Intro to "Train up a child..."Prov 22:6

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Intro to "Train up a child..."Prov 22:6

{Home training depends far more on example than precepts; what we parents are, avails more than what we say.} ~ Murrey

The first few years of parenting for me, have been a sea of confusion and discouragement. i have read all the parenting books out there. (some good, some...not so much) One book says one thing, another book says another on how to be the best parent. Although i do believe parenting books can be helpful they are not necessarily the answer to parenting as a whole. The quest for how to parent ended for me when i felt i was not seeing results as the books promised. If i could not read and implement a concept then what was wrong with me. i started to cry out to the Lord for help.


i began to find real answers once i stopped asking "How should i parent" and started asking "What kind of parent am i? Am i a parent of character...am i disciplined yet loving, honest and faithful?" For i can not produce any character in my child that i do not live. This is the hard truth.The Lord is transforming me - parenting my children is becoming easier. For i am no longer trying to mold their lives to what i want in them to be. Rather i have come to the revaluation that parenting is simply a transferring of me to my child. Scary, yet true. Once i understood the impact of this, i began to get on my knees. So many things finally make sense. i did not realize i was missing the forest for the trees. You see, if God is my father...then i am being trained as well. Once i began to understand that if i am free, my parenting will look much the same. This freedom began to open my eyes to the areas in my life that hold me back. Therefore as i allow the Lord to train me - the Training of my children will be a result of obedience in ALL of us. And though i am the parent, i have come to the beautiful understanding that i am also a child of the King.

It is becoming more and more clear...the lessons i am learning as i "Train up my children" are, at times, of more importance and difficulty for me, then for my children. i am beginning to see what it means to be a pupil. Teaching of little cost, has little value. For i, first, must be teachable, obedient, loving toward my children and my heavenly father - for it is the surest way of having children teachable, obedient, and loving. The Lord has made it clear that the greatest influence i have on my children is in the life i portray in the standards i live. It is a tall order. Most days you will find me on my knees begging God to help me get it right. And though it is not easy, i am having so much fun learning along side my wonderful husband and kiddos! Yes, there are joys and pains as we parent...it is a comfort to know the Lord can be in them all!! We have so much we can learn from one another. This is a journey of us... parents, pupils, and children of God.

"Train me up Lord, in the way i should go...as i grow old help me not depart." ~ Mommy

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