Her children arise and call her blessed…
Are you a strict disciplinarian, lenient disciplinarian, or a mix of both? Do you fully understand the concept of “spare the rod, spoil the child” (Prov 13:24)?
According to biblical wisdom, the greatest love we show our children is when we hold them accountable for their sins of disobedience. King David’s mistake of disregarding God’s command to rear faithful children and hold them accountable for their sins should serve as a warning to us. When David realized the error of his lax parenting, David instructed Solomon to be strong in the Lord and to keep His commands. He admonished Solomon, telling him “…to walk in (the Lord’s) ways, to keep His statues, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn: that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 Kings 2:1-4).
Most every parent has something they wish they had done differently in terms of disciplining their children. I know I do. I wish I had been a better disciplinarian. My children are fine young adults. But occasionally, they have a harder time dealing with the consequences of their mistakes than they would have if I had disciplined them more as children. If your children are grown like mine, remember that it is never too late to parent them! Speak with your adult children and guide them with your words and actions. If your children are still young, start now.
Do you teach your little ones the Word of God, or do you leave that responsibility to the Christian school they attend? Be sure that you spend time in God’s Word with your children every day. I even used to post Bible verses on my children’s bathroom mirror for them to read when they brushed their teeth.
Think about your children’s specific vulnerabilities and how you can better equip them to face the challenges that lie before them. The Bible is descriptive, instructive, and the best parenting manual on the market. But don’t forget that the best advice is of no value unless it is implemented! Teach your children the importance of honoring God with obedience. Tell them to be “strong in the Lord” and to put on the spiritual armor Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6:10-12. Our calling as parents is to raise our children with godly morals and with a desire to obey the guidance given to them by the descriptive and instructive Holy Word of God.
In today’s world, any act of kindness is a breath of fresh air. But when you see children being kind to each other, it’s extra sweet. I love seeing brothers and sisters helping one another, or one child comforting another when he’s hurt. But how does a child learn kindness?
Kindness is learned best by watching the kind actions of the people he loves. When a child is treated kindly, he learns to respond the same way to others. Here are a few ideas of how you can teach kindness to your kids.
Back in 2013 I wrote a post called Happily Ever After, where I talked about preparing for marriage before you have even met the person you are to marry, and I highlighted a book by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer called Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His. It was published in 2012 and I bought it soon after its release. I have been using it ever since, and it is now looking rather battered and worn!
This was the first book of its kind to be written and published, and there was nothing out there encouraging guys to pray for their future wives. Recently though I was browsing through Amazon looking at another book when I spotted 31 Prayers for My Future Husband: Preparing My Heart for Marriage by Praying for Him which released in 2016. I was immediately interested as the book I have has only 12 prayers, and decided to buy the book. Continue reading
I enjoy reading Elijah’s story in the Bible. It’s full of ups and downs, victories and questions. It’s full of all the emotions each of us face every day. How many times does God show us that He has a plan? How many times does He take care of the smallest need? How many times does He amaze us by the creative and perfect way He shows up at just the right time and in just the right way? Elijah witnessed God do many miracles. In 1 Kings 17:1-7, he was the direct recipient of the blessing. God had told him to give a message to the king – a message the king did not want to hear. Continue reading