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May 4, 2016, 8:55 AM

May 4, 2016

“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.  When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.”  Proverbs 6:20-22

 

Things have changed very much in our society in the last several generations.  We are experiencing a time when dads and moms have limited roles in the lives of their children while the government desires a far more reaching impact.  God never intended it to be that way.  In fact, parents are to be the number one resource for their children.  We all grumble about the limited amount of time we have, yet have you ever noticed that we have time for the things we want to do?  Many children are being short-changed when it comes to parental involvement.  Family time is becoming very scarce.

The scripture passage above reminds us of the roles of parents and children.  Parents have the responsibility to love and teach their children.  One of the main responsibilities in teaching them is to make sure they understand a relationship with God by faith in Jesus.   Children are to cherish and obey their parents and realize the message of parents is for instruction and safety.  Yet, in order for this to really take place, parental instruction must be from the counsel of God.  As we look at our nation today, we see the devastating results when families are broken apart; when families seek guidance and understanding from sources other than God.  We yearn for revival to take place in our nation.  However, before we see revival take place in our nation, we must see revival take place in our homes.  Regardless of past or present circumstances in your life, you can experience revival in your home.  We’ve all made unwise decisions and only God can overcome those and bring appropriate change into our lives.

The emphasis in the scripture above is dad and mom being together and nurturing as a family unit. We clearly see that is not very often the case anymore in our society. However, regardless of circumstances, children need instruction from both parents.  We must also recognize single moms and, in many cases, single dads who are trying, as hard as possible, to provide all the needs of their children.  We, as the church, should recognize their struggle and lend support to them in all ways possible.  We must also remember that there are others who play a vital role in the lives of children.  It may be family members, friends, school teachers or church members who give important instruction. 

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this week, let us be made more aware of the God-given role that mothers play in the lives of their children.  To all mothers and to those who share invaluable insight to children, please know that we love and appreciate you so much.  Happy Mother’s Day!

We love you,

Brad and Virginia

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