Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday School Class


We have been reading Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss in our Sunday School class for a long time. But, it has been worth it.
We are reading the part about children- just starting to finish it today. And though, we have been discussing it for awhile now, some things are just hard for me to accept.
DeMoss discusses how even though the Lord holds us responsible for the proper raising of our kids, they still have their own free will and could rebel.
I think this upsets me most, because I want some kind of guarantee that if I do what the Lord wants, he will bless me with children that continue to serve Him in their adult years.
How do you feel about that?
Is is too much to ask?
However, DeMoss doesn't say we should just hope for the best, that they turn out ok.

She says, "Parents have enormous influence and are responsible to mold the hearts and lives of their children. As easy as it is to shift blame to peers, teachers, entertainment, church youth groups, or secular culture, the fact it, we are accountable for the spiritual condition of the flock God has given us to shepherd".

God is calling us as parents to really press in for our children.
Both in our actions and in our prayers.
Instead of frustration, I am challenged by this lesson and am going to try to be a better role model in front of my kids and to be someone real in their lives. Someone who really has a relationship with Him.
How about you?
What are you feelings on this?
I'd like to know.

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

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2 comments:

  1. I loved the book and agree with DeMoss. God's Word does say there are blessings for obedience. Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good to those who called....
    So I don't think I answered your questions, but wanted to share what I was thinking. I also think it is a matter of having faith and trusting the LORD, knowing He knows what is best.

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  2. I never read the book, but I've heard of it. I really believe it's important to talk about what God is doing in your life and your relationship with Him to your kids and involve them in your relationship with Him. My kids are teens, and when God answers my prayers or sends me on a mission, or a challenge and it's appropriate to tell them/it's not personal, I usually share. (I'm a conference speaker, so I'm kind of an extrovert that way, anyhow...I can't help myself!) It has opened up some interesting discussions - even with my very private 15 yr. old boy - but with that one, it has to be the right timing, in the right place (usually when we're alone, in the car). Kids definitely watch what we do - and they can sniff out people who are preachy vs. people who really live what they believe and love others. I think that's the key - real love. And real belief. Are we really BELIEVERS? Do we really believe? Because if we did, we'd live it...

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