Often when we see wrong behavior or attitudes in our children, we look at it as an interruption to what we are doing or trying to get done, and it aggravates us to have to stop and deal with that child’s actions or attitude. At that point, it’s easy to scold out of frustration, or tell them,”Stop arguing!”, “Don’t do that!”, or “Behave!” When we do that, we are letting an opportunity go by to point them to what God says about that behavior.
In the book, Passionate Parenting, author Cary Schmidt asks the question,
“If you had to quantify your parenting focus with following words, which two would be most accurate: Managing Behavior or Mentoring Hearts?”
“In the big picture, all discipline is about bringing our children into a right relationship with their Heavenly Father that He might bless their lives. It’s not about controlling behavior, modifying behavior, or minimizing embarrassment. Biblically correcting your child is one of the greatest ways to win their heart to you and to God forever.” (Passionate Parenting)
What an important truth to remember! The exciting thing is that God gave us His word as the tool we need to discipline in a way that will bring them into a right relationship with Him. Using Scripture is one of the most powerful way to correct and train our children’s hearts, because God’s Word has power that our words don’t have. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you about my new ebook that I just completed:
“Training and Correcting the Heart with Scripture”
This book is designed to make it simple for parents to use God’s Word for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Included is a Bible study of 21 character qualities, including the Bible commands concerning it, the negative consequences of it, and the positive consequences of following God’s way instead.
This is an excellent resource that will easily enable parents to use God’s Word for correction and training throughout each day, and make the most of those training/correcting opportunities when they arise!
For more info CLICK HERE.