Category: Motherhood

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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Tomorrow We Start! 30 Days of Child-Training Boot Camp for Busy, Busy Mamas!

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I’ve been so busy trying to get our house ready to put up for sale (we get the photos taken today and list it this week), that I’ve neglected to remind you of our new study that is going to start tomorrow, July1! This month we’re going to do something a little different. Instead of spending the whole month of July studying one chapter like we normally do (and like we will […]

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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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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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Training Young Children to Obey (Obedience, Part 4)

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Last week we considered what obedience looks like, and how our own example is an integral part of teaching our children. Today I want to look more closely at some tactics for teaching young children to obey. My children are still young (ages 1, 3, 4, and 6), and I’m thoroughly convinced that these early years are the prime time to be teaching obedience. (Next week, you’ll hear from my […]

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Beginning to Teach Obedience (Obedience, Part 3)

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We recently considered why it’s easy to let our children disobey, and why teaching obedience is important. You all raised so many good questions that we’ve decided to spend several more posts working through the practical elements of teaching our children to obey. Today I want to define what I mean by obedience and then consider the first “strategy” for teaching our children to obey. In upcoming posts, Mama and […]

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Why Learning to Obey is Good for Our Children (Obedience, Part 2)

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Last week, we looked at some ways we can easily allow our children to disobey. This sparked some good questions, which will be addressed in next week’s post. Before we talk about teaching obedience, it’s important to consider why obedience is so important. Here, as in many aspects of Christian parenting, we should look to the example of our Heavenly Father. Why does God ask us to obey Him? How […]

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