I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Monday, April 23, 2012

Faith For Our Children

By: Alena Tauriainen

Deuteronomy 6:7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

This year my son turns 17. Where did the time go? I question whether I’ve taught him all the things he needs to know.

It’s in this line of questioning I know I’ve taught him the most important: Faith in God.
I realize I can’t be there for everything that happens in his life. But hopefully as my husband and I raised him, he’s seen God do the miraculous for us.

For instance, my children have grown up hearing about two miraculous births.

I was pregnant with my first baby girl, Eden, when my boys decided to share chicken pox with Mommy. Children are great at sharing things, you don’t want! Ack!

My doctor immediately sent me to a specialist who told me all of the horrible defects my little girl could be born with. I grabbed onto the promises of God! I went through the remainder of my pregnancy with total peace. I spoke The Word continually and thought of all the healings I’d seen or heard God perform. God is not a respecter of persons, if he provided healing for the man with leprosy, he’d do it for me. If he healed Dodie Osteen, he’d heal my daughter. Eden was born on September 30, 1999 totally healthy.

My good friend of 18 years, Laura, was told her son Mathew had spina bifida and the doctors recommended termination of her pregnancy. She too, stood on the Word. Today, Matt is almost 6 feet tall, an excellent football player and about to graduate high school.

Or consider my friend, Robin. When her daughter Abby was a baby she was diagnosed with leukemia. They went to Texas Children’s for treatment. It was a faith walk as she watched her daughter suffer through treatments and the side-effects that came from them. Today Abby is a beautiful teenager who loves dancing and frequently dances to illustrate the love of God.

It took faith for our families to believe God. In those times, we were Peter walking out to Jesus on the water in the midst of the storm.

The cute little girl in picture above?  That's my Eden. Her name means "delightful" and she has been that to me and so many others.

My children have seen and heard the miracles of their birth. Faith is just one aspect, but a vital one for their future.

My family keeps  a “Faith Box” on our mantle. We write down the miraculous things God does in our lives and then put them in the box. It serves as a memorial in our own life to remind us.

What are some of the miracles God has done in your life? In your family?


  1. You have a beautiful daughter! Thanks for sharing the story about her birth.

    My most recent miracle is the way God brought a godly man into my life, the way He's healed my family after our loss, and the many ways He's provided for us.

    I'm standing on His promises now for healing for two of my sons.

    Wonderful, encouraging post!

  2. Great to see your daughter and love your Faith Box. I'm briefly writing down a prayer journal for every day this year, to remember all the answers at end of year. And they are all answers, whether they are yes, no, or wait.

  3. Oh, I loved this, Alena!

    An easy question for me to answer...the best and cutest miracle I've seen lately is my adorable nephew Ollie. Ohhhh loooovvveee...and now I just want to get in my car and drive down to Wichita to see him!!!

  4. I love the idea of a Faith Box. I have the devotional journal: Jesus Calling and this is my third year to go through it, writing my prayer requests each day and seeing how God answered the prayers from last year and the year before. It gives me such peace to see what He has done!

  5. Alena, such a beautiful post. Reading your declarations of faith in our amazing God brings tears of agreement to my eyes. Your daughter is beautiful--and sooo resembles you. :)

    The most obvious miracles God has done in our family have been to fulfill His promise to us to give us two children. They fill our days with joy, incease our faith and on-my-knees time as we seek to raise them well.

    He's provided for us in unexpected ways, brought healing to broken bodies and shown Himself faithful in the "little things" time and again. Your post reminds me to thank God for sharing Himself with me.

  6. Love your faith box, Alena.

    Your daughter is beautiful. She looks so much like you. You're an amazing mother in the way you're guiding your children.

    My boys have always been in church and taught about God, so I'm at peace with the seeds that have been planted. I'm praying for their walks with God to be strengthened now that they are adults.

    Our miracle is my niece Lilly. The doctors told my sister the baby had died in the womb and suggested termination, but my sister refused. And praise God for that! Now Lilly is such a delight everyone she meets. What a blessing.

    Thank you for this beautiful post!

  7. Wow, we all need a faith box! Thanks for the reminder! And your daughter is lovely!

  8. Alena, what a beautiful post! (And a beautiful daughter!) My husband, a children's pastor, is a firm believer in Deuteronomy 6! In fact, his ministry is called D-6! Also, with my oldest son turning 16 last month, I have been asking the same questions about whether or not we've taught him everything he needs to know...as we are rapidly running out of time, lol!

    My obvious miracle is that I am alive following a freak car accident that should've killed me and my husband. I still deal with chronic pain and a few challenges, but most days they serve as reminders that I should not be here to raise my sons and grow old with my precious husband. Life is fragile, and as evidenced by how quickly our sons are aging, incredibly fleeting!

    It is easy to remember the big miracles, but just as easy to forget the small ones. I am going to steal your "Faith Box" idea so that my family can appreciate every miracle and answered prayer. Thank you!!

  9. My son is a miracle too. If I had listened to the doctor instead of seeking God, he would not be here. I thank God for him and the rest of my children. I have been healed many times, some I asked God for, a couple He did it just cuz He could. I also have a friend whose daughter went to the Leukemia treatment in Texas. She is my daughter's age 12 and dances as well. Beautiful young girl that we fought for.

    God IS a miracle worker. Jesus asked: When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth Luke 19