Your child doesn't need another friend—they need a mom and a dad
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him (Proverbs 22:15).
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him (Proverbs 17:25).
In the course of their lifetime, your children will have many, many friends…but they will only be blessed with one mother and one father. Friends often tell you what they think you want to hear. Moms and Dads speak truth to their children. Parents, you are appointed and anointed by God the Father for such a time as this. It doesn’t take a village—it takes a committed father and mother to raise godly offspring. Committed first of all to God, then to each other ‘til death parts their relationship—then committed to their children and grandchildren to teach them the principles and precepts of the Word of God.
Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children’ (Deuteronomy 4:10).
Mom and Dad, please don’t listen to the pressures of this culture and the luring song of the enemy who desires to destroy you, your children, and your grandchildren with his whispered lies. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your mind in the Word of God. Remember the mistakes of those ancient Israelites who had seen and heard God’s voice, yet they were wooed by the enemy’s deception, desiring to be like the godless people around them. Make no mistake—this battle is real, ever increasing, and the prize is your child. Stand firm in the Word of God and in the role He assigned to you—parent—not friend.
Wife, mother, and Mimi, freelance artist and photographer, DiAne Gates writes for children, young adults, and non-fiction for adults through her blogs, http://dianegates.wordpress.com/ and www.floridagirlturnedtexan.wordpress.com. She also facilitates a GriefShare support group. DiAne’s award winning, ROPED, first in her western adventure series released July of 2015, and the second book, TWISTED, released by Pelican Book Group July 14, 2017. Third book in this series, UNTIED, is her WIP. You can find DiAne on Facebook.
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