Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Moment of Training 6/30/09

All those that know me, know that I strongly believe it is wrong to discipline children for matters they have not been trained in. Training takes time, energy and is most often done without extreme emotion. Our flesh does not want to take this time, exert this energy or control our emotions however; it is only when we obey the Word of God that we will see victory in our homes.

Proverbs 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

A Moment of Training is a weekly post, Lord willing, sharing a tip on how to train your children in a particular Truth. I pray it is a blessing for you and your home. Enjoy!

At times our children can feel very 'alone'. As if everyone they know is "cool" and they find themselves left out and feeling odd. I am thankful that my children take those moments to share with me their heart. They don't hide their feelings rather, they come to their father and me for guidance. A few weeks ago, Joe suggested, that maybe we aren't as 'peculiar' as we should be. We often judge our condition on our social standards and not the Word of God. To demonstrate the message my Joe was trying to get across I filled three cups with water. One cup (cup a) was filled with water that was room temperature, one cup (cup b) was filled with hot water out of the tap, and the last cup (cup C) was placed in the microwave on high for two min.

Joe asked the children to feel the first cup- cup (a) - "Would you say that water is hot?" he asked. "Well, no but it is hotter than my milk was." some of the children responded. "Okay, what about cup (b) is that hot?" Joe continued to ask. "Yes" was heard from a few of the children. Others said, "Well it is hotter than the last cup... okay I guess we can call it hot" Joe continued to talk to them about how we as people often judge ourselves based off of what others are doing and not off the Word of God. We decide if we are "hot" by poor comparisons of this world instead of simply striving for the standard set before us in the Scriptures. Finally, I brought over cup (c). You could see the steam rising from the cup. Before I even made it to the table many of the children stated, "Now, that's HOT!" "How do you know?" Joe asked. "Because we can see the steam" they replied. "Could you see steam in the other cups you called 'hot'?" "No!" they exclaimed. So... this cup is different- much different isn't it?" All the children started to get the message daddy was presenting. After some more discussion daddy began sharing how God wants’ us boiling hot... not luke warm. We filled another cup with ice cubes and poured cup (a) over them. Nothing happened. We then poured cup (b) over the ice cubes and this time you could see that they were having a little effect but not much. However, when we poured cup (c) over the ice cubes they immediately began cracking and soon were melted.

"God wants us to be HOT so that the World can see the difference. He wants us to pour ourselves into the lives of others and because of our fire for God melt their cold hearts. God wants us to be different but not just a little different. He wants us to be separate from the World... He wants us to be Peculiar people! Let's make sure we aren't comparing ourselves to the Worlds standards instead let us use His Word as our Standard."

Joe continued his moment of training and continued to talk to the children about how we don't add the "ice cubes" into our lives instead we pour ourselves into their lives. He then had me display that truth by taking a handful of ice cubes and placing them in the cup of hot water. Sure the ice cubes melted but now the HOT water was luke warm! Much different than before when the ice cubes were melted but the cup of HOT water remained separate and HOT!

It was a good training moment!

Pray and ask the Lord how he would have you train your children in His Truths! If you would like to use this training moment from our home feel free too. It could take you any where from 10 min or more depending on the family discussion that comes from it. Make sure you draw the children into conversation. This isn't a time for you to 'preach' to them, it's a time to train them. I have included items needed and Scripture you may find helpful below. May the Lord's Name be exalted! ~

Mrs. Joseph Wood

Items needed:

3 cups filled with water (one cup with room temp. water, one cup with hot tap water and one cup with boiling water)

2 cups of ice cubes


Deuteronomy 14:2- For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth

John 15:19- If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Romans 12:2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Revelations 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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