By: Deborah Lovett:
How can we find God by guarding our children? What can we do to raise our own children according to God’s Word? I realize this is a different kind of blog, but I hope you will read it and pass it along. Let’s train up our children to be prepared for the uncertain future.
Making a commitment to Interest–Philippians 2:4: “Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.” Communicate your interest through your presence and your passion. Your presence is again reiterated through your TIME. And your passion in Jesus Christ will be reiterated through your EXAMPLE.
Making a commitment to Servant hood–John 12:26: “My Father will honor anyone who serves me.” Don’t make life too easy on your children, and do your work together as a family. Be there for them, support them, and encourage them. Teach them to be servants to a hurting world, God will honor them.
Making a commitment to a Peaceful Home--Proverbs 14:26: “Those who respect the Lord will have security, and their children will be protected.” Focus on the Lord and on prayer. Show your respect by reading His Word, and obeying it. Peace will flourish.
Making a commitment to Fun–Proverbs 17:22: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Slow down, lighten up, and schedule fun time. Go camping, vacation at a dude ranch, walk in the woods, play ball in the backyard or play in the grass at a local park.
Making a commitment to Encouragement–Proverbs 12:18: “Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing.” Be personal and inspirational with your conversation. Encouragement goes a long way to building up godly men and women. Discouraging words come from the enemy. Don’t allow him to use you for his purposes.
Making a commitment to Discipline--Proverbs 3:11-12: “My child don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Just do it, and do it deliberately. Be firm, yet loving in your discipline. Make discipline a time of training, not punishment. Help them to separate their who from their do.
Making a commitment to Personal Development--2 Corinthians 13:5: “Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. You know that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you fail the test.” You can teach what you know, but you will reproduce what you are. Do your words match what you do? Concentrate on your life’s message and purpose, on learning and growing in the Lord.
Making a commitment to Spiritual Challenges--Proverbs 22:6: “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” Look for teachable moments and build their relationships with significant others. Pray together as a family~this is a sure way to find God by guarding our children.
©Deborah Lovett. Deborah is a speaker for Women’s Events, Author and Blogger. Visit Deborah at www.DeborahLovett.com to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and her blog.
Enjoy this scripture-filled video on YouTube by Michael Puskas, with music by Julie True, from her son Faith Like a Child.