Guest Post – The Honor of Child Rearing Part 2

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The following is a guest post from Alan Smith who is among  other things, Assistant Missions Pastor and leader of the Single Parent’s Family Ministry at Springhouse Worship and Arts Center in Smyrna. Be sure to read more about him below and visit his Coffee Cup Ministries website here.

Last week in Part 1, I wrote about the fact that parenting is NOT us vs. them and the important differences between discipline and punishment.

I’ll pick up where I left off by saying that sadly, I made many mistakes in the learning process and punished when I should have been disciplining. As a father, I have prayed and asked the Lord as well as my children’s forgiveness.

And I believe by His grace He will cover those times and still produce a positive result in my children’s lives.

As I grew in the parenting stages of my life, I began to seek out older parents. Folks who’ve not only raised their children but also in the stage of grand parenting to find Godly counsel and advice on Scriptures to help encourage me in HOW to raise my children.

The Word

I leave you with just a few of these passages that have helped me these last 13 years of my parenting.

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.” – Deuteronomy 8:5

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law” – Psalm 94:12

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” – Heb. 12:6

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”– Heb. 12:6

Walking It Out

The key, as to everything, is finding out what the Word says, walking it out in balance and trusting and praying for the Lord’s guidance and direction in all things.

My prayer is that the Lord of peace guide you in all your ways as you seek to raise Godly young men and women who will follow hard after Him and bring Him honor and according to Proverbs 29:17 –

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.”

*all scriptures are from the ESV

About The Author

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Most days, you can find Alan Smith at Wherry Housing in Smyrna, TN. where he shows the love of Christ through acts of service as a partner with Community Servants. He is an ordained Pastor transitioning to full-time missions at home and abroad. He lives in Smyrna, TN with his wife Renee and their two children Jeremy and Chelsey where he gets to serve God and others every day!

Learn more about his Coffee Cup Ministry here.

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