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Teresa Cocke

"What are you going to do today, Lord?" is the early morning question of expectation Teresa wakes with daily. With three children, a husband, mother-in-law and lots of farm animals to tend, Teresa has plenty to keep her busy. However, her deep passion for the Bible and for knowing the Lord better is her primary motivation. She is an author, speaker, assistant teaching director of her Community Bible Study class, and the Spiritual Life Chairperson in her small Tennessee church. She loves to encourage others to start each day with a spirit of expectation.


Raising Cinderella and Prince Charming

By Teresa Cocke

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children. — Lamentations 2:19

I couldn’t find him. He didn’t come when I called. And I was in a hurry. Where was my sweet obedient third child? I began to walk back through the house…again. I rounded the corner to the den and there he stood, very still, looking up at the wall. This particular wall is home to our families’ wedding portraits. And there stood Jake, gazing up as if he had never before noticed their presence.

As I took up Sergeant Mommy position, hands on hips, stern look, poised to launch into the ...”You are supposed to come the first time Mommy calls” lecture, he turns to me with a most serious three year old look. “Mommy! You were Cinderella?!” he said in total surprise. So much for the lecture. I went from Sergeant Mommy to silly putty in ten seconds flat. It was a classic Hallmark moment.

Obviously he had never seen Mommy in a long white wedding gown and it had captured his attention. As I knelt down to take him in my arms and explain that I was daddy’s bride and not really Cinderella, someone else’s attention had been captured…mine. At that moment time stood still and the Holy Spirit allowed me a glimpse at the future.

One day, in the not so distant future, Jake would once again be standing very still with his gaze fixed toward a closed door. The door will open, and his own Cinderella will appear. A vision in white with a sweet smile and gentle eyes. Eyes meant only for him. As I desperately fought the onslaught of tears my heart cried out to the Lord, “Please Lord bless him with a godly wife! A wife that loves You more than him!” Then a profound truth took up residence in my heart. Chester and I were not just raising two daughters and a son; we were raising two wives and a husband.

God has entrusted us with the task of raising these three children to become godly spouses. It is our responsibility, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not only to teach them God’s word but to model a Christian marriage for them. I know we are not supposed to sweat the small stuff, but…Jake needs to learn to open the door for ladies, to offer his seat to women who enter the room. The girls need to learn to encourage and compliment their husbands and they all need to learn how to do laundry and cook! I have a sister in Christ somewhere that is counting on me to teach her future son-in-law or daughter-in-law to love the Lord with all their hearts. And I am counting on the same.


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