Kids Don’t Come With An Instruction Manual

KidsDon'tComeWithAnInstructionManual

A friend and I were talking and she told me, “I hate when people say Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.”  She went on to explain that as a Christian we should never say this statement because we have the Bible.  I must humbly admit as a Christian that I have thought and said that exact statement to parents.  After speaking with my friend, I got to thinking about just exactly  what does the Bible say about parenting.  I did some intentional study of God’s Word, and what I discovered is that the Bible has a whole lot to say about parenting!  Although the Bible does not outline what to do in every situation a parent may face, God does  give parents a framework of guiding principles.

Teach Your Children Moral and Ethical Principles about Life — Be sure you are equipping your children with a moral and ethical code when you send them off into the world!

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Encourage Your Children — Don’t be the parent who is too hard to satisfied!

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Colossians 3:21

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13

Discipline Your Children — Don’t be afraid to set up rules and limits; it is in their best interest!

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.

Proverbs 29:15

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.

Proverbs 29:17

He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive…”

1 Timothy 3:4

Teach Your Children about the Bible and to Love God — Prioritize developing your child’s spiritual growth!

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

Psalm 78:4

 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

…and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:15-17

From Anger to Love

From Anger to Love

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.  -Proverbs 16:32

Being selfish is one way we can become irritable. I remember reading somewhere that some people are like lemons: when life squeezes them, they pour out a sour response.  Some are more like peaches: when the pressure is on, the result is still sweet. Which one are you? When a person is easily angered then he or she should look at insecurity or selfishness in their life because that is where love is supposed to rule.

Selfishness can also present itself in lust, bitterness, and pride.  When you lust you are being ungrateful for what you have and you want something that is forbidden. The Bible says in James 4:1-3 that when your heart is lustful it will easily become frustrated and angered. All of these things can never be satisfied. Letting love enter your heart can help you take the focus off of you.

Love will help you forgive. It will help you be grateful. It helps you prioritize your relationships. Love helps you lower stress and release the “venom” that can build inside of you.  The Bible can help us in so many ways. It teaches us to let our love guide our relationships. It also teaches us to pray through our anxieties. Take inventory of your life and find out what angers and irritates you? If you find yourself overwhelmed give us a call!

Make Your Resolution Come True!

Make your resolution come true

Happy New Year my friends! This week I really wanted to share with you about my New Year Resolution. There is just something about the start of the new year that feels fresh about starting anew. The most common New Year’s resolutions are to quit smoking, lose weight, and spend more time with family. For Christians like myself the common goals of praying more, reading the Bible every day, and attending church more are echoed across the globe. These are great goal and resolutions. Unfortunately, these goals and resolutions fail too often. Wanting to start or stop something looses its value if it does not have the proper motivation behind it. For example, why do you want to lose weight? Do you want to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution. In this New Year I am praying for wisdom in regards to what resolutions I should make. In addition, I am praying for wisdom as to how to fulfill the resolutions he reveals to me. I plan to rely on God’s strength and not my own. What about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Faithful

Faithful

Be encouraged and understand that you are loved unconditionally by your Creator. Read and meditate on the following scriptures:

I am a MASTERPIECE created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 1:13-14)

No matter my past, I AM FORGIVEN of my sins because of the lavishness of His grace upon me (Ephesians 1:7)

I AM A BRAND NEW person. My old sin nature has passed away, and everything has become brand new (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Because He was wounded, I am HEALED (Isaiah 53:5)

The joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH (Nehemiah 8:10)

I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

I am the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have been given VICTORY in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57)

I walk by FAITH and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)