Raising Children to have: Respect, Honor, Love and Integrity

November 17, 2007

Your Child is a “GIFT” from God

In todays world, it is sometimes difficult to raise your child with the values we learned as children.  Why?  I think sometimes as parents we tend to forget “Our” role.  We know that this age is different from when we were children: it is tougher for kids to share their faith, they face so many different challenges than we did, children are “killing” and committing crimes like nothing we ever dreamed of, they have little or no respect for authority and so on.  I think to often, we as parents “give up” – we’re lost – how can we stop what’s happening to our kids?  I believe the answer is right where we left it: In God’s Word.  Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

This requires us as parents to take the first step.  Train: that means tough love.  By that I mean, we sometimes have to “Demand- Respect, Honor, Love and Integrity!  Children do not “Give” it easily.  As we teach our children, the fruits of the Spirit – that Jesus taught his disciples – we will begin to see a change.  Dont get me wrong, our children will continue to “challenge” us – but now they will know the Line.  They will begin to understand what is “acceptable” and “unacceptable” behavior.  Children NEED to be taught – Your Words NEED to be enforced.  The worst thing we can do to our children is speak the words of how we expect them to behave with “threats” of discipline for not listening AND then GIVING IN.  How often do we do that?  We stop at the most critical point of their lives.  I encourage you, Teach your child Values – Expect them to Learn them – Demand that they do AND then you will see the child that you knew was there all along.  Never give up – that is what Satan wants us to do – then he is able to begin his work.  Hold on – God’s Promises are REAL – he is faithful even when we are not.  Pray for your children – that God would Protect them and Guide them and KEEP THEM FROM EVIL.  He will – they are his children first.  Give your child the Greatest Gifts:  Love, Respect, Honor and Integrity — and watch as God reveals a Blessing in Your Child. 

Everyday can be a challenge.  Everyday can become a blessing.  Are you ready and willing to begin the journey?  If God is for us – who can be against us?  Our world Needs to change – as Christians, we need to stand up and fight to protect our children.  We need to be obedient to God’s calling in Training our children.  Take a moment NOW, Pray for your children.  Maybe you need to start all over – that’s okay – it’s never to late to let your child know how much you love them and WHY you are demanding changes in their lives.  Its not easy, no, but with God : ALL things are possible – give him your situation, I promise you: He will never forsake you.  May God Bless each and every one of you as you seek Gods direction for your families.  IN GOD WE TRUST – isnt only meant for a stamp on money – its our way of Living.

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