This is one of my favorite texts in Scripture, because it contains the "Shema" which contains the greatest commandment. The Shema is a prayer that orthodox Jews still say multiple times per day. These verses show us how to produce a family that follows Jesus from generation to generation. We must make God and His Word our primary point of discussion. God tells His people to talk about God when you rise up and when you go to bed; talk about Him when you are walking or when you are working. Let His Name and His will be the centerpiece of what you say and what you do so the next generations can see Him in action. Yahweh tells us to bind them to our foreheads and our wrists and to write them on the doorposts and the gate. Why? The more we see God and His Word in our everyday lives, the less likely we are to rebel against Him. Our real motivation is found at the beginning of the Shema verses as we are commanded to "love the Lord our God with all [our] heart, with all [our] soul and with all [our] strength." When love motivates us to talk about Him in our everyday lives, we know without question that taking the time to truly know Him through the pages of Scripture is life-changing. Our kids desperately need to see and hear God in every part of our lives so they can mimic us with their lives.

Help me, Lord, to love You with all my heart, soul, and strength. Help me to talk of You in my everyday life and to place constant reminders in my life of our relationship and the difference that You make.