“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 19
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28. Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
The Lord has given us children to bless our lives and to make us more complete. It doesn’t matter if they are ours biologically, if they are adopted, belong to extended family or belong to friends. I believe children are a blessing and I also believe that God has a sense of humor and it came out in my household ---- 3 sons!
Don’t get me wrong, I truly adore my boys and I love them with my whole heart, but it sure made our home very rambunctious, to put it mildly…….and though that has slowed up some, it hasn’t yet quit and now they're moved out!!! I guess it won’t ever quit.
When I first had my boys, I didn’t realize at the time that God had a fully complete instruction manual on how to raise them. His Word - the bible.
I used to think that He gave us these cute, little critters and said “Go for it!”. EEEEK, okay. What I believed I had to go on was how my parents raised me, Lee pretty much believed the same way. Neither of us grew up with any strong Christian teachings in our homes. However, moral ethics were taught such as don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t hurt someone else, etc.
However, as I grew in my walk with the Lord and read His Word, I learned from Him what He would have me to do as a mother. Our culture’s ideology of raising kid’s self-esteem by using constant praise and little to no correction only brings godlessness and self-indulgence. This does not bring blessing to either parents or children, it only brings about people who have a huge “I” problem.
“I don’t need God, I can do it myself,”; “When I graduate from college, I should be given a top-of-the-ladder career,”; “I don’t care if I’m only 16, I should have that new Chevy Camaro that I want, get it for me!”. Spoiled brats who have no respect for others and the only reason they would say that their parents are blessed is because they can get what they want from them -- actually, they despise their parents.
Earlier we read in Deuteronomy 6 and 11 the Lord’s command to teach our children, continuously day and night, to impress His ways on our hearts and their hearts. You may want to review those chapters again. He has said these things twice!
Read Proverbs 22:6 and fill in the blanks: “__________ a child in the ________ he ___________ go, and when he is ________ he will not _________ from it.”
God doesn’t tell us how old “OLD” is………
As you know, the Lord tells us continuously to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid. We sometimes go into parenthood with fear and trembling, yet with unspeakable joy. The true fear we should have should be that of the Lord - for not raising these little ones that He has given us responsibility for in His ways. We should have no fear of the children. When we do, they know it and they use it to their advantage.
Read Proverbs 22:15 and fill in the blanks: “Folly is __________ up in the __________ of a child, but the rod of _______________ will drive it far from him.”
I’m not saying here that we are always trailing our kids around looking for something to discipline them about, correction is just one of the many facets of motherhood. Loving, cherishing, playing, watching and nurturing - the whole wonderful mother thing is a God given gift.
Our words to them should be ones that build their character as it says in Proverbs 25:11; “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Our Lord Jesus loved children. We find several places in the gospels where He took them in His arms, blessed them, put His hands on them and would not let anyone keep them from Him. (Mt. 19:14, Mk. 10:14 & 16, Lk. 18:16)
If we treat our children in the same manner as Jesus, when they grow up and get older, they will arise and call us blessed. (At least, we’re hoping.)
When a husband sees that his wife is capably running his home and raising his children in a godly way, he also believes he is blessed and praises her (see the next verse).
Personal Question: Am I raising my children in God’s ways using words and actions that produce people that follow after Him? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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