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Solomon wrote, “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” Proverbs 6:20 (ESV).

 

Fathers play a very important role of helping shape the character, the very life and future of their children. A father’s devotion and commitment to God teaches his children to also love and serve the same God. When a father fails to live his faith he also teaches his children that spirituality and devotion to God are not that important.

 

Fathers are one of the most important spiritual influences a child has. His commitment to his family, his love and attention to his wife, his guidance and example to his children teach them about his faith, his character, and his hope for eternity. Fathers cannot underestimate the role they play in the eternal life and salvation of their children. And fathers cannot devalue how important their advice, their encouragement, and their patience are to their child’s life here on this earth and in preparation for life eternal.

 

Being the father that God called you to be is the most important role you will ever play!

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Storms can often be scary, especially for young children. And, the sound of the rain beating against the window panes or the sudden, loud clap of thunder can startle even older people. We look at each other for a sign of reassurance.

 

I can imagine what it must have been like when the water on the Sea of Galilee was rocking the boat in which Jesus and His disciples were. When a storm breaks and we’re home, at least we’re on solid ground, safe within the four walls and roof of our residence. But on a small boat, being rocked by the waves, the wind howling, the rain soaking them all, it must have been terrifying to all…except for Jesus. “He made the storm stop and the sea be quiet” Psalm 107:29 (CEV)

 

The storms of life can be scary too and today’s word -“Storm,” -reminds us that Jesus can calm the storms in our life. It is scary trying to navigate troubled waters, but Jesus never leaves us to traverse that ocean alone.

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Once you have children you understand the importance of making your house child-proof. That means that you put covers over electric outlets so they won’t stick their little fingers in the sockets and get hurt. That also means you put gates at the top and bottom of the stairs so they won’t fall down the steps and…get hurt. That means you roll up, cut off, or in some way make sure there are no chords, strings, ropes, or anything that could cause them to accidentally hang and choke themselves.

 

Child-proofing your home also means you lock chemicals such as cleaning products, medicine and anything they may ingest and die of poisoning.

 

We take all those precautions in order to ensure the kids’ safety and well-being. But, how do we protect them from emotional harm? Are we as careful with our words as we are with other possible dangers? “Your words spread poison like the bite of a cobra.” Psalm 58:4 (CEV)

 

Watch your words carefully. They will build and strengthen up your children, or will tear them down and destroy them like poison from a cobra.

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As parents we have been entrusted with a very special responsibility, one that we cannot delegate to others.  We are called to be the disciple-makers of our children. We have been called to guide, teach, and train our children to become fully engaged, fully devoted disciples of the Master, Jesus Christ.

 

The apostle Paul wrote, “Parents, don’t be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (CEV) The bible doesn’t tell parents to pay someone else to do this especial ministry; it is theirs to do. Granted, we can’t do it all alone. With the help of dedicated pastors and church school teachers, and by providing our children with a wholesome atmosphere, we can help them develop a strong relationship with Jesus. In fact, a forever friendship with Him.

 

Think about it. Education is important, extra curricular activities are helpful, many other things you will expose your children to may add to their lifetime experience, but nothing will replace your example of love and daily living.

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I remember holding our daughters right after their birth. We looked them over to make sure they were healthy. It was also the only time we didn’t worry when we heard them cry…hearing them cry was a sign that they had healthy lungs.

 

With time we watched them grow. They learned to walk and talk, they ran and played, they learned to read and went from one grade to the next until they graduated from high school, and then college, and masters and doctoral degrees. They learned to drive, got jobs, got married, bought cars and houses, and formed their own families. Those small, beautiful babies became beautiful grown women.

 

“The child Jesus grew. He became strong and wise, and God blessed him” Luke 2:40 (CEV).  I imagine Mary and Joseph watched Jesus with the same interest and pride that most parents watch as their own children grow.

 

In a healthy, children should eat the healthiest meals, hear words of love and encouragement, and study the bible and pray together. Encourage a lifetime of Growth in your family.

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Taking a child into your life, one who was your flesh and blood but rather one God chose for you, is one of the most loving actions from a parent to that child.

 

My supervisor told me once that he sat with his young daughter and told her “If there were a hundred kids lined up by a wall for me to choose from, and you were one of them, I would still choose you.” Adopted children, like biological children, need to be assured daily of their parents’ love.

 

God set the pattern and taught about this loving relationship.  Paul wrote, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT2)

 

I like the fact that adoption was not a sudden decision or an afterthought in God’s part, like it isn’t for today’s adoptive parents.

 

What a blessing it is for adoptive parents to remember that God also adopted you and loved you with an everlasting love!

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Most every family begins when a couples declares their lifetime commitment to each other and to God on their wedding day. They have no idea what their life together will be like, if they will have children or not, or how long life will last. But they can trust that “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, CEV).

 

God was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.  Nothing catches Him by surprise, and He knows how to carry us safely to the successful end.

 

Every good thing, every relationship, and every family has a beginning. And every one of these has an end too. Much of what determines the end is what happens at the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the relationship.

 

Commit yourself and your relationship to God, follow Him as you begin your life together, and trust Him as He carries you safely from the beginning all the way to the end.

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Read more: http://marripedia.org/effects.of.single.parents.on.financial.stability

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Stand in line at any coffee shop, and you’ll hear evidence of picky eating across all ages — from ordering “extra hot” to adding three sugars to half-decaf … or any number of combinations. Like their parents, little ones have picky tendencies, too! That’s why picky eating has become the most common food-related concern among parents.

 

Read more:  http://www.today.com/parents/10-ways-handle-picky-eater-save-your-sanity-t86481?cid=eml_tes_20160416

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Could Fathers Be Key to Preventing Bullying?

by Anna Sutherland | @annams59

  • Parents’ behavior and example influence children’s likelihood of bullying.
  • Indirect evidence suggests good dads might be key to preventing kids from becoming bullies.

 

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http://family-studies.org/could-fathers-be-key-to-preventing-bullying/?utm_source=IFS+Main+List&utm_campaign=72a0715501-Newsletter_95&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c06b05f1ff-72a0715501-104541745

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