Thursday, November 29, 2012

Parenting from Proverbs 1

I realize I have had 9 months to get used to the idea of being a mother.
Still, it sometimes hits me all at once:
The responsibility
The potential
The seriousness
The joy
The privilege
of being a mother. 

More than anything, the responsibility of being a mom scares me! It's not something I take flippantly or with a "it will all work out" attitude. I realize that I will be responsible not just for the physical health of my sweet baby girl, but I am also responsible for her emotional and spiritual health!
The kind of woman she grows up to be has a lot to do with the kind of mother I am.
That's a huge responsibility!
I want to be intentional about being patient, loving, firm, selfless, encouraging, inspiring, and challenging to my daughter.

I have been studying the topic of parenting in Proverbs. What better place to find inspiration for parenting than from God's word right?

I hope to periodically share with you some of the verses I have found. Here is what I got from chapter one. It's amazing how much God has to say about raising children!

Teach your children to stand strong in the midst of temptation:
Proverbs 1: 10
"My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them."

Show them the potential destructiveness of their sin.
Proverbs 1:31-32
"They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

Teach them wisdom.
Proverbs 1:33
"But whoever listens to wisdom will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

 So much of our culture today teaches that we need to let our kids figure things out for themselves, that it's not necessary to teach them to stand up for what's right, show them the consequences of sin, or teach them to be wise. God's word teaches us the opposite. We need to be intentional about directing our children in the right path! They need guidance...and they are either going to get it from their parents...or from somewhere else.
I am very thankful for the Lord, His word and the wisdom that it has to offer even when it comes to being a parent!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


  1. This is a very encouraging post, I'm sure for new mommy's or for women who are expecting.I'd love to share this with my sister. She's having her first child in a few weeks and I know this will be a great encouragment to her. Thank you.

  2. I'm a believer in teaching kids in the home about God and letting them know that they are SO loved!

  3. Love this. I grew up in a non-christian home and am terrified that I won't raise my children "right". It's encouraging to see this and see that people still believe in wisdom-filled parenting :)

  4. Oh, Faith, I'm sure you'll be a fabulous mom, especially since you're already taking the time to study ways to be a better parent. Great tips--thanks!!

  5. Kaleigh is already blessed to have a mom that is displaying so much wisdom. As a grandfather I am proud to call you a friend and will enjoy watching her grow.

  6. You will be a wonderful mother to that sweet baby girl! The Bible is a MUCH better parenting book. :)

  7. Yes! I agree completely... You hear all the time, 'let them just be kids'. Well, letting a kid be someone who doesn't listen, doesn't know right from wrong, etc... is not helping them or anyone else.

  8. I love this, Faith! :) Thanks for sharing so much wisdom and truth.

  9. I found you through the Into the Word link up. I've been reading proverbs currently too. And it is so true how it guides how to parent. It's a super daunting task. Thank the Lord, that ultimately I am in His hand and so is my child. He's so much more trustworthy and faithful than me. all is grace.

  10. I'm going to be a new mom very soon in this week.. how grateful I am to find your wonderful blog,
    Full of insprations and blessing verses especially that encourage me in my waiting time of labor..

    Thank you Faith! I really enjoy n blessed while reading your blog (n_n)


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