Thursday, February 17, 2011

Parenting 101

We started the book of Proverbs yesterday. Most of it was written by King Solomon son of David. Solomon uses pithy comments to compare and contrast important truths. A little tid bit; In 1 Kings 4:32 it says that Solomon spoke 3000 proverbs, so these are those proverbs. The first nine chapters are written to sons.

Raising Godly children is probably one of the most difficult job there is. Parenting is not for the faint of heart. How do we bring a child into the world and mold that child to bring glory and honor to the LORD?

According to Solomon “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:7-8

The fear of the LORD. We have to start young. I know that reading the Bible to my daughter at a day old was a tad extreme but starting as soon as you can start reading to them is perfect timing. We cannot expect the church to teach our children about the LORD. It is not the church’s responsibility, it is us, the parents job to teach them.

I think about Moses who was a parent to a million people. He wrote this in Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“And the words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

So, what is the command for us? Teach them using everything we do as a backdrop. Don’t be afraid to be different. Turn off the TV, get rid of X-Box, (or don’t buy one in the first place) do whatever it takes to get your child’s attention. The longer you wait the harder it will be.

I truly grieve when I see children running their parents in circles. I see children tell their parents no. I see parents ignore their child’s defiant behavior. I see a total lack of respect that children display for other adults including their parents. Ladies, it is the older women’s responsibility to train the younger women how to love their husbands and love their children. Perhaps it is time for the older women to mentor the younger women and perhaps it is time for the younger mothers to look to the older women to teach them how to train their children.

We will continue to lose our children to the world if we don’t start taking steps to bring our children close to the LORD. It takes time, it takes courage and it takes a solid stand against evil. Are you up to the challenge?

See you then.

In Christ Alone,


1 comment:

  1. You know, it's intimidating when you are current on the reading schedule and are proud of yourself and your husband is so far ahead...he finished all the OT in 35 days. As of today, he is the book of John! I feel so behind, but as Flylady are not behind....:) I had fallen behind schedule and several days did long readings of 100+ pages each day to catch up. I am so proud of Jerry...he wants to finish the entire Bible by March 10th! Thank you for encouraging us to do this reading:)