Raising Smart, Talented, Godly Kids

 

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:25 NIV).

It’s a proud parent moment when your child takes first place in a piano recital or brings home a trophy from a sporting event. Gifts and talents are a good thing and the Bible says they’ll “make room for you” (Proverbs 18:16), which means they’ll open doors of opportunity and blessing.

Raising Children

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Stand Up to the Biggest Bully of All

As parents, we want to protect our children, but there is one bully they are guaranteed to face and we need to train our children to stand up to them.

The Bible says that kids are a blessing from God, and Psalm 127:5 (NIV) says, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” My wife and I have six of them, so I am one blessed man! I’m thankful for each one of my kids, and I know that Denise’s and my job is to raise them to be a godly seed. We’re to train them in the Word of God and teach them from an early age who they are in Christ, what God says about them, what God says they can have, what God says they can do, and how they’re supposed to interact with others.

I want my kids to know they don’t have to live according to Murphy’s Law or live some sad, country song kind of life. They can live according to a higher law—God’s law of blessing—and have happy, successful, abundant lives.

 

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No “Whoops” About It

I once had a father introduce his three sons to me. He introduced the oldest and hugged him and said, “He’s a chip right off the old block.” Then he introduced his second son and said, “This is our second son. We’re kind of still working on him.”

Then he introduced his third son and said, “This is my third son. He’s an accident. We weren’t expecting him.”
Can you imagine the thoughts that must go through that third son’s head? Nobody planned for me. Nobody really wanted me. I just “happened.”

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