Parenting isn’t a Burden, but a Blessing
Children are a gift from the Lord, and being a parent is a blessing and not a burden. “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.”— Psalm 127:3-5 (NKJV).
Nevertheless parenting entails responsibility that must be done with a purpose. The way we raise our children and the values we instill in them has a great impact on their development and becomes their pattern as they reach different stages of their lives. “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”– Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Children are different individuals, and so raising each child does require different talent and approach. They have different inclinations and interest, therefore we need to teach and guide them in choosing the right kind of stuff and activities that will not only satisfy their wants, but will instill quality Christian values and build a strong foundation of faith that will guide them to the right path that God has provided.
For instance, some little kids are fond of watching cartoons, let them watch Animated Bible Stories DVDs that they will surely enjoy and at the same time will teach them Christian values. Children have great admiration for superheroes so let them watch bible stories to meet the heroes of faith like Daniel, David, Abraham and Isaac, John The Baptist, Solomon,Ruth and Esther and many many more.
Some children love music, so choose the right kind of songs with lyrics that inspire and uplift. Music is very powerful and listening to it over and over again, the lyrics will register in their heads and become their affirmations. Some prefer to play, so give them toys and games that will help develop their learning skills and hone their creativity.
Other kids prefer to read books. Books like Bible Belles: Original Children’s Book Series is fun to read together. Your little kids, especially girls, will surely love the story of Rooney Cruz, the Bible Belle of modern time. Each book is beautifully illustrated your kids will really enjoy.
Other little kids want to simply cuddle in your arms and listen to your own stories. Let them hear your testimony about God’s goodness and faithfulness in your life. Let them witness your faith in your words and deeds which is the most powerful and effective way to instill faith in our children.
We are our children’s superhero, let us inspire, encourage and empower them. Let us draw our power and strength from God’s love. Let’s pray and learn the Bible together everyday. God bless!