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I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink

by Tanya Tanya-I-didn't-ask-you-to-take

“You can take a cow to the water but you can’t make it drink”

This was a statement that I was famous for saying when it came to talking about families. At that time I did not have any children and would often remark that there was only so much a parent could do in creating a environment for their children to grow and thrive, but the children still had to choose. Everything I said was true, but I was missing something important. We can create an environment where our children take part in ministry, go to church regularly and we can only hope that when they get older they will continue to follow on the path we have placed them on.

But is that our only job as parents?

A guy I was acquainted with said that when he was a salesman, he told his boss the same line I quoted earlier and this is what his boss told him,

“Your job is not to make the cow drink. Your job is to create thirst in the cow.”

We aren’t to live in such a way that our children will simply go to church. We are to live our lives in a way that our children will desire to know God, they will thirst after God and choose to “drink from the springs of living water”.

I am learning to allow God to mold me. I don’t just want to lead my children to the water’s edge, I want them to see me drinking, see me enjoying that water so much, that just watching me drinking it all up, they will become thirsty and drink from that same water.


 I didn’t ask you to take them to the water and make them drink by Tanya  (click to tweet) 


Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.


Sunday Stillness – Faith – Matthew 17:20

Sunday Stillness – Faith – Matthew 17:20


From Beacon Falls Congregational

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, NIV).

My faith is growing. As I step out in prayer with more frequency I have seen the Hand of God. God tells us that nothing will be impossible when we step out in faith.

Join us at Under the Cover of Prayer as we discuss, discover and delve into the topic of prayer.

This past Friday I wrote a post called What is a Divine Appointment? discussing what God has been showing me when I pray for His timing. I need to be watching or I will miss it.


If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can say to the mountain, “move”. And it will move.

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Are You Astonished by Nature?

Are You Astonished by Nature? – Part of Watchful Wednesdays


We have the privilege of living in the beauty of God’s world – trees, animals, lakes, lush vegetation. This week as we got ready for our morning walk we saw two fawns as soon as we opened our door. They love the apples from our apple tree. As I shot pictures from our doorway I was in awe of how beautiful they are. As we went down our driveway we expected the deer to run away but instead we found them grazing in the ditch by the road. We kept our little dog back as I shot a video. One fawn approached me as I took the picture. I am not sure how close she would have come if Snowball hadn’t barked.

Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isaiah 35:6, NIV).

Here is the video from the morning.

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