Raising Children Right

This week my oldest granddaughter started back to “school”. Avery is only three and a half and the program she attends is a mother’s day out program at a Hays Hills Baptist Church but to Avery it is school. I called it preschool once and my error was pointed out to me. ”Oh no Pawpaw, it’s school…real school.” I was so proud of her at “real school” this week because she volunteered to be the prayer leader for her class. It is such a blessing to see her and her little sister learning about the love of the Lord and learning the importance of prayer. As I was reflecting on this blessing I thought of the Lord’s words in Deuteronomy 6:4-7:

Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

This instruction from the Lord to His people was not just an instruction to parents; it was a privilege and an obligation given to the entire community. Everyone was to participate. The same privilege and obligation applies to Christians today. We are called to be a people of faith who encourage one another, love one another and help one another grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. I am so grateful for the instruction and love my granddaughters are receiving from their parents, their church family and from other Christians in the community. Our God is so good!

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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