Category: Encouragement

Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 6: Jesus

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments” (Proverbs 3:1). Obedience is a heart issue. The disobedience that we see outwardly in our children is simply the fruit of what is happening in their hearts, just like the blackberry bramble that keeps showing back up in our front yard shrubbery is simply the outgrowth of a blackberry root that we have never fully eradicated. We […]

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Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 5: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

It’s Sunday! Catch-up day! If you were unable to finish up a lesson over the past few days, today is your chance to do that! For those of you who want more, here’s an optional lesson. Optional assignment: Let’s look at some verses about hearing and obeying. Start by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your study time. Open Blue Letter Bible and search on the word hear. This will open a long list of […]

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Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 4: More on Obedience

We’ve begun to look at obedience. We’ve seen that we and our children are both supposed to obey God’s commands with all our hearts and souls. We’ve also looked briefly at the Greek word for obey that is used in Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20. We’ve seen that the Greek word is a combination of two other Greek words — hypo, which means by or under (like hypothermia), and akouo, which means to hear. (Did […]

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Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 3: Obey

We’ve looked at the foundation of our parenting efforts. We are to lay up God’s words in our hearts and souls. Earlier in Deuteronomy 11 we are also told to love the Lord our God and keep His commandments. Isn’t that what we want for our children — for them to love and obey God? Our example, not just our words, will teach them as we walk, sit, lie down, and […]

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Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 2: The Foundation

It’s easy to focus on what we can do to make our children behave better, or get along with each other better, or whine less, or help more around the house. But our first focus as parents should be on our own relationship with God and our own response to His Word and His commands. We’re discipling our children. One of the best ways we can teach them is with […]

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Thirty Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 1:

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Are you ready? Today we start our child-training “boot camp”! We’re going straight to God’s Word, because that is where we’re going to find the real answers to the challenges we face as we seek to raise children who love and obey God. I still remember the season when our first three children (all boys) were little and stretching my patience and “wisdom” (ha!) to their limits. God drove me into His […]

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Reaching the Heart of a Disobedient Child (Obedience, Part 7)

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Disobedience is a like a weed.  It’s like the wild morning glory that torments me all summer long. I pull a vine out of a bed of flowers, only to find it sneaking back again two days later. Besides poisoning it, the only way to actually beat it is to dig down into the soil and carefully pull out all of its long, ropey root. The root is the real […]

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The Blessing of Older Women

There were no older women in our church when I was a young mother. So I looked for my older women in the bookstore. I brought home Edith Schaeffer to hold my hand as I learned how to make a house into a home. She taught me about family, about prayer, and about teaching our children God’s law. When she met her Savior face-to-face a couple years ago, I still […]

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Obedience with Joy (Obedience, Part 5)

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We can’t change our children’s hearts and make them cheerful about obeying us, but we can certainly encourage cheerful obedience, and we can help our children see why they can obey with joy. We’ll talk about teaching older children to respect parental authority (as Daniel promised last week) in a future post, but for today let’s look at the attitude behind true obedience. We’ll look at 3 reasons for cheerful obedience, and 4 ways to encourage cheerful […]

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Thirty (Seven) Days in Isaiah 53 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 35: Praying

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After studying Isaiah 53 for the past month, we know a whole lot more about the passage and about the Suffering Servant than we used to know. How is this knowledge going to affect how we live our lives? That is what we’re going to think about today. Assignment: Pray, asking God to help you meditate on this passage and prayerfully consider how you will change in thoughts and action […]

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