Parents have a tough job and need all the prayers and help they can get. Here are four principles to help in raising the precious children God has entrusted to your care.
- A) TETHER (Anchor) THEM- “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Life is the manifestation of character. Character is determined by decisions. Decisions are based on values. Values are built on Foundations. Foundation is established by Life Inputs (family, friends, and society). And foundation determines how people stand up to life’s storms.
- B) TRAIN THEM- Proverbs 22:6 in the Hebrew reads like this “Train up a child in the way he should develop in keeping with his individual gifts and character inclinations and when he is old he will not depart from it”. Parents need to recognize the God given abilities and inclinations of their children and then train them to use those talents to build a life based on who they are as well as what they do.
- C) TOUCH THEM- Physically with hugs of appreciation and mentally with family discussions about vital issues (Make them use their minds as well as their thumbs!)
- D) TRUST THEM- “Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother” (Psalms 131:2). Give them wings as well as roots. Encourage them to develop into people of courage and confidence so that one day they can be a great parent to your grandchildren!
With God’s help you can be successful as a parent. My prayers are with you.