Friday, June 5, 2009

Loving Your Children God's Way; and God's calling from Titus 2 - Part 3 - A Devotional

This is Part 3 and I promise the final part to what I began two days ago... :O)

These final verses I share just because they are good tips for you ladies in your roles as wives and mothers...

These verses are just a wonderful reminder that His ways are not our ways, it's His ways we should follow, not our own thoughts, feelings or inclinations: (and Sisters - this is the hard part)!!

Proverbs 3:5&6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Proverbs 14:12, " There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Isaiah 55:7-9, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.' "

Be discreet when admonishing your children, Proverbs 11:22, "As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion." Get yourself a life size picture of that in your mind. A woman who is without discretion is as ridiculous as a swine with a gold ring in her snout. Not a pretty picture.

At the same time, we must be balanced in our approach. We cannot be so overly concerned with "embarrassing" our child, that we do not handle problems when it is necessary. Proverbs 27:5, "Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed."

Build! Build! Build! Be wise in the building up of your household. Proverbs 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. Don't spend your life tearing down your children and your husband, build up one another in love. Don't nag, point out faults, and discourage them, build, build, build!!!

Be loving and gentle and speak wisdom to your children and your husband. Proverbs 15:1-3, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good." and Proverbs 31:10; 26-27 "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness."

As for the particulars to your role as Christian wives, you will enjoy reading these further scriptures on your own - Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Peter 3:1-4; and Titus 2:3-5.

I hope you've enjoyed this series of posts, that they have ministered God's Word to your heart, and that they have been an encouragement to you in your roles as wives and mothers. And may God grant you the fruit of your hands as you work to please Him. Proverbs 31:30-31, "Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." They've been a fantastic "refresher" course for me.

In His Grace, and for His glory,


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