There are so many times that I feel defeated as a parent. It’s wearisome day in and day out to fix healthy meals, drive the kids where they need to go, and discipline in such a way that I don’t scar the children for life. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of joyous times as well, and I love my job! But there are moments of frustration when I really need my own moment of intervention. And as a Christian, I forget to turn to the One who can intervene for me.
I need to tell myself Truth every day. I need it engraved upon my heart. As a Christian, I have the power of the Holy Spirit within me. Why am I walking around with a long face and defeated attitude? Lies. I keep listening to lies instead of meditating on God’s Truth. Maybe you need some of these Truths as well.
1) Luke 12:11-12: When training our children, the Spirit will give us the words to say when we need them.
2) John 14:15-17: We do not parent alone. We have help ALL the time!
3) John 14:25-26: If we listen to Him, the Spirit will teach us how to be a good parent and will help us to recall scripture when we need it.
4) John 15:26-27: We need to tell our children about Jesus.
5) John 16: 8-11: The Spirit will convict us when we are doing something wrong as a parent. And in return we must change that behavior. We also need to train our kids to know right and wrong as the Spirit teaches us.
6) John 16:13-14: We need to be quiet and listen to the Spirit in prayer throughout the day.
7) Acts 1:8: If we have salvation through Jesus Christ, then we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us! We have been given parental authority and we must take that responsibility seriously.
8) Romans 8:26-27: The Spirit knows the will and mind of God. If we listen, He will impart that knowledge to us so we can help our children in their strengths and weaknesses.
9) 1 Corinthians 2:11;16: We must be teachable. We don’t know everything, but God does.
10) 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: We need to remember that we are saved by grace. Our children are also works in progress, just as we are. God will justify them as He did us.
11) Galatians 5:22-25: We must model how to walk in the Spirit so our children will see the fruit and desire the same.
12) Ephesians 1:13-14: The Holy Spirit seals those who believe. We must be willing to share our testimony with our children, and pray for their salvation.
13) Ephesians 3:20-21: Our daily power must come from above, not ourselves. We must expect God to do great and mighty things in us and in our children.
14) 2 Peter 1:3: We are granted and given everything we need to live holy and godly lives. We must plug into the power, learn true knowledge of Jesus. and keep sharing Truth with our kids.
We are to be continuously filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and moment by moment walk in the Spirit. What does this mean?
Be surrendered. Be yielded.
We cannot do this parenting thing in our own power. I cannot to this on my own. I must cling to these Truths.
What has the Holy Spirit taught you about parenting?