Posted on June 2, 2021
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”(Ephesians 4:32)
It’s not the end of the world if our children don’t like reading the Bible. Like is a fickle word, and they are growing up in a world that hands them a trophy before they ever step out on the field. The larger and more important question is do they know the Bible? Do they see the word of God lived out in their lives, and know who Jesus, the Living Word of God, is? Children learn from lives rooted in the love of Christ. Jesus is the living Word. They may not like reading the Bible, but if we are following Christ, they are witness to Him, undoubtably. “This basic Christian attitude, which is a result of being forgiven in Christ, along with being kind and compassionate,”NIV Study Bible Notes explain of Ephesians 4:32, “brings others what we have received from God.”
We learn from experience, and hardly any of our experiences are exactly the same! But our God never changes. He is our Rock. We can find hope and direction in the unique relationship we have with Jesus, as individuals and parents. He has purposefully placed our children in our care. God’s faithful and compassionate hand is on each child’s life.
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Posted on May 24, 2021
“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings…” Hebrews 10:22
Parenting often drives us to our knees in prayer. When it seems impossible to control another human being that’s because it is. Exhaustion over the things the world has already thrown at our children drives us to the end of ourselves. We, too, are only human, in constant need of our great God. He hears every prayer and knows every heart. Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do with our children and on their behalf. “Believers are granted confident, faith-assured access to the throne of God through Jesus-“ wrote Chad Ashby for desiringGod, “assured access to the throne of God through Jesus- which means we are able to come to God on behalf of others.”
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Posted on January 25, 2021
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Youth look to surrounding adults for an example of how to react, behave, work, live and love. They look to their mentors for support and encouragement and lean into their coaches and extracurricular advisors to help them discover and work at their gifts and talents. We, as adults, can love them well by establishing healthy habits and principles in our own lives.
Posted on September 24, 2019
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
A mother’s intention is never to raise an employee that feels entitled to show up late for work on account of the line for their five-dollar cup of coffee. No mom pictures her sweet-cheeked babe steered through life by any other substance than her love. Yet, these fears are very real for more than just a few faithful moms.
Fear will grow up to crush us unless we fight back. Thankfully, prayer isn’t a wafting of positive thoughts into thin air, it’s a firm grip on the truth of God’s promises.
How to Pray for Your Children
When we faithfully pray and read God’s Word daily, His wisdom starts to interrupt our madness. God’s Living Word is rooted in love, and we should be privy to bring that into focus as we guide our children through life.
Don’t wait until they are older; start young. It’s important to embrace the immediate influence we have on our children. The battles we wage happen in God’s timing.
“Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re sitting together in your home and when you’re walking together down the road. Make them the last thing you talk about before you go to bed and the first thing you talk about the next morning.” (Deuteronomy 6:7)
Posted on September 10, 2019
In the aftermath of destroyed and failed marriages, where does hope lie for the next generation?
“Jesus replied, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
Marriage shouldn’t be a defining characteristic of who we are. Jesus said, “I am the way,” yet many around us say, “he/she is the way.” Marriage is not a destination that promises happiness, a life fulfilled, or a sign of a job well done. Jesus is.
To prepare our daughters with upright hearts, it helps to pray for their husbands before we even know who they are.
Father, Praise You for marriage, and the lessons that You weave in and out of it throughout the Bible. Through this union, You teach us what it means to have committed and loyal hearts. When two people come together as one in marriage, two lives are joined… yet You still love both spouses perfectly. Marriage is not one walk with Christ, rather two hearts traveling in the same direction, and You promise that when they are both turned in Your direction, it is good.