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"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 7:13 NIV

Monday, January 12, 2009

Be Strong!

I thought this was so appropriate for our topic this month.


Power Point with Jack Graham

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

--Ephesians 6:10

If you are a parent or grandparent today, I've got a message for you: Be strong!

As your children grow, the pressure to conform is incredible. So how can you teach them to be strong and live a life without compromise? Be strong yourself and grounded in God's Word.

And here are four ways I believe you can instill that strength of spirit and character in your children:

Teach them the importance of choices. Instruct your children on how to say "yes" to the things that are right and "no" to those that are wrong. Every time you make the right choice, you are strengthened. And each wrong choice weakens you.

Teach them the importance of convictions. Before you can make the right decision, you must know what you believe and why you believe it. If you instill values and biblical principles in your children from a young age, they won't flinch when they face a tough decision.

Teach them the importance of conscience. Foster a sensitivity to sin in your children. They need to know about consequences. Their conscience should be conditioned by the Word of God and by the teaching of the family.

Teach them the importance of companions. You need to know your children's friends and monitor them. Mentor your children on how to choose the right kind of companions.



KRP said...

Love that column, Darlene. Yes, teaching children to make the right choices is so important, especially with all the pressure to conform. I know the difficult teenage years are still ahead for our son. Then (I guess) we will see if our guidance in his younger years will bear fruit. Keeping fingers crossed :)

DOakley said...

For us, too. But, I'm told even once they're out there, the "mothering" doesn't stop. We're in this for life!