Raising Children

This is a devotion I wrote for my SIL’s baby shower. I thought I’d share it with you all.

As a mother of 5  I know a little about child rearing, but only a LITTLE! You never stop learning and you never stop asking yourself “Am I doing this right?” It really is a wonder that our firstborn ever survives childhood without being permanently scarred from all the “well-meaning” advice from grandma, mom, friends, and even the stranger at the gas station, as well as our complete lack of wisdom in having something so small, so new, and so completely dependant upon us.

In the Bible, they will sometimes refer to the mother of a man in his lineage. In a time when women really had no rights, I can’t help but to think that only the best, and the worst, of mothers were mentioned. Remember Hannah? She prayed for a child only to give him back to the Lord once he was weaned. (1 Samuel) Then there was Herodias’ mom. She had her daughter ask the king for the head of John the Baptist. WOW! Talk about your great parenting skills! Or should I say, lack thereof! (Matthew 14:3-12 and Mark 6:17-29) Then there was Mary, the mother of Jesus. Could you imagine being Jesus’ mom? Sure, we all joke about how it would have been easy raising the perfect child, but remember, she also had to watch as Jesus was mocked and beaten and hung on a cross, by those he came to save.

(John 16:21) Once the pain and anguish of labor is over, and you hold that perfect little baby in your hands, you are going to realize, for the first time in your life, that you are now wholly responsible for another life. Your raising will determine wether the child you are holding will live a life for Jesus or live a life for the world. God promises us, that even though we are born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5), if we “train up a child in the way that he should go”. that “when he is old HE WILL NOT DEPART from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) That is a PROMISE straight from the Lord!

So, how exactly do we raise this child in the ways that he should go? You may have googled all the websites and read all the books you could find on raising children, but it all boils down to one verse in the Bible; Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Always, I repeat. ALWAYS, seek the Lord first in all that you do for your child. That’s it, there is no better way to raise your child than that. You are going to stumble, and sometimes you will fall, but when you do, get up, dust yourself off, ask the Lord to forgive you (and your child if necessary) and strive to do what God would have you do.

Even though you may not be the perfect parents, and you may do things wrong sometimes, as long as you strive to do the will of God and seek him for advice in all you do, I am confidant that you will leave a legacy not only to your children, but for many generations to come.

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