Fierce Protection

By Monday, September 17, 2012 2 0

I used to observe Christian families raising their children with a sort of wonder at how they decide to walk the line between sheltering and protecting their children. Recently I encountered a situation that caused me to feel a deep sense of our need to protect Susanna’s opportunity to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. I still don’t know what that will look like in her life, and I plan to prayerfully take it one season at a time (maybe one day at a time), but I made a vow that I would do everything in my power to help her avoid situations that would confuse her or inhibit her ability to see Jesus as her friend, king and of course, Savior. I see now that we must saturate her early years with Jesus.

When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
(Proverbs 4:3-4 ESV)

These verses indicate that teaching your children to have wisdom, which is the thing that will carry them through life, starts very young. Solomon was “the only one in the sight of my mother” in a pre-birth control culture where a big family is normal and esteemed. In other words, Solomon was still a baby.

So now I have to ask myself – what does it look like to teach Susanna wisdom right now?

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  • Lenore Diviney

    I was JUST considering this very thing today.As a parent actions speak louder than words but that does not help me understand how to teach wisdom to a baby. = ) I found two proverbs in my daily reading that I want the kids to memorize. Proverbs 23:15-16 “My Child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.” my olders are at an age where they are beginning to blame others and make excuses for bad behavior. Also I am trying to teach them the principle of the fool/wise man. The fool says in his heart there is no god but the wise man fears the Lord. I want to foster a safe enough environment that the truth can be shared even if consequences are sure because it “will go well with them” when they honor and obey their parents. I am always happy when they tell me the truth even if I am not happy with their actions. In another sense I receive great joy when trinity talks about her relationship with Jesus. You will be amazed at how much they “get it” about fearing the Lord even at the tender age of 8. My heart sings when she chooses the right thin because she knows what Jesus would have her do. Here is the other proverb: Proverbs 23:17-18 “Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed”. what a powerful spiritual reality check for our little ones!

    • You are SUCH a blessing to me, Lenore! You inspire me to teach God’s word to my children and not to worry about anything else, which I am so very prone to do. I loved the post you wrote after reading this.