Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thank You

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I really appreciated all your comments on my Other People's Kids post. What a difficult situation to be in. Being the assistant coach I really want to make sure every child enjoys playing soccer. I want the children to encourage each other and I want them to look forward to practicing and playing in the games. One child can ruin things for everyone. If this situation happens again I think I am a little better prepared to handle it. I guess I was just in shock with his behavior. So thank you again for supporting me.

Since all this happened I have been thinking about my role as Jacob's mother and what God wants me to teach him. The Bible has one main thing about what a child needs to do and that is to obey your parents.

As adults the Bible tells us many things to do and not to do but for children it only gives them one thing! One thing! Obviously, God wants us to teach them how to obey. From what I understand God wants us (the parents) to teach them (the children) to obey so that when they grow up into adults they will obey God.

This has definitely given me something to think about.

I know I can be lackadaisical regarding discipline but now I know how important it is. Jacob's job is to obey me because I obey the Lord and one day he will need to obey God too! (Does that make sense?)

Ephesians 6

1Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Colossians 3

20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Psalm 119

9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.

Proverbs 1

8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.

I know these verses will remind me that giving in to Jacob now might be easier in the moment but later on in life he will be grateful that I taught him to obey.


  1. This is a great post and I totally agree that our discipline should line up with what the Bible teaches. You need to go to www.jeanstockdale.typepad.com and read through some of her stuff. I go to her MOMS Bible studies and she is awesome. She is very encouraging.

  2. Totally agreed regarding teaching our children to obey and submit to authority. If they ever learn to obey us as parents, they may have a hard to submitting to God's authority, which is something that has eternal ramifications. I'm reading an awesome Christian book about gentle parenting and discipline that I really like so far. It's called Heartfelt Discipline. It's geared toward Jacob's age range, but I find it applicable in our stage of life, too.

  3. Delighted to meet you! Just found your blog via Joye lane and enjoying it. Your heart, your life, God's Word blessed me today.

    Hugs from this missionary mommy,
    Sarah Dawn

  4. Hi,
    I just stopped over from Splashin Glory, Sarah's wonderful blog. I think your blog is great. Your little boy is absolutely adorable. I love the picture in the title. I have a son named Jacob too. He is almost 15 months. I have a few other kids too but He is my youngest. I loved this post you wrote. And yes, I agree it is our job, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to teach our children to obey us. Sometimes it is not easy at all, even harder as they get older. But, God enables us as we depend on Him. It was so great to meet you. I would love to come back and visit again.
    Christy Rose

  5. You posted some wonderful verses. God is so faithful to help us in our parenting journey through His word! It isn't always east, but parenting God's way is definitly the best way! Thanks for the verse reminders. Sounds like a good Sink Verses post! :)

  6. Great verses on obedience!! I'm trying to teach my little man those verses right now. I want him to understand that it is important to obey his parents because God commands us to as well! I told him that mommy has to obey God too and he really liked that!! : )


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