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."