Blessed and Praised

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I know this is a day late but I just want to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the mothers out there. I hope y’all and enjoyed your special day!

This verse was mentioned in church last night and as I sat there , it dawned on me that I’m in the position to fulfill both parts of the verse! I’m blessed to be a child of an awesome mother and I can definitely praise my wife as she is a wonderful mother to our girls!

I am thankful for my mom. She did so much for myself and my brother and sister while we were growing up. Even though we are grown and out of the house, I know that she still wants the best for us and would do anything for us if she could. I’m blessed now because of everything my mother did for me when I was a child.

For my wife, I have nothing but praise for her. She is an amazing mother to our girls! She will put their needs and wants before her’s! My wife will sacrifice everything to make sure her family has enough. I can’t say enough to praise her, but I know I’m so thankful for her and everything she does for us!

To all the mothers out there, thank you for all that you do. You play a part in more than just your own children’s lives. There are mom’s out there who cared about me throughout certain times in my life and they played a huge part in where I am today and for that I’m thankful!

Happy Mother’s Day! (Even if it’s a day late)

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When You Obey, Your Children Will

Today’s blog is something that God spoke to me about yesterday in Sunday School. I want to be a better parent to my children and the best way to do that is to be a better husband for my wife. I have been married for almost 5 years and a parent for 4 years and I still have a lot to learn in these areas of life. I hope that today, I can be a blessing to parents in showing them what God showed me in getting children to obey.

Parenting is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

And I still have a long way to go!

Parenting is also one of the greatest and best things I have ever done in life.

And I hope I can enjoy every minute of it.

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With that being said, probably my biggest prayer for my children is that they accept Christ as their Saviour at a young age. That they would know and understand what it means to be saved. My oldest, who is only 4, is starting to understand the difference between Heaven and Hell. She knows that if you aren’t saved, then you will go to Hell. Pray for her that as she learns and understands she would accept Christ as her Saviour.

After praying for my girls to accept Christ, I follow that up with the prayer that they would grow up loving and serving God. I want my girls to know and experience the joys and blessings of living a life that is pleasing to God. I want to establish their own beliefs and standards and convictions so that one day when they are out of my house, I don’t have to worry about if they are living for God or not.

As a parent, I know what I want for my children. I have to be the one who leads them, guides them and teaches them the way that they should go. I have to be one that makes sure that the church and the school we attend line up with what I believe. We are blessed that we attend a church that backs up what we are teaching at home and vice versa.

As my children grow up, I want them to learn to obey. I want them to obey the Word of God, myself and my wife, the authority that they find themselves under throughout life. Yes, I can teach them what they are supposed to do and things of that nature, but the Bible has some instruction for the parents in helping accomplish this.

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:18-20

I don’t want my children to obey me, just because I am their dad, I want them to obey because it is well pleasing unto the Lord. This thought has changed my outlook on what I expect from my girls. I want them to obey me and mommy. I want them to do right and listen to what we tell them. Not because it makes us happy, which it does, but because it pleases God. If we can train our children with this mindset, it will change how we do things…at least it is for me.

Looking at the above verses, I notice the order of how God listed the members of a family. He started with the wives. He told the wives to submit. I know we live in a society of women empowerment and all that, but at the end of the day, the Bible does say that in Titus 2:5 that young women should be keepers at home. Which I am thankful that I have been blessed with a job that I can provide for the family so my wife can stay home and raise my daughters. But God did say that wives need to submit to their own husbands. And then He follows it up with the phrase, “..as it is fit in their Lord.” I shouldn’t expect my wife to submit unto me if I am not submitting unto the Lord. As the head, the leader of the house, I have to do my part in following the Lord and obeying His Word, before I can expect anyone else in my family to do the same.

The next verse tells the husbands to love their wives. Whether my wife submits or not, I should love her. I think that is why God added the phrase, “…and be not bitter against them.” God is telling us to love our wives, and if they don’t submit, still love them. We shouldn’t be bitter against our wives for anything. We should love and take care of them the best we can. We need to show them support and care. They are the weaker vessel, we should be their shield to hide behind, their sword to fight the battles, their anchor in the storms of life! Husbands are to love! We aren’t to be lords or masters over our wives, we need to be lovers and helpers to them.

Then the last verse that I gave, speaks to the children. It is telling them to obey as it is well pleasing to the Lord. I believe God is a God of order and everything He says and does has a purpose behind it. I believe that God put these three verses in this order for a purpose. What God is teaching here is that we can’t expect our children to obey if the wives aren’t submitting and the husbands aren’t loving. If I really want my children to obey, than I as a husband need to do a better job loving my wife. If I really want my children to obey, than I have to be the leader than I need to be so that my wife has no issue submitting.

So parents, don’t be surprised if your child grows up and has a hard time obeying, especially if wives you have had a hard time submitting and husbands have had a hard time loving.

Wives submit to your husbands.

Husbands love your wives.

Then you will see children who obey.

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Arm Yourselves

Arm Yourselves.

A phrase that as soon as most people hear it, they think of grabbing a weapon or something and being ready for a fight of some sort.

The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

In Sunday School yesterday, we read a verse in the Bible that had this phrase in it. Since then, I have been thinking about it quite a bit.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

This verse tells us to arm ourselves with the same mind, the mind of Christ. We see in this verse that Christ suffered in the flesh; yet, while in the flesh, he ceased from sin or he did no sin.

We, as humans, are born sinners. There is no other way around that fact. We have to be taught how to be good. We have to be taught how to do right. I don’t have to teach my children how to lie, steal, disobey, throw fits, misbehave…they already are experts at that. I do have to teach them how to tell the truth, not steal, obey, be level headed, and do right.

Because sin just comes so naturally to us, we have to arm ourselves. We have to protect ourselves, we have to strengthen ourselves, we have to be ready for action when sin is presented. We are in a constant spiritual battle everyday between right and wrong, good and evil. Many times, Christians go to battle unprepared, unarmed and they lose and they fall. We have everything we need in the Word of God to arm ourselves and fight against sin.

I like reading and studying about the armor of God found in Ephesians 6. In that chapter, we only see one thing that we can use to fight with. Yes, there is a whole list of pieces of armor to put on for protection, but only weapon. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17 Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 4:4 says “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus was tempted by Satan in this chapter, this story is the only temptation of Jesus we see in the Bible. To combat Satan and this temptation Jesus used Scripture. We can make a long study out of the mind of Christ and what we should arm ourselves with, but simply we need to think like Christ and use Scripture to fight sin. This is why we are commanded to use it in Ephesians 6:17.

Trying to live the Christian life without the Bible is like trying drive a car without fuel (or power for all the electric cars out there) you just can’t. You don’t see soldiers going into battle with flip-flops and a beach towel, no, they are geared up, they are armed with weapons, they are ready to fight.

We need to arm ourselves with the Word of God, everything in there is what God wants you to know. There is instruction on how to live right and how to avoid sin. If we use the Word of God to fight against sin with, you will sin less.

As a parent, I find it crucial to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. Not because I decide something is right or something is wrong, but because the Bible says it. At some point my children will have to arm themselves with the Word of God and fight against sin, because daddy and mommy won’t be there to help them. I want my kids to know what the Bible says about lying, about stealing, about disobeying. I want them to know what the Bible says about having a walk with God, going soulwinning, attending church. I want them to know what the Bible says, believe what the Bible says, so that one day they can fight their own battles against sin.

Have you armed yourself today with the Word of God? Are you ready to fight sin and temptation today? Are you going to defeat sin today or are you going to be defeated by sin today? It is your choice if you arm yourself. No one is going to make you arm yourself today. Pick up the Word, read the Word, practice the Word, arm yourself with the Word!

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