By: Amy Wagner
BIBLE TEXT: Psalm 127:3
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: In the past few months I have learned a lot in school about child development and the stages of cognitive and emotional development. It has caused me to reflect, as many of us do, about how well I raised my kids. Was I a good mother? What could I have done different? Did I mess them up? Where did I go wrong…or what did I do right? It’s not unusual for a parent to feel insecure about their abilities in teaching and discipline. However, God knows our struggles and gives instruction as to what is important in raising your children. Raise them to fear and love the Lord God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as they do themselves.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: In one of my classes, Tim Clinton and Dr. Gary Sibey talk about how raising kids is a difficult task even in the best of situations. Two of the most important points I took away from the class were, rules without relationship will lead to rebellion, and the model your child develops about you is the model they ultimately create about God. How do you live these out? Love your kids, show them God through the way you behave…with others…and with them. Set an example to show how much God loves His children.
PRAYER: Father God, shine through me down on my children. Give me the heart and the mind to teach them the way you love through my actions towards them. I want to be a humble, loving and just parent as you are with me. Open my eyes to see opportunities to teach them about your love and faithfulness. I will never abandon them as you will never abandon me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: By the grace of God, John and Amy live in Mt. Juliet and have been married 14 years with three children (Andrew, Brianna and Alex). They have attended Life Assembly since 2005 and serve the church within the children and adult ministries. Amy is currently a Veterinary Technician but also working full time toward a degree in psychology for professional counseling with a focus on children and teens of domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28