In Part 2 of the Faith, Family, and Legacy Series, we heard from Curt Landry and his wife, Christie, about the beginnings of their faith and ministry. God used them in powerful ways and continues His good work through them. One aspect of their faith was passing on and teaching their daughter, Megann, Biblical truth.
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Today, we hear from Megann as she shares how her faith has, and continues to, shape her life.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6
Question: Megann, what was it like growing up as a daughter of a Rabbi?
Answer: My family was in ministry for as long as I can remember. I grew up in it, so when my father became a Rabbi, not much changed in that respect. It just went from part-time to full-time.
Question: What were the Feasts like growing up?
Answer: At one point, when I was younger, we didn’t celebrate the Feasts. Now we celebrate everything! [Megann laughs] As a mom, I want Ariebella to be a part of both cultures. At one point, Feasts were seen as a busy time, but this has shifted after having a daughter. I want to be present and enjoy this, and every season, with her.
Question: What was your first job at the ministry?
Answer: I wanted to start working for the ministry when I was around 15 or 16 years old. I had always enjoyed writing, journaling, and doing daily devotionals. So, this is where I started. I wanted to be part of the voice, and as I grew, my interests and responsibilities within the ministry did also.
Growing up, we always had a Holy Spirit lifestyle, being sensitive and listening. As I got more involved, I was peaceful about it. Even as my role grew, I had that feeling of peace, knowing this was what I was supposed to do.
Question: What are your hopes for the ministry?
Answer: The ministry’s message is so rich and full. We’ve seen it have such positive impacts on families and shift dynamics in people’s homes. We will continue on this path the Lord has called us to be on, reaching people the best we can. They can choose to accept or not accept, but this is what we are called to do.
Question: What has been your biggest challenge as a mom in ministry?
Answer: Every season comes with its challenges. Its hard sometimes. I think as moms we can put a lot of pressure on ourselves and we can be torn, doing things with excellence. But every day I sit down with the Lord during quiet time, and I choose to enjoy this season.
Question: What lies from the enemy do you find yourself battling?
Answer: Like most people, that I’m not doing enough or failing in areas, fear about what the Lord has called us to do. But I fall back on His promises and trust in the Lord so I know that I am enough in Him, and that He is my provider. Isaiah 1:17 is a verse I often go to. This is what He has called us to do, this is the purpose of the ministry.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”—Isaiah 1:17
This is what the ministry does for the Safe House children, Holocaust Survivors (widows and widowers), IDF soldiers who don’t have families.
Question: What does worship mean to you?
Answer: Worship is raw and transparent. It can be a battle of the mind. I make decrees about who God is, what He wants for us, and then I have faith for it. Sometimes when I stand in front of a situation, I have a hard time understanding and I question. But worship is raw and open—it helps me believe what the Lord says the situation is about.
Question: How have you seen your faith start to shape Ariebella?
Answer: As an infant we sang to her and played worship music. After some time, at night, she started singing the words to the song. It was so precious to have a part in shaping her life! Now she loves spiritually charged environments. She loves singing, dancing, praying for people, blowing the shofar and putting anointing oil on people. It’s amazing to see her absorb these things!
I want to see her be loving, gracious, gentle, and humble. I want to make sure she remains thankful and puts others first. These are the biblical virtues I want to instill.
Question: Do you have any spiritual advice for Christian moms?
Answer: [Megann laughs] I really don’t feel qualified to give advice! But I guess this is a season of sacrifice, so be strong. Our spiritual life needs to be our foundation. If we take care of that, everything else, like marriage and kids, will fall into place. Then we will have the space to be balanced and healthy.
The takeaway: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) is made evident within the Landry family. When you live out your faith, it is sure to pass down to the next generation.
As Megann continues her spiritual journey as a mom, shaping her young daughter’s life, she will have a multitude of opportunities to live out her faith. She explains that every mom, including herself, is trying to “navigate these [parenting] waters and make right decisions.”
Something she understands is the need for moms and women to unite and encourage each other. Looking for the good within others.
There is a saying that children learn by seeing and doing. When we are able to step out in faith, and step back during times of struggle and repent, seeds of strong biblical virtue are planted within our children. Parenting is nothing short of a learning process, and we are excited to see how these two generations of Landry’s shape Ariebella’s life.
Check back with us soon as we hear from Rabbi and Christie on parenting views, how the Bible has acted as a spiritual guide, and what to do in times of opposition.