God has provided us with His Word.
God's Word is our Instruction Manual
and a Road Map for life.
God's Word guides us through the pitfalls and plateaus,
the peaks and valleys, the highs and lows,
and the ebb and flow of raising children.
We should not wait to begin teaching our children
about God. We should teach them when they are very
young that God loves them,
He created them,
and He has a plan for their lives.
May we begin teaching our children to love God
from the very moment of their birth.
What we build on the inside of our children
is far more important
than what we can adorn them with on the outside.
Children are a heritage from God.
God gives children, not as a penalty nor as a burden,
but as a kindness.
May we help our children see the difference between
knowing about Jesus and actually following Jesus.
May we pour instruction and discipline
into our children
so that they mature into men and women
after God's heart.
God has given parents a sacred duty to teach our children.
Parents have the responsibility of instilling
Biblical truth into our children’s belief system.
This responsibility must not be taken lightly.
It is essential for parents to teach their children
rather than leave this responsibility to the church or others.
We must not allow the school, community, television,
or even Church organizations
to establish our children’s values.
Others may help, but parents remain
accountable to God!
Spiritual instruction stands
as one of the most important aspects to parenting.
God has granted us the awesome privilege
and responsibility of laying a strong Spiritual foundation
in our children's lives.
Our characteristics, personalities, outlook, and attitude
shape their lives.
It is going to take deliberate effort and consistent focus.
When the presence of God is evident in our lives
our children seem to gravitate in the same direction.
Our responsibility as adults is to lead children
in the right direction.
Our little ones need our love and leadership.
We teach our children
in two general ways:
Through our example and through our words.
Parents are responsible to teach children through example
Our examples add meaning to our words.
When parents seek direction from God,
He will guide us in our efforts to teach our children.
We must be diligent and consistent in our efforts to teach
through our example and our words.
Through our example,
children learn trust, sacrifice, service,
patience, loyalty, forgiveness,
unselfishness, dependence, commitment,
sharing, prayer, and love.
We should seek Divine inspiration
in all our efforts to teach.
Let us expect God to reveal things from His heart to ours.
Let us listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit for revelations
and teach our children
according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Trust... the Holy Spirit will carry the message
to the hearts of our children.
once we have children,
we are parents for life!
Just as we plan and act precisely when seeking to
accomplish goals in other spheres of life,
we must prepare ourselves and act intentionally if we want
to truly raise our children to be upright.
Let us strive to raise well-rounded, productive children
who have a reverent fear of God,
obey God's commandments,
and who can function as righteously productive,
upright citizens in our society.
If we view children as a trust from God
we will put our full effort into their training and guiding.
Our children need to know God. They need to know the
truth of God's Word. They need to experience a personal
relationship with God,
and be equipped and aligned to follow and serve God
throughout their lives.
Parents should be striving for the same thing...
to point our children toward God.
Because of children's genuine humility and innocence...
Jesus used the little children as an example
to teach us about faith, greatness, humility, and God's love.
He encouraged us to welcome children as if we were
He called a little child to Him,
and placed the child among them.
And he said:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become
like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in My Name
— Matthew 18:1-5
Are we helping our children to know God?
Are we helping our children build and maintain an
enduring and close relationship with God?
What a joyous and pivotal opportunity
parents have been afforded!
One of the first things we need to do in helping our
children build a relationship with God is to begin talking
about God when they first begin to comprehend.
As they mature, we can turn to Proverbs. The entire
Book of Proverbs explains God’s instructions
on how to live!
As parents... we should make it our business to embrace
the opportunity to echo to our children God's divine
and valuable Word. This should be a natural part of our
conversation, born from our inmost and steadfast
relationship with God.
by Kahlil Gibran
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
Children are not our own... they are a sacred trust...
a gift from God to parents.
As parents we are the caretakers of our offspring.
The most powerful role models for children
are the parents.
As parents, self-improvement
should be on our minds continuously.
Not only does it set the example
for our childrens lives, as observers,
but it helps us to improve ourselves.
As parents and humans...
it is important to remember that we are being observed.
It is much like being on stage 24-7,
as many eyes will be upon parents. Not only will we be a
role model for our children, but for the public, as a whole.
For our neighbor who is having a difficult time as a
parent, we are their role model. For the expectant mother,
for our child’s friend, we are role models. We are even
role models for future generations.
Our actions today might show other parents, and other
children, how to act, how to behave, how to be
compassionate, and how to be kind.
People are watching and learning from us!
We need to take our role of being
a good parent more seriously.
We need to embrace the possibility that we might be
the only positive role model
our children and other children might ever see.
with others and how we carry ourselves. They can see
that it is essential to practice self-control at all times.
As parents, it is essential for us to be good
listeners. The best leaders listen carefully
and talk far less. As we open our minds and ears to what
our children are telling us... they will, in turn,
learn to do likewise.
Our children mirror what we model to them.
The single most important aspect of being your children’s
role model is to always walk the talk.
Actions speak volumes.
“Well done is better than well said.”
– Benjamin Franklin
There are both privileges and responsibilities
resulting from this gift.
Parents... it is our job to raise happy, healthy,
well adjusted children.
To train children in godliness.
Proverbs 23:13-14 tells us to
"Withhold not correction from the child."
He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
Jesus was gentle with children.
He is a Shepherd to the sheep.
The shepherd uses His rod to guide the sheep,
not to beat them!
We should try to keep our children's hearts
and keep them on the right path by praying for God
to convict and protect them.
He is the GREAT Shepherd
and He will work in their lives
in a much more effective manner than we can.
If He chooses to allow some kind of circumstance or
situation in their life,
to keep them in the fold, then so be it!
He is much stronger than human parents.
The shepherd would also throw the rod at a predator
to scare it away from the flock,
or club aggressive animals or snakes with it.
They would throw the rod hard at dangerous creatures,
aiming to wound or kill them rather than just to alert them.
Abuse is never acceptable,
even if a child was being out of order.
Parental love disciplines and corrects,
but never abuses.
A Good role model is someone whose
hindsight and insight can become foresight.