"After all, children don't provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children." 2 Corinthians 12:14 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Our heavenly Father provides for us and protects us. He wants us to do the same for our children.
We should protect them from harm and provide healthy food to eat, shelter, clothes to wear and all of their physical needs.
And we should provide for them spiritually, teaching them God's ways and that he has a plan for their life. One of the most important things we can do for our children is to pray for them daily, prayerfully committing their training, their physical and emotional well-being, their entire life into God's care. And they need to know that praying for them is a high priority in our life.
Although it's easy to be distracted by the busyness of everyday living, we need to be consistently aware of our children's needs and trust God to help us respond to them wisely.
Consider this …
Godly parenting is an awesome responsibility, but remember—you don't have to face the challenge alone. No matter what the situation, God is with you. He will guide you and help you—and together you can do it!
Father, I thank you for my children. They are indeed a great blessing from you. Help me to be a good provider—physically, emotionally and spiritually. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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