Direct your children onto the right path, and
when they are older, they will not leave it.
- Proverbs 22:6
I have three children, two who live here on earth with me and one with Jesus. Growing up I never truly understood the persistence of my parents on attending church regularly until I had my daughter. I realized everything changes when you have to look out for not only your own soul, but now your child’s.
Each of my children has taught me an important lesson in my faith. My oldest taught me the importance of faith. I was living in sin when I had her, and the Holy Spirit used her to bring me back to Him. My second taught me to trust Him through trials. The loss of a child is the hardest thing I hope to ever endure, but I know with Him all things are possible to overcome. My third taught me to let go. Let go of the control I want to have, and give it all to Him. That He knows the plans for me - plans to prosper and not to harm.
It’s a huge change having kids not only physically, but financially and mentally as well. But most of all spiritually. You want to not only do right by them, but lead them on the right path.
There’s so much wisdom found in the book of Proverbs on parenting. I’m not going to lie and say I read it all and applied every single verse to my life because that wouldn’t be fair or right. While there are so many verses I agree with, there are others (which can be considered controversial) I struggle with. But since I know His Word to be true I have learned to pray for wisdom and understanding on them.
I will never have all the answers to parenting the “right way,” but I know I have a loving God on my side to help guide me in the way I should raise my children. I know to show His love, mercy, and grace to them daily. I know to talk about Him to them. To teach them who He is and how much He loves them.
The greatest blessing as a parent is to see His love shine through your children. To have your children ask about Him, and stories in the Bible. My favorite moments are when my daughter asks me to read about a certain person from the Bible. There’s nothing like it.
So friend, whether you are a mom or hope to be one, I want you to know how much of a blessing children are from our Heavenly Father. He has special children in mind for you to mother. That could be children you bear, adopt, foster, or care for through your local church. So look for all the opportunities you can learn from these children - you’d be surprised at how much He teaches you through them.
1. Where can you find the lesson He has or possibly will teach you through children?
2. What is one way you can direct children onto His path?
Heavenly Father I come to You today in humble servitude. Show me the lessons I need to learn from You from the children around me. Teach me how to lead them to You, for they are a ministry in themselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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