What if at the end of a long day you say "this one was a tough one" ?
What if you recognize some form of rebellion in your child and choose to
over look it because it's hard to keep on keeping on?
What if someone says something that is unkind and you are commanded to forgive.
What if you have a special needs child and you are charged by God to live out this life joyfully doing hard things trusting in your Father who gave you this child. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18
What if at the end of a 17 hour drive you realize you have been changed yet once again.
My mission field took me across the West last week and I am once again before my father begging for forgiveness for so many things that I learned at the baby conference but one important thing is my job as trainer of my children. I train my children but do I take this as seriously as I should?
What if as mothers we teach our kids to obey but never ever train them?
They have the manners down pat yet they are not trained to help make the burden less on anyone around them.
As mothers this responsibility falls directly on our shoulders.
It's our job.We cannot continue to raise up self centered immature children. Sounds harsh,
but what is harsh? It is the reality of us dropping the ball as mothers.
We are commanded to train up our children and if not our ill mannered kids will stand before us one day and we will reap what we have sown.
Training is and will forever be a hard dose of standing on the front lines and putting
your boots on and fighting for your child's soul before God. We cannot run, we have to stand and fight.If parents teach children truth with their mouths, without setting the example of righteousness, devotion, wisdom and courage, then children will learn to scorn, disregard or abuse the truth. They will end up as rebels (rejecting the truth), nominal Christians (superficially recognizing the truth, but living like the world) or legalists (treating the truth as a sterile set of rules by which to pass judgment on others).
If you're standing on the front lines and you have not yet drawn a line in the sand then
my dear friend, please do it today. Training is tiring, and frustrating, and aggravating at times but
training is the key to your children passing on to the next generation a love and heavy dose of respect of the Lord who made them. Don't give up on training your children. The Lord is faithful.
Reload your guns today and fight off the enemy who would like nothing more than for you to stand and do nothing.
Quit thinking that you will train when they get older.
That is a lie straight from the devil. You cannot train them when they get older in most cases.
They will be a stiff necked rebellious teenager. You fight NOW ..
Fight for your children's heart.
Teach them to love big.
Love them exceedingly big.
Help others around you not just once a year but make it a part of your daily life.
Teach them to look at adults and smile and be an encouragement to all around them but most of all
teach them to Fear the Lord. We teach the love of God but we fail to teach the Fear of God.
Look for small holes in their character and don't let up praying and training because it's those small
areas we tend to overlook that are most dangerous.
"Let us beware of the beginnings of backsliding, however small. We never know what we may come to, if we once leave the king's highway. The professing Christian who begins to say of any sin or evil habit, "it is but a little one," is in imminent danger. He is sowing seeds in his heart, which will one day spring up and bear bitter fruit. It is a homely saying, that "if men take care of the pence the pounds will take care of themselves." We may borrow a good spiritual lesson from the saying. The Christian who keeps his heart diligently in little things shall be kept from great falls."~ J.C. Ryle
Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the things we learned at The Baby Conference and Lord willing, a book on training might be available soon!