By Johnny O. Trail — On I-24 going toward Clarksville between exits twenty-four and nineteen, there was an electric road sign that read “Rough Road Ahead.” This stretch of highway has been problematic for years. It continually washes out and needs constant patches and repairs. Suffice to say it is a very rough road—our vehicle’s suspension and tires can attest to that fact.
Would it not be nice if we had various road signs in our lives to warn of “Rough Roads Ahead”? In the lives of many, this would be a continual warning about situations they encounter down life’s pathway. What type of signs might one see in their travels? Of course, signs only work when they are read and heeded. Continue reading “Rough road ahead”
1. LOVE. Because of love parents have compassion for their children, Psalm 103.13. They know how to give good gifts to their children: “Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7.9-11. The apostle Paul speaks of a father’s love for his children. “As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children” 1 Thessalonians 2.11. Parents must learn to die to themselves, to extinguish their own selfishness, so that they might love their children with true love. Continue reading “5 gifts parents can give their children”
When a king neared the end of his life it was customary to designate who would succeed him. David was now an old man (1 Kings 1:1). He had yet to publicly state who would succeed him as king. His surviving oldest son was Adonijah, who expected to become the next king.
“Now Adonijah, son of David and Haggith, was promoting himself, boasting, ‘I will be king!’ He managed to acquire chariots and horsemen, as well as fifty men to serve as his royal guard. (Now his father had never corrected him by saying, ‘Why do you do such things?’ He was also very handsome and had been born right after Absalom. ) He collaborated with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they supported him” (1 Kings 1:5-7 NET). Continue reading “The need to be good parents”
Spiritually, we’re made in the image of God like everyone else (Genesis 1:27). Yet, we’re all individuals that are completely unique and no one else will ever be the same.
Our needs and desires stand alone and every parent must remember that unassailable fact. Continue reading “Parenting: One size never fits all”
God’s Word is consistently rapturous about children. We’re commanded to be like them (Matthew 18:2-6) and their presence in our lives is a blessing (Psalm 127:3-5). They can warm the frozen heart and cause the sun to shine. Continue reading “Children are precious, complex and fragile”
When a prisoner stands before the judge, he defends himself through his attorney. Even if found guilty, he knows he presented his case for innocence.
In our legal system, we’re innocent until proven guilty. We cherish this freedom and we’d do all within our power to retain that civil right. Sadly, too many children lack this privilege in their own homes. Continue reading “Parents, listen to testimony before judging”
Social worker and author Heather Forbes said: “The most important ‘nutrients’ our children need are unconditional love, acceptance and validation.” While she’s writing from a secular standpoint, her point is spiritually astute.
Children are fragile despite their insistence that they can handle whatever comes along. The scars of abuse and rejection that children all over the world endure is staggering. Continue reading “What our children must have in the home”
Alex Kershaw tells a story about failed leadership in his book, “Escape from the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew.” Continue reading “Faulty leadership helps the enemy”
In Luke 4:23, Jesus cited the Jewish proverb, “Physician, heal yourself,” (NKJV) which means, according to Albert Barnes, “Suppose that a man should attempt to heal another when he was himself diseased in the same manner.”
Christ wants us to be transformed by the gospel (Romans 12:1-2) so we can walk in holiness (Isaiah 35:8; 1 Peter 1:13-15). We can’t possibly hope to win the world unless we’ve adequately prepared ourselves in knowledge and righteousness (Proverbs 11:9).
As parents, we need to consider this carefully not only as Christians, but as parents in general because nothing in parenting comes naturally. We must do the hard work to become better people. Continue reading “Parents, heal yourself”
Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs a human being is asked to do and few, if any, receive any training. We must take it very seriously.
The ability to think clearly under stress is one of the greatest tools a parent can possess. We must maintain rational thought so we can make proper decisions. Otherwise, we’ll just move from crisis to crisis and miss the teaching part of parenting. Continue reading “Parents, what lies behind the behavior?”