Did you do what I asked you to do? How many times did you hear that question growing up? How often have you asked your kids that same question? How many times have you did what God has asked you to do? Obedience is required, no excuses period. Parents I know you want the best for their kids from bringing them up in the right neighborhoods to wanted them to attend the best colleges. And expectations are pretty simple, do exactly what I tell you to do because I’m the parent and I know what is best for you. This is where it gets questionable, kids are being told what to do by their parents who are not doing what they are supposed to do according to the word of God, which was given by God and is truth.
We want our children to listen and obey and if they don’t there are consequences. That same principle applies to parents – to all those who are called the children of God. If you are not being obedient you are sinning. And the wages of sin is death. So as far as raising children and holding them accountable for their actions and behavior are you being the example and role model for them to follow? Is a majority of your time devoted to your career or hustle, and buying more and more stuff that by the way you can’t take with you when you die and it can’t get you into heaven, that there is no time left for God? With that being said, what are your children doing in the meantime and who are they listening to and spending time with.
Parents are always saying they want their kids to be the best they can be, I just hope that includes Jesus in their life. Who will show them what Jesus looks like and introduce them to God’s word? Kids normally do what they see. Therefore, you can’t be lukewarm and straddle the fence. You can’t be singing the praises of God at 7am and fussing and cussing people out on the phone and in your car by 8am. Shift your priorities to put God first and become doers of the word of God. Our kids need to see you in action doing the things of God, it gives them a visual and someone to emulate giving kids a pattern to follow.
Let me give you a great example of kids doing what they see their parents do and why it is not effective to say “do what I say.” Here it is, parents say always tell the truth. But they hear their parents lying to each other, to a friend, or a bill collector etc. Poor kids this can be so confusing, my parents are telling me not to do something that they do whenever it suits them. Ponder on this, how many excuses and apologies have you said before God to justify your actions and your kids do the same thing to you. We desire for our kids to get it right and God desires for us, his children to get it right. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The following are scriptures for the family:
You have birth them and now you are raising them, but they belong to God just as you do. We are God’s children. In Romans 8:16-17 KJV The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. And 1 John 1:4 KJV I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
To be children of God, let’s be like our Father in heaven. Here are additional scriptures to guide your family:
Fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22-23, Eph 6:5:9
Beatitudes (specific behavioral standards) Matthew 5:3-12
The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13
The 10 commandments – Exodus 20:3-17
In the Old Testament the Israelites had done terrible things while wandering in the wilderness with Moses. Creating a golden calf and worshipping false gods. Joshua reminded them of what God had done for them, bringing them out of Egypt and providing for them and their ancestors. Joshua explained to them that it is better to serve the Lord than false idols. In the end he let them know who will be following God. If they want to continue worshipping their false gods go right ahead, but his family would be serving the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord Joshua 24:15 KJV. Parents obey the Lord and serve him with your whole heart and in doing this, kids are obeying their parents, who are obeying their Father in heaven. I can’t imagine anything better than living in a household of faith, love, and obedience.
Wives who are trying to be there for their husbands and find it to be hard to do so, it might be because you think you know what’s best. No, no, no, we got to do things decent and in order. And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him Genesis 2:18. The word also tells us in 1Cor. 11:3, But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
I can imagine if God told our husband to build an ark, like he told Noah, we as women would have our own ideas about what size it should be, when and where it should be built, what size the windows should be (can we hang curtains) and who and what should go in the ark. Yes, as women feel the need to make sure our voices are heard. Look how God described Noah in Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. I would say that Noah was highly favored in the sight of God and I’m sure his wife was a woman of faith. So, for the task that was before Noah he would need his help meet more than ever before. Maybe Noah’s wife understood the magnitude of the assignment given by God to her husband and she did what she needed to do so he could accomplish it.
Wives when you know your husband is about God’s business, trust your husband, give him space, encourage him and respect him. Be proud of your husband that he is being obedient to God just as Noah was during his time as told in Genesis 6:22 and 7:1, 5. God told Noah in Genesis 6:18 he will make a covenant with him, But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And because of Noah’s obedience in Genesis 9: 9-17 he fulfilled that covenant, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have establishes between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. Always remember when it is all finished, it all works out for your good. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them, who are the called according to his purpose.
For me personally, I will be supportive of my God-fearing husband and trust in the God who blessed me with this wonderful man to begin with.
Dear Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen our marriages and for each spouse to know their place in the marriage. Lord may each spouse seek a personal relationship with you so they may learn and grow as they come together as one and on one accord. God teach us your ways so that as wives we are more understanding of the responsibilities of the husband and be the help meet that you have called us to be. May our speech always be acceptable to you Lord that we will know what we should say and the right time to say it, when we need to just listen and also recognize those times when silence can be helpful too. God thank you for our spouse and may we love them the way you love us in the precious name of Jesus Amen.
Kids want to be loved and have fun. So simple right? It should be simple because kids don’t come into the world with the mentality to plan to do evil. These behaviors are taught by people they know or have some form of interaction with daily or periodically. Maybe over hearing conversations from unknown individuals in passing. You may think you have it under control by limiting the number of hours in front of the television and on social media or playing with friends and tech toys, but unfortunately that is not enough. You see, on the other side of that door is a life filled with bad influences and temptations and the things that are not of God. But it’s not too late to train up your kids in the way they should go and create a change in the atmosphere one child at a time.
Let’s get started!!
Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
1Cor 3:19 KJV For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
We need God’s wisdom and knowledge to help with our children and with all things.
Proverbs 2:6 KJV For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of the mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 8:11 KJV For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared.
2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The word of God has to be in you, a part of who you are… parents obeying and applying the word of God. You are the first example of Christ for your kids.
(Below is a list of books and scriptures, but seek the word of God with your kids and find the ones suitable for them to understand.)
Resource Bible for Kids
7 THINGS TO HELP KIDS BE LIKE CHRIST
We want kids that go out in the world and in every situation before they act, they ask the question –
What Would Jesus Do?
My life has changed forever. My son met his half-sister and I met my step daughter for the first time Saturday. There were many tears of joy and plenty of smiles in between those tears. I didn’t know she existed until after my ex-husband has passed away, my son 5 years old at the time. An email was sent to my ex-husband’s nephew then forwarded to me right after his funeral. I had so many questions but the answers were in the grave. I will not lie; my first thought was she better be older than our son. Because a double blow of cheating and a child born from the act would have been too much for me to handle. But what could I have done, he was gone. In our entire marriage he never mentioned his daughter – 10 years older than our son, 36 and 26 respectively. I believed all that time that our son was his only child.
My son and his new-found sister communicated for a while – she on the West Coast and him on the East Coast, but it didn’t seem to bring them closer. Oh boy was I wrong – they have been communicating on and off on social media for years and I didn’t know it. Was I kept out of this entire situation from the beginning so God could work it out without my interference? Probably so. God knows I’m a fixer and I guess God didn’t need my help. This has turned out better than I could have ever imagine. And I know this because God was in control of it all, from 21 years ago until the super duper sibling introduction this weekend. I have to ask the question though, how can you not acknowledge your child? I still can’t come up with a good enough answer because I don’t believe there is one. No more secrets, no more wondering, she is family and I thank God for her. God does everything well and his timing is always perfect. Yessss, February 15, 2019 is a day that the Lord did make and I did rejoice and was glad in it!! And it will not be the last day that I will rejoice. Family is what we are and we will cherish it and embrace it for a lifetime. A sister and brother getting to know each and already making future plans to do things together. And as for me…. Ecstatic!!!
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