If you are joining us today after reading my devotion with the Proverbs 31 “Encouragement for Today” welcome! If you would like to read the devo, you can find it at Proverbs 31.org.
Last night I had the privilege of hearing two seasoned parents share about what has worked in their experience in raising godly kids. They each have kids in their mid-twenties down to kids in middle school.
A lot of the things they shared, I have heard or experienced before, but it was SO good to hear from another set of parents that it is ok to be the parents who stick out a bit; a parent whose standards don’t go with the flow of modern culture.
It was also good to be reminded that rules without relationship produce rebellion. It is so important to have those pre-set boundaries that everyone in the house know. They are not a surprise. They are not created on the spot or packed with emotion. They are in place before the “game starts” – like the chalked in line on the softball.
But sometimes in the day to day struggle of raising godly kids in an ungodly world, I get exhausted and become tempted to say to things to avoid the inevitable argument. I have to remember to “Not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not”. (I obviously had to memorize that one in the King James in middle school. How good it is that it stuck with me!) Last night, I was reminded that what goes in, does come out – eventually! So, keep on putting the Word in. He has promised us in His Word that it will not return void…it will produce fruit!