When I had my first child, I began to read everything I could about parenting. The latest child-rearing book usually made it to my nightstand and I would scour the pages looking for the answers to my bazillion questions.
I would start some quirky feeding regimen or an odd discipline tactic and my husband would ask, “What are you reading now?”
I would show him my new book and run down the latest thing I had heard from Regis and Kathie Lee and he would just shake his head.
I knew the answers were out there somewhere…I just couldn’t find where. After a couple of years of this searching, baby number 2 came along and I didn’t have the time anymore to search in various a sundry places. Thank goodness for baby number 2!
I just thought I was busy with baby number 1. My searching for answers slowed down. Then came baby number 3.
I was thankful to make it through the day. My Bible reading became verses taped to my cabinet doors.
I believe now the answers are found quite simply in the Bible and the hearts and minds of wise Christians around me.
- Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
- Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.
- Have the same attitude as Christ Jesus, who humbled himself.
- Act justly.
- Love mercy.
- Walk humbly with your God.
- Talk about these with your children.
Straight forward and simple does not mean easy. Parenting is not easy. It is the hardest job I have ever had, but I am not in this alone. The creator of the universe is on my side.
It is so simple to understand, but so difficult to carry out. It’s a good thing that I have divine intervention. Only by the grace of God will I raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. His grace.
I am so thankful for his grace.