lord’s Prayer with me each night before bed, until one day I was able to recite it for her. My dad taught my Sunday School class at church. My grandparents had us over for a week during the summers for Vacation Bible School. There was Mr. Ameen, a Sunday School teacher who insisted on having us learn Scripture and who could describe the gospel so clearly and easily. And how could I ever forget Mrs. Crowder, another Sunday School teacher who took the time to send me a card after I was baptized. That card encouraged me to continue in the faith (and I still have the card!).
I can trace my faith lineage through these devoted servants of God. People who cared enough about me to tell me about Jesus. And their faith lineage can be traced back through others. We all have a faith genealogy that traces all the way back to the early church and the writers of the New Testament. Think about that – the writers of the Bible communicated a message that has been passed down through the generations and resonates with us today. That’s why we have included a Bible in our logo.
God Wants to Use You to Continue That Legacy!
Moses understood this principle when he challenged the people of Israel to make faith lessons a focus of their teaching in everyday life and to repeat them diligently. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Moses tells the people to incorporate the Word of God into everyday life at home, on the road, at night, and day. He was encouraging parents to teach their children how to love the Lord with all their hearts, all their souls, and all their strength. These were daily lessons learned in ordinary life because that is how faith is lived out – daily and within the ordinary.
“Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. You shall also tie them as a sign to your hand, and they shall be as frontlets on your forehead. You shall also write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
As moms, grandmas, teachers, babysitters, and influencers our faith will impact those around us. Maximizing that impact is what Faith for Generations is all about. I want to help you with the task of being intentional about faith lessons. To make that easier for the busy mom and grandma, I’ll equip you to know God’s Word and teach God’s Word in ways that engage your child. And that is why I have chosen the Lily of the Valley as the third component of the logo for Faith for Generations.
We grew up with a patch of Lily of the Valley in our backyard – it’s a flowering ground cover. It’s hardy, grows in shade or sun and, like all groundcovers, spreads rather quickly. The delicate little bell-shaped flowers that gracefully hang from the stems produce a sweet fragrance, the kind of fragrance that catches your notice and makes you look for the source.
Will You Build Your Foundation?
That’s the kind of faith foundation we want to produce in our children -faith that is hardy, grows in the sunny and shady places of life and spreads quickly. Faith that draws notice and guides them to Jesus. If that’s your goal, then let Faith for Generations help you get a faith groundcover established at your house!