Don’t get bogged down trying to be the “perfect” parent.
Use these three steps (and principles from God’s Word) to become a better parent and a strong parent, not a “perfect” one.
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!
THE TAKE AWAY
Your child is going to do what you do, even more than do what you tell them to do, so if you want to start them out right in life, set the example of speaking God’s Word and seeking Him for wisdom.
Gain new confidence in your role as a parent and find out how to be the parent God has called you to be. This laugh-and-learn resource will help: Biblical Parenting 101.