The rain is coming down on the farm. My garden getting the good drenching that it needed. My clothes that got left on the line....not so much. I'm always caught off guard by these stray showers. Clothes being lifted up and swinging back and forth. All the little people that I adore run to get swim suits on and are now running and jumping through the puddles. Playing in the rain.
I didn't see the cloud coming or I could have had time to prepare. This is usually whats happens to all of us. We didn't see it coming. The character issues that slowly make their way into the life of our children.
It starts off at a distance and we slowly blame it on other things and then one day it becomes so big we ask ourselves where did this attitude come from? I thought I taught them better than this.
We think it's cute when they're little. We think it will go away. We think they will outgrow it before we have to do something about it. None of which are true.
- They don't outgrow it, the bad attitude usually grows.
- We are supposed to be training them up in the way they should go so ANY behavior you see that will not look Godly in 5-10 years you must train them now not to do it.
- Training our children up means work. Imagine you're training for a race or battle. It will take you working at it every single day.
Some days the battle is easy and we swing and laugh and eat popcorn but other days we're on the battle field fighting a huge battle for our children sake..Don't think you're not in a battle for your children because you are. This weekend I taught from Ephesians 6:1-3 Children honor your father and your mother so it will go well with you in the land I have given to you.
This promise is not for me. It's for my children...it will go well for them. So knowing how much I love the children under my roof I train them up to honor their father and me. I don't believe they come into this world knowing how to honor. We have to teach them to honor. Most kids today are being taught how to honor themselves not their parents, so why should we not be surprised when it's not going well for a lot of children?
God's grace covers and has covered a lot of my parenting mistakes but we have a job to do.
We have our part to play in the raising up of Godly children and The Lord wants us to keep at it and not be surprised with the summer showers.
Blessings from the farm,