Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Nurturing our Children
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
Children are God’s precious gifts to us. We as parents have been given the greatest responsibility to nurture our children in Godly ways. Even though we name our children and give them our family name(s), we do not own them. We have to dedicate them back to God, so that God can use them to further His Kingdom here on earth.
In this day and age of moral corruption throughout the world, where the media is full of filth, immoral conditions in our schools, and thousands of temptations across the world where our previous generations never knew, it is only by God’s grace that our children can grow up in the fear of the Lord. We as parents need to be on our knees praying fervently for our children that Jesus be their light every step of the way. We need to train our children to know Christ and His grace. When they come know Christ intimately as their Lord and Savior and depend on Him completely, everything else will fall into place. Their behavior at home, school and in their community will change and they will live a life pleasing to Christ.
Take your children to Sunday school, have daily devotions with them, talk with them about the sermon in church, and most important pray together. What do we do when our children go astray? Keep praying. Get down on our knees and keep praying. God hears every word we say. He will answer our prayers. God is in control.
As parents, how is our walk with Christ? Do we walk with Him every day? Have we surrendered our life to Christ and have Him control it? We need to have an intimate relationship with Christ, give our life to Him and encourage our children to do the same. We must lead by example.
We read in 2 Timothy that Timothy’s mother was a woman of prayer and faith. Like most mothers, Eunice must have understood her own inadequacies as a parent and sought God as her counselor. Paul reminds us that even one parent or grandparent can have the greatest influence in their family life. Even though Timothy lived in a gentile home, he was blessed with faith because of the faith influence of his mother and grandmother. Timothy grew up to be one of the early ministers of the church alongside the apostle Paul.
Prayer: Loving God, give us the wisdom to seek Your ways so that our lives can be living examples for our children. Amen
Thought for the Day: Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it".
Liz Abraham, St. Thomas MTC, NY.
Theme of the week: Motherhood: Participation in God's plan