I married at the early age of 18, and I could not wait to become a mom. God graciously allowed me to give birth to my newborn son 318 days after we were married. Once he was in my arms, my husband and I became full-time parents and in need of a parenting guide.
What could we use as a parenting guide?
“The Bible has all the instruction we need to raise a godly family. God’s Word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction, and training in righteousness because it is of God and from God.” ~ Steve Ham
As new parents, with God’s Word as our guide, we were committed to train, nourish, and guide the children God gave us. God’s Word says in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Training our children, of course, is not easy. Not.at.all. It requires time, sacrifice, and continual training.
In order to know how to train and instruct our children, my husband and I are to be studying the all-sufficient parenting guide, God’s Word, individually as well as together.
“God’s Word needs to be our primary parenting manual, and if for some reason we were to find ourselves with no other guide, His Word would again prove itself to be entirely sufficient.” ~ Steve Ham
As parents, we are committed to nourishing and providing for our children’s physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. When we give our children spiritual nourishment, “we must again and again remember that true spiritual food comes only from “the pure milk of the Word” (1 Peter 2:2) (Steve Ham).
Pull out that all-sufficient parenting guide, Dad and Mom. Not only do we need it as parents, but our children do as well, because true food and strength comes from God’s Word.
May we apply Deuteronomy 11:18, 19 daily in our homes:
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
A parent, committed to protecting, is one who shields their child yet also provides them with the tools necessary to protect themselves.
“Foremost in the parent’s mind must be that of creating an environment for sanctification that protects children from the immense pressures they face in the world.” ~ Ken Ham
Oh, how I wish I could shield my children from the pressures they face today! My children are no longer touching the electric sockets, but they are now touching the tablet and the smart phone, which can be just as dangerous.
We as parents have the responsibility to protect our children as much as possible, yet as they get older, we have to continually guide our children to the all-sufficient guide, God’s Word.
Parents, will you join me and my husband as we embrace our responsibility of raising this generation today?
“Read the Word, believe the Word, defend the Word, teach the Word, and live the Word.” ~ (Steve Ham)