Your Child is such a beautiful gift, and unfortunately, today, we see more than ever that so many parents now see their children as a burden. This mentality is so far from what God would ever want. It’s our job as Christians to expose the beauty of parenting. God thinks your
1. Your Child is a GIFT to you to treasure
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Psalm 127:3-5 tells us that “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”
Luke 18:15-17 “Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
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2. God uses your children to transform you.
They teach you to become more like christ – exhibiting the spirits’ fruit- PATIENCE, LOVE, JOY, PEACE, SELF CONTROL, FAITHFULNESS- b. They put us in the place of GIVING and continuous GIVING- Compassionate. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22
As you intentionally instruct your children in the ways of Christ, your soul will find refreshment in the truths of Scripture. While you teach your children, you learn. While you teach your children to worship, you worship, and as they grow, you grow too.
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion for the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Isaiah 49:15
You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give your children good gifts, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matt 7:9 NLT
3. We replicate our Kind -We Produce our Kind.
God said in Genesis 1:28– And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply so that we can replicate ourselves and fill the kingdom with his children.
“For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”Genesis 18:19
Your responsibility as a Parent of 0-3-year-olds- Caretakers
“Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the lord”. Charles Spurgeon.
Love Them Unconditionally
“Show your children God’s love by loving them and others as Christ loves you. Be quick to forgive, don’t hold a grudge, look for what’s best, and speak gently into areas of their lives that need growth.” Genny Monchamp
Make Decisions for them- what they wear, what they eat, (Nutrient)
You make decisions for what they will wear and what they will eat. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your child can represent God wherever he goes by how he dresses. It is also your responsibility to feed your child with the right food.
Feed them spiritual food
As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your children are feeding right, and this does not exclude spiritual food. You need to teach them the word of God. How do you provide them spiritual food? Read the word of God to them. Have devotionals and pray for and with them. Trust me, they understand.
Inculcate in them good morals
The bible said in Deut 32:46, “He said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.
Train up a child in the way they should go; even when they are old, they will not depart from it. Prov 22:6; Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart Prov 29:17 ESV.
Create time for your child
Deuteronomy 6:7-You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when they sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when they lie down and when you rise. Pray for them. Pray with them and also use Daily Affirmation.
When we neglect our responsibilities, there are consequences.
They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions. Hosea 5:7
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