Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Parenting God's Way

God's guide to parenting is His word. It is an instruction manual and a road map to guide us through unfamiliar terrain. As parents or parents to be, we need to equip ourselves by consistently studying and applying His principles. When we acquire wisdom from the Lord, we can impart it to our children. "Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching." (Proverbs 1:8)

Children learn by example; therefore, not only should we learn, but we must "teach" and be a model of faith that is alive and real to them. When parents worship and revere God with their words, actions, and teaching they are instilling biblical truth into their children's belief system. The bible says, "train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

None of us are perfect, nor were our parents, but we live and learn. If we learn from God's instruction manual and teach our children to be rooted in Christ's word then we as parents, have instilled the morals and values that will guide our children to live and face this life.

Whether you are a future parent, a parent of a three-year old, a teenager, or an adult child, seek God's guidance on how to instruct them in the "way" they "should go." Maybe you are a grandparent who has gained wisdom throughout the years, you can help guide your grandchildren in the right path. Perhaps you're a youth pastor and are in need of helpful advice or the right words to reach out to a teen; seek scripture and use GOD's words to minister to them.

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