Teach Your Children

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If I could turn back the clock and more diligently put into practice just two Biblical principles in raising my children, it would be the following verses:

In Deuteronomy 11:19, the things one must teach to children are the commandments, promises, and ways of the Lord until the child is prepared, disciplined, and proficient in serving others in the name of Jesus. It becomes apparent that this is to be done consistently and constantly, from a very early age; and in a way that they can clearly understand, such as through practice and example. My good friend, Pat, comes to mind as I think on these verses because her now grown daughter practices and enjoys serving and helping others–a natural outcome from the way she was raised.

Recently, while conversing with Pat concerning how to better help others, she relayed a story: When her daughter was very young, they purchased a warm coat for a homeless lady they often visited. However, Pat did not give the coat to the lady herself; she instructed her daughter to give it to her– putting into practice what she had been taught. Later as a teen, Pat’s daughter helped feed the homeless in NYC through a local organization; however, the results of biblical “training up” did not end there. Today Pat’s young grandson eagerly joins his mom in serving others, and is provided with abundant opportunities to put into practice what he has learned. Without a doubt, God’s instructions are true and effective.

My friend comes from a long line of believers who faithfully endeavored to raise their children in the way they should go according to God’s word. And, although that has not been my heritage to that degree, I am greatly encouraged by God’s promises to me for my grown children and grandchildren: Thankfully, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 reveals that the Lord desires for all to be saved and come to the knowledge of His truth. In addition, it is extremely encouraging to know that I can confidently pray for my family according to James 5:16“The heart-felt and persistent prayers of a righteous man [a believer in Christ] can accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God. It has tremendous power .” (Amplified Bible)

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  1. Hi Mary Ann 🙂
    As the daughter of Pat in your blog, I also wanted to add something. So, Mom and I were talking about this a couple days ago. I feel like I am almost brain dead when it comes to remembering things from my childhood, but these times that you have mentioned above, I remember so distinctly. That says a lot. As a child and later a teen, it shows me that these acts of giving really effected me. I’m very grateful my Mom taught me about giving to others in need. Now I have been teaching my son the same and he loves helping others. He always wants to be the one to give out, whatever we are giving 🙂
    I am also very much a prodigal child, so James 5:16 had probably been a very instrumental verse for my Mom. No one should ever give up praying or give up hope for children or family etc. Our God is a miracle worker 💗

    1. Well said, Heather…it is very encouraging to witness how the power of prayer has been so richly displayed in your lives–a real testimony to the goodness of God.

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