Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
The Encouragement: Do not seek to be perfect, seek instead to work at love in excellence…but only through the grace of God. Parenting: It requires sacrificial love, commitment, consideration, planning, and the desire to give endless amounts of time, patience, understanding, seeking wisdom to impart wisdom … and yes many prayers. It’s not designer clothes, or the latest over priced sneakers, or the latest electronic gadgets, or expensive gestures that put us into financial ruin … It’s all about protection, safety, care and listening, spending quantitative – qualitative time … showing: truth, respect, honor through love toward our children. It’s living the talk …not just talking the talk. It’s correction without breaking spirits… Sound counsel without reckless words. Loving in the most excellent ways.
So often, I witness the breaking of spirits in children, while I am out and about… This is coming from a mother that raised two children one of them,an extremely active child. I can tell you losing your cool is not good. Breaking your child’s esteem is greatly at risk. If your child doesn’t do well running errands with you then don’t bring him/her. Work it in during your work week… before work, during lunch or after work before pick-up. Make your free time about family time, after all in the blink of an eye they are off to college and onto their own lives. If you are a single parent, try doing Wal-Mart on line grocery ordering, a $50.00 minimum then pick it up later. Check out your local markets see if they offer that service. There services that are doing this for a minimal fee. Do as much of on-line business as possible, technology is a great asset we can do on line banking, bill payments, shop for supplies for the house, school and work. We can even keep up with the kids academics – You don’t need to be hit with a last minute project and scramble around to help them complete it. We can view the class syllabus on line; set your smart phones up for strategies and plan with you children. The best plan I love is assigning chores; my kids were excellent at this because they were competitive. Their competitiveness not only got the house cleaned and laundry done, they made sure it stayed that way. I miss those days. - The most important order of keeping life in order is getting rest … do your best to get you and everyone to bed early. Nothing more stressful than working with no sleep. The body needs to rest, repair and rejuvenate. Do pray consistently daily find a time that works best for you. – Pray in you alone time; the kids nap time and pray as a family, it keeps good communication flowing between you and God and God and the children. This is what I call faith in action… Be blessed and rest in his presence.
Fathers,[Parents] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4
Read Ephesians 6
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,