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November 7, 2011

Train Up a Child

What does this mean?  I recently read on Gospel.com  "It's widely understood that your upbringing, whether it was kind or cruel, has a major influence on your attitudes and behaviors even once you've entered adulthood. Here the Bible confirms this, and exhorts parents to raise their kids in a godly manner so that they'll continue along that path as they grow."

Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

As a parent it is my job to teach my children to walk in Truth.  I have four boys ages 4, 2 and twin infants.  How can I train them?  We recently began morning devotions as a family. While we eat our breakfast we read from God's Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible. Starting our day off in the Word has really helped get our day going in the right direction.  My older boys love reading, so they eat quietly, taking in God's Word.  The devotional is geared towards active little boys which, no surprise, mine are.  For awhile when my twins were newborn we would turn the TV on first thing in the morning while I was nursing, so the big boys had something to do while I sat on the couch for 1-1.5 hours feeding.  Since starting the devotions and cutting back on TV in the morning I have noticed a difference in their attitudes which sets the tone for the rest of the day.

I am learning this parenting thing one day at a time, just like the rest of you.  God has given us the best tool to use, the Bible.  I am at my best when I start my own day off alone in His Word.  Since the babies began sleeping through the night (yay!) I have been back on track with waking up early before the kids.  I make my coffee and spend time alone with God reading His Word.  How can I teach the Bible to my children if I'm not in it myself?  Sometimes I read books on Christian living in addition to the Bible.  Recent favorites include:

A Woman After God's Own Heart® by Elizabeth George.

I'm starting this blog as an accountability.  I'm not a writer, and I'm not a teacher.  I don't know it all.  I don't have all the answers.  I learn a little each day about being a better parent and how to grow closer to God.  I'd like to invite you to join me. Together we can learn as we go.

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