Train Up a Child

Isaiah 39:19

The living, the living, he thanks thee, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children thy faithfulness

Thought for the Day:  Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it

I have two little boys who are absolutely crazy about their Daddy.  The relationship I observe everyday is one of joy and laughter, and one of God lessons being taught.  Throughout the boys’ early years my husband, Mark, has been the faith leader in our family and has worked diligently to make sure our boys know who they are and Whose they are.  In their preschool days their five-minute drive included prayer time as well as a moment of learning scripture and other faith readings.  When you hear three and four year old children repeating prayers and scriptures it touches the heart and it is obvious that lessons about God and faith are being taught.  As the children have grown a little older, those lessons have stayed with them.  When new problems or situations arise, Mark brings the children to his side and reminds them of God’s love and helps them understand that God is with all of us in every step of the way.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  When I observe the father/son relationship Mark has with each of the boys this is the scripture that comes to mind.  Both of the boys are loving and kind, and although each has his own personality, it is obvious that they have been trained to love God.

Prayer:   God, thank you for fathers who love their children and instill in them your love.  It is amazing hearing Your words flow through these fathers as they teach their children about You and Your love for them.  Help us as parents remember everyday that Your story given to our children is the most special gift we can give them as they grow.  God, we love you.  Amen.





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