Be sure to check out Week 6: You’ve Got a Friend
What do your kids want to be when they grow up? Probably they will change their minds 3 to 4…6 or 7, times before they settle on something. What are you doing to help prepare them for God’s future? How are you helping your children to identify their dreams? Are you encouraging them to live for an audience of One?
What is a lesson you have learned about yourself since you became a mom? For me, I have learned how selfish I really am. I have also become more aware of my rebelliousness toward God and how amazing it is that God is patient and loving towards me. It is our job as parents to represent the character of God to our children. Through our guidance and training we want our children to grow in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:40) What dreams did you have as a child? What dreams are your children dreaming? “The most important thing I want for my children is for them to be holy. Happiness will follow if their hearts are right.” (114)
Our children are a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3) We have the privilege to lead our kids to Jesus and disciple them for His leadership. How do you encourage your children in the Lord? The only way to really encourage and train as we should is for us to watch and study our children. We need to know their talents, their passions. We need to know their strengths and weaknesses. We need to help them know how to be good stewards of the abilities God has given them. (Philippians 2:13) This Truth causes me to fall to my knees asking God for wisdom. “Ask God what He has in mind for your child. He will instruct you and teach you so your child will be prepared for the future.” (117)
God has a plan for your child. (Jeremiah 29:11) He wants your child to live for Him. He wants your child to hunger for Him. What are you doing to help your child focus on God? We moms are called to make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20) Making disciples begins at home. We need to make sure that we know the facts of the gospel and that we are sharing those facts with our children. Be sure you know the Truths of the following verses: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9. These would make wonderful memory verses!
“Ideally, the end result of your parenting will be children who are successfully launched to pursue and fulfill their God-given dreams-and more dependent on the Lord than on you. But that won’t keep you from wanting and needing to pray for them as they travel down the river of life. Your heart will be with them at every turn.” (126)
***Thank you to all of my Readers who persevered through this parenting study. May God bless your efforts and continue to give us moms wisdom day after day.***
You can’t parent from the back of your head. What do you need to turn off or shut down in order to spend face-to-face time with your child?
God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth (all quotes come from this study)