On my heart imprint Thine image, Blessed Jesus, King of grace,
That life’s riches,cares and pleasures, Have no pow’r Thee to efface.
This the superscription be: Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope’s foundation, And my glory and salvation.
Truly a God pleasing sinner’s prayer! A Christian mother always has her child in her heart. Therefore she has the need to teach her child what needs to be imprinted on his heart. A Christian mother wants to teach Jesus to him. She wants to talk about Jesus when she sits in the home. She wants to walk with her child by the way of Jesus as well as when they lie down and when they rise. When a mother treasures Jesus as the King of grace as a way of life, her child will likely treasure Jesus as the King of grace for his life.
When a Christian mother talks about Jesus with her child, she establishes in the child’s mind and heart what is precious. When a child sees the family centered in God’s Word, the child learns confidence. When a child learns God’s law and His forgiveness of sins through Jesus, he learns to trust in Jesus, the King of grace.
Part of the bed time ritual was to sing a hymn. We often sang the above hymn. This precious hymn was comforting for me to teach our children. I just did not think ‘If I were a Butterfly’ was worth the time or value for my children. I have been privileged to see the fruit of our labor in hearing our children comfortably and confidently talk theology with each other. They often discussed issues brought about from comments in the classroom and/or schoolmates. Listening to them confidently encouraging one another in the Word of God was a joy and comfort!
As a Christian child grows, he associates with people outside the home. Often he sees and hears what is not acceptable in his Christian home. When a child establishes a relationship with others outside the home, there may be times the child may question why what he hears and sees is not acceptable according to God’s Word. This is why the Christian home must be diligent in talking theology at home. The Christian home must be a safe haven for the child to talk and discuss what is right and wrong according to God’s Word. The child must trust his family so he can even confess his ignorance, doubts and sin. He must be confident that he will not be judged, but will be patiently dealt with according to God’s Word. The Christian child must be confident of the forgiveness of sins through Jesus. When the child grows learning God’s Word in the home, he learns how to deal with life’s riches, cares and pleasures according to God’s Word. The Christian child learns the power to battle his flesh, the devil and the world so that his Blessed Jesus, the King of grace is imprinted on his heart and will not be effaced. That the superscription will be always on the Christian child’s heart: Jesus, crucified for me, Is my life, my hope’s foundation, And my glory and salvation.