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Parenting isn’t always easy…there is just so much you have to do for your child, and I don’t mean just taking care of them. I mean raising them to know right and wrong, forgiveness, obedience, honor, love, truth, sharing, and much more. It isn’t a easy responsibility, but a command from the Lord.
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Although, parenting can be hard work, it isn’t just all work and no play. I’m not saying that at all. Parenting does have its ups and downs, but doesn’t everything in life worth fighting for have their own ups and downs?
I have been fortunate enough to have some great parents, who are (and have been) working really hard to do as Deuteronomy says, as well as Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
How My Parents Discipled Me:
One thing that has always stood out to me, is that when I was in trouble, they didn’t just yell at me, they quoted scripture to me.
I can’t remember how many times we’ve had to quote scriptures, such as: “A brother loves at all times.” or “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.”
There are so many more that I can say by heart, but we’ll just leave it at that…
They didn’t just scold me, they told me exactly why what I did was wrong. My parents made it their priority to make sure we knew what we did wrong and why we were being punished.
My brothers and I had good examples of our parents showing patience, kindness, compassion. The best kind of learning, isn’t always taught, it is observed. We have been blessed with these examples.
Our parents never wasted a moment to explain to us why something wasn’t true. With entertainment being what it is these days, there can be some horrible things shown. My parents quickly tell us, with scripture, why it shouldn’t happen.
My parents aren’t afraid to pray with us. This has probably been the most amazing thing that my brothers and I have witnessed. Our parents pray for us every evening, they pray for us when we need it, They tell us that they were praying for us in an area in our life that we need, they showed us how to pray in public, they encourage us to pray about the things that are going on in our lives, too. Prayer has become a big thing in our lives.
How I have implemented the discipling:
While I was in high school, my mom assigned me essays to write. Not about something I read in literature, or a project I did, but rather about marriage, submission, and parenting. Things I needed to know before I began a life as a wife and mother.
As an elementary student, I was ordered to write verses about love, honor, kindness, and many other, when I wasn’t showing those characteristics to my family or friends.
Throughout my whole schooling, I had to memorize scripture and store it in my heart. I kept a prayer journal and a growth journal for my Christian life. (The prayer journal and growth journal are now priceless keepsakes…)
Because of my parents discipleship to my brothers and I, we are now set to be disciples ourselves.
Discipling your own children:
My mom has just recently written an ebook of all the methods she has used to disciple us in the way of the Lord, and I would LOVE to share it with you…
Introducing, Discipleship: A Character Curriculum using Scripture
Here is what is included in this curriculum:
- Word Study
- Personal Journal
- Prayer Journal
- Reading Log
What are your unique ways of discipling your children for Christ?I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.