One of the most important things that I believe we should teach our children is about the power of prayer. I believe that praying together every day with your children is a gift you can give them that will stay with them for a lifetime. It will bring them peace, joy, comfort and it will bring them closer to Our Creator.
If you’re not used to praying with your child, you can start praying at each meal, when they wake up and when they go to bed. It is important to teach our children that when we pray, God hears us and will answer our prayers.
It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.” This is something that as mothers, we are called to do, or at least try to do. It may not be practical to pray 24/7, but the Lord requires us to do it.
Next, I believe we need to teach our children about Jesus and to teach them the Word of God.
In 2 Timothy 3:15, Timothy was blessed with something very valuable. The apostle Paul reminded him, "From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation" That is just amazing! Even before reaching adulthood, Timothy was already familiar with the writings of God's Holy Word--His instruction book! How much was that worth? It’s priceless!
And in Deuteronomy 6:5 it says: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." To successfully teach our children or grandchildren, we must fully love God's ways ourselves.
And then in verses 6-7 it says: "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up". Wow! This is clearly a very important topic that God is trying to teach us moms!
Each day, I spent hours and hours teaching my little guy to learn The Word of God--and he did--as early as 20 months old, he said his first verse, Proverbs 3:5.
Lastly, let’s teach our children to love others and to be kind. I received an email recently from a wise mother. She told me the importance of how actions speak much louder than words do. I still need a lot of work on this one. When I'm tired or upset, I do not always treat my children kindly. I need to ask the Holy Spirit for His help daily!
After my most recent book came out, I was so busy blogging, Facebooking, answering emails, doing radio interviews, and not taking care of myself (not eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep) that I became a mom who was exhausted and not happy. I started yelling at my kids on a daily basis. I’m sharing this with you in hopes of preventing another mom from falling into to the devil’s trap as I did. Please stop, take a few moments and talk to God. Ask Him for His help and guidance to give you peace and joy in your heart.Open your Bible and let Him speak to you. Ask Him to multiply your sleep and help you to hold your tongue when needed.This is my biggest challenge!
Many times, I would speak to my children about loving others and to be kind, but I wasn’t doing a very good job at showing them at all. I believe God had this women write to me to open my own eyes. I needed to start taking care of myself and to start teaching my kids by my actions and not just by my words.
I will continue detailing each of the points I brought up on my list of “How Can We Raise Kind and Obedient Children In This World Today?”…and as always, I’d love to hear from you.
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