"The older women likewise, that they be
reverent in behavior,
not given to much wine,
teachers of good things --
that they admonish the young women
to love their husbands,
to love their children,
to be discreet,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
"Train up a child in the way he should,
and when he is old he will not depart from it."
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD your God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
I just love how God made each child so different from the last.
Each one has their own personalities.
Their own opinions.
Their own "tastes".
Their own abilities.
Their own gifts.
Their own sense of humor.
Their own style.
My Ahavah is very cautious. She is the little girl that dances and twirls around the house like a princess. She loves to tend to her baby doll nursing her, putting her down for a nap, making sure that I babysit her while Ahavah takes a bathroom break.
My Alecia is so goofy. She pulls her pants way up over her belly button and walks around the house grinning. She is brave and takes chances thinking things through later. She doesn't care much for the baby dolls, but loves electronics and matching games.
My Hayven is a snuggler. She longs to communicate through sign as well as talking. She wants to get up and run around with her sisters. But, there is no place she would rather be then in mom's arms sucking her thumb and looking into my eyes.
The most loving thing I can do for my children is to show them who Jesus is and how much He loves them.
Build Them Up.
Never Reject Them.
Let's talk about some real things here:
Do you take the time to walk your children through the repentance process? (What sin is, who the sin affects, how to reconcile with others and with God, verses to hold on to)
Do you walk them through arguments with other siblings? (How to do Matthew 18 with someone who sinned against you, how to handle hurt or pain or wrong being done against you, how to pray with others, how to "restore" your brother who is in sin)
Do you exemplify the things you teach?
Do you show self-control with your temper or do you resort to yelling at your kids when you're overwhelmed?
Another loving thing I can do for my children is to equip them to not be ruled by their fleshly nature.
If you have not read any of my posts on child training, I suggest you go back and look over a few of them.
Last night I was reading through some commentaries the following passage:
"Nevertheless she [woman] will be saved in childbearing if they
continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control."
1 Timothy 2:15
The word "saved" is the Greek word sozo which means "full orb of God's blessing."
Ladies, we were made to keep the home,
raise the children,
pour our everything into them!
This is where we will find our most joy!
The most blessing!
Not to say that some women are called to a life of singleness and serving the Lord,
but I am talking to the mothers of children.
Paul, who is writing this letter, himself was poured into by his mother or possibly grandmother.
The role of a mother is so crucial,
and so rewarding! :)
A great women's ministry, I believe,
is not simply studying theological things,
but focusing on how we can love our husbands and love our children.