Computer issues kept me from being able to get online and post our Moment in Proverbs yesterday so I have included it here. Enjoy!
Proverbs 22: 6
Train up a child in the way he should go: when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Many people don't consider the details of training children and instead "discipline" children in the way they should go. Joe and I strongly believe that a child should not be disciplined for something they have not been trained in. Too often parents assume that their child should have known better. Often when I ask, "Well, did you ever train them not to do (fill in the blank)" The response I get is, "I shouldn't have to train them in everything do I?" Training takes time along with physical, emotional and spiritual energy. Training sessions with our children should not be a knee-jerk response. Instead, they should be a well thought out, prayed over application of skills to teach children Biblical Truths. If you feel that you have neglected the training of your children, I encourage you to prayerfully consider the Truth of this passage along with Isaiah 54:13 "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." Both passages contain a directive with a promise! Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we will reap a wonderful reward!
Proverbs 23: 26
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
This passage goes along with yesterdays (listed above). Gaining the heart of our children is critical if we are to train them in Godliness. Training children is only productive if we first hold their hearts. We must take time and develop a genuine and God pleasing relationship with our children. Relationships have always been important to God! Do you have your child's heart attention? Have you worked at cultivating a relationship with your child? Having a relationship with your child enables them to observe your ways; to know how you think and why you make the decisions you do. It is critical for us to spend time with the Lord so that our children observe His fruit in full bloom throughout our lives. I encourage you to prayerfully consider your relationship with your Heavenly Father first and then also your relationship with each of your children. Make the repairs were needed and see the good plans God has in store for you! I would be honored to pray for you and encourage you through the journey. Please feel free to email me using the information provided in my profile.
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood