The Message
I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life # to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
Exalt the LORD Our God and Worship!
Food for the Soul
Feeding Our Soul with God's Word
Rejoice with Dance! David, danced before the LORD with all his might... 2 Samuel 6:14
We Will Serve the Lord.
Giving Praise to Our Father for He's Worthy To Be Praised
Praises His Name with Songs! Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth, Psalm 98:4
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. –– Proverbs 22.6
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers ––– not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be... –– 1 Peter 5:2

Raise Your Children with the Right "Stuff"

Raising a child is a difficult task for parents. Parents are given that responsibility. Frequently we hear the proverb, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it," which means giving children verbal encouragement and teachings, as well as disciplining them, when necessary. Children are to be taught the "facts of life" and this does not mean only the biological aspects.

Although the book of Proverb continuously refers to a father-son relationship, it applies to daughters, and mothers too. One role of a mother is to encourage the children to listen to the father's advice. Fathers are to teach children to fear the Lord. The phrase "fear the Lord" does not mean fright or terror. It means "a good relationship with God," based on reverence and respect for Him and His commands.

Fathers should teach their children to refrain from being enticed by those whose intent to do wrong. Teach them to keep the commandments of God in their hearts. Teach them to use sound judgement and discernment, for these teachings will help them to shun evil.

Fathers are to teach their children to seek wisdom from God and accept his advice. Proverb 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight." When children recognize that God is the ultimate provider, the source of wisdom, they will go to him for all things.

The Lord disciplines us by allowing us to suffer the consequences of our actions. Fathers are to discipline their children, too. When this occurs, children are not to hold resentment. Children are to believe that because parent love them, discipline measures are used to help them pay closer attention to their father's instructions.

While writing about father-children relationships and knowing that Father's Day is approaching, I am reminded of a story titled "Rock Removal."

One day a little boy was spending the morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The lad dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With no little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy and the rock was very huge.) When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he found that he couldn't roll it up and over the little wall. Determined, the little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, shoved-but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy's father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said, "Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available?" Defeated, the boy sobbed back, "But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had!"  "No son," corrected the father kindly. "You didn't use all the strength you had. You didn't ask me." With that the father reached down, picked up the rock, and removed it from the sandbox.

Sound familiar? We all have rocks to move. We can and we need to go directly to our Father to get the job done! We have a Father and he is there for us whenever we need him. All we have to do is ask. This is true for all fathers, mothers, and children. We want to encourage Christian fathers to continue to "stand" and have a Happy Father's Day.

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