We all would like to think we are improving in every area of life. Parenting is no different. It’s important that we constantly grow and get better at the role God has called us to.
Here are a few steps to becoming a better parent:
1. Speak words of life (Proverbs 18:21).
As a parent, you have authority to speak words of life over your children and over yourself. Determine that no matter what situation arises you are going to both speak and do the Word. If you feel weak and inadequate, make yourself say what God’s Word says: “I am strong in the Lord!” (Joel 3:10) If your kids start acting crazy, speak the Word over them, “My children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of my children” (Isaiah 54:13 AMP).
2. Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5).
When faced with a parenting dilemma, ask God for wisdom. Expect Him to give you insight into the best way to handle that situation.
3. Remind God of His Word (Isaiah 43:26).
Talk to God and say, “Father, You told me to remind You of Your Word, so I’m reminding You of Psalms 112:1-2 (KJV, NLT). I agree with You and say that my children will be mighty on the earth. They’ll be a generation of godly kids who obey You and follow after You and because they do, they’ll be blessed and successful everywhere they go!”
As you remind God of His Word, His response will be, “That’s all I need for you to say, Son. You do your part, and I’ll do Mine.”
Stand firm on His Word and watch Him bring it to pass!
APPLYING THE WORD
When you do your part by taking action and applying God’s Word, then God will do His part and perform it (Isaiah 55:11). We see examples of this throughout the Bible.
Moses had to do his part at the Red Sea before God could do His part. Standing in front of the Red Sea with the Egyptians closing in behind them Moses’ probably thought, Oh, we’re in trouble now! But God said, “Hold up that stick, Moses, and I’ll part the water.” So Moses held up his rod, and God parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:16, 21, 22).
How about Joshua and the battle of Jericho?
The city was surrounded by a great, impenetrable wall. But God told Joshua, “Have the men walk around the city seven times and I’ll knock it down.” So they did and He did! (Joshua 6:1-20)
Find scriptures that you can apply to your and your children’s lives.
As you do your part, God will do His. You may be facing a parenting challenge, but in the midst of turmoil begin to apply God’s Word—speak it, ask for wisdom, and remind God of His Word.
There is no situation He can’t turn around! He will help you become the parent He intends for you to be!
THE TAKE AWAY
Becoming a good parent isn’t about being perfect, it’s about letting God’s Word transform you.
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