Monday, May 7, 2012

Train them well

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.

  1. They don't outgrow it, the bad attitude usually grows.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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,


Annie said...

Thank you for posting this encouragement! We are in the battle of character and will with my 5 year old. Some things have cropped up that I'm shocked at and now we must train him differently. Thankfully God is with us!

Ms. Sigurdson said...

This post inspired me to "fill up" with my new Bible reading program. I was supposed to begin again at Genesis 1. When I opened my Bible, I was reminded that kids drain our resources in more than one sense. When I cared for my friend's foster children recently, her 3 yr old tore several pages out of my Bible! The 1st half of Genesis is gone! Fortunately we have more than 1 Bible. But I had to laugh- I finally had a quiet moment to spend reading- and there were no pages to read!

Anonymous said...

Dear Robin,
What a pure and sweet J O Y it was for my girls and i when you came and sat at our table saturday!! My husband asked what the highlight of our trip was and handsdown w/o hesitation they both said meetin and talkin with Miss Robin!!! We have love you and your fam for over 3 years now. Quietly and from a state away. To meet you and see your beautiful self, bubblin up and over was ,well J O Y!!! Thank you Robin for your kindness and passion and openness and joy!! You are a treasure and the Pitts ladies love you even more seein it all in action. The conference was so, so ,so very good (one of the best ever!). Thank you so much for opening your heart and life and doin it!! Thank you for all you share here. So encouraging, and real, and fun, and to my heart. You gave us a gift we will not soon forget dear lady, thank you!! tammy

Karen Sue said...

such a good post. It's hard being the 'mean mom' sometimes, standing firm when you need to and it becomes more obvious as you are out in the world, that training your children is just not happening in to many places.
Bless you for it. You have a lovely family

Sarah♥ said...

Your little girls are so cute!! :)

For Kith and Kingdom said...

A friend referred me to your blog after hearing you at the recent conference that encouraged her and me secondhand, too. My husband and I are blessed with 5 kids to nurture in the fear of the Lord have briefly held 7 others in womb and hands, and would love to adopt but would appreciate experienced advice. I don't see a place to privately email you, but would prefer private email interchange or phone if that's possible.

Many Thanks,
Rachel (Knox, TN)

thatsmeRRC said...

I was reviewing my notes from the conference this morning and I want to say thank you again for your encouragement and honesty in sharing your journey of motherhood. Thank you for your kind attention and invitation to me and my daughter, Marleigh! The day at the conference felt so refreshing! It was indeed worth the drive from East Texas! Praying many blessings on you and your family.

Robin Cowgill
Romans 15:13

Renata said...

Hi Robin
It is lovely to catch up on your posts & I am so pleased your conference went well ~ I'm hoping to get some audio of your talks ( just have to check with hubby). Your girls are adorable & I love your full swing of kiddos ~ so precious. Thank you for the wisdom in your words as well ~ I know I need to make sure I address these character issues ~ it is so easy to overlook them or let them slide for a time, but I've always found it is so much harder to break a habit of bad character once it is formed.
Love to you & your family ~ thank you for sharing your heart


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