Thursday, April 28, 2016

Children: Words That Last

Procter and Gamble has their latest Mom/Olympics ad out and it is good one. The story smoothly moves back and forth between mothers responding to crisis situations and athletes surviving competition. The message is clear – parents build strength in their children by modeling strength during difficult times.

As Christian parents we can so much more than human words of strength. We can walk beside our children in their faith development and help them to understand God’s love and care for them. We can teach them that they do not have to depend on their own strength. Instead they can count on the strength of God.

Mom and Dad's words can be God’s Word:

“When in trouble the first thing we do is pray.”

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6

“God’s way is always the good way- even when it doesn’t feel like it.”

This God – his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

“God can, and does, bring good out of anything.”

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

“God will show you the way.”

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 15:9

“We can give our fears and worries to God.”

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Matthew 6: 33-34

Be your child's teacher today. God is with you!

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