Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Parenting Advice

I know that Duck's behaviour, good or bad, is my responsibility. When negative behaviour does rear its ugly head, I (and my husband) try to meet it head on. The best place to turn, of course, is to our Father in Heaven. Let's face it, He has dealt with the worst of the worst among His children! (it's a good thing that Paul signed himself up as the 'chief among sinners' or else I think I would have to take the title)

But sticking with dealing with our children's' behaviour, there is great parenting advice throughout scripture. There is one section that Duck and I have been reading and talking about that has meant alot to both of us, 1 Thessolonians 5:14-24:

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Take each verse individually and mull over what it means in your life. This is advice for any age, but how much better that our children take hold of it now. Learning to 'rejoice evermore' and
'pray without ceasing' will carry them through any trial that is allowed into their lives.
Quench not the Spirit - don't hide your light under a bushel!
Prove all things - let others watch you stand on your faith and succeed!
Abstain from all appearance of evil - oh, how subtle Satan can be sneaking into our lives when secular thinking becomes acceptable to a Christian.
Never forgetting the last two verses and the promise that is in there for the faithful. Let me hear an AMEN!


Mrs. Parunak said...

This is one of my favorite passages, too. In fact, I've been talking to our kids a lot about abstaining from every appearance of evil. It was a great delight to hear my five year old exhorting my three year old the other day about it.

Lori said...

Yep. Needed this one, too.