Memory Verse: “but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:25
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31:1-9
As I look at my own children I have so many moments of joy and happiness. It is easy to know how much God loves us when we consider the gift we receive through the life of a child. I also have many struggles. Feelings of doubt, fear, and failure. I do not believe that I am alone. I watch as women second guess their parenting and compare themselves to other mommies as a scale to measure success. We are all different. And those differences should be celebrated. We were given our children as a gift from God and we are to raise them according to the abilities that God has provided us. He knows you and he knew your children before he even formed them. You are literally a ‘match made in Heaven.’
This week we read from Proverbs. In chapter 31, we hear Lemuel speak the words of his mother. We don’t know much about Lemuel other than that he was a king and he was blessed with his mother. We can all learn from her in these verses.
- She was a teaching momma!
- She was a praying momma!
- She was a correcting momma!
The most important thing you can do is teach your children about God. So often, we lose sight of what is important in life. We become so involved with the world while staying busy raising our children. We feel like we need to take part in everything that comes along, dragging our children behind us. While there isn’t anything wrong with being involved in activities, we must remember that in the end, none of it will matter. What will matter is that we taught our children God’s Words so that they will be ready to answer when God calls them.
- Deuteronomy 11:19 "Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
When raising children, your mission should be constantly covered in prayer.
- Proverbs 2:6 "For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding"
One thing that we need while raising our children is knowledge. Ask God! He gives is wisdom that no parenting book could ever give.
Correct your children and teach them to decipher right from wrong. Show them how to repent and turn from their sin. We are moving further and further from true repentance. We want to hear things that uplift us and makes us feel superior. This is dangerous as we start to ignore the sins that need confession. We learn to live with our sins and make them part of who we are.
- Acts 3:19 "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord"