Ensure Your Arrows Will Fly Straight

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  1. jelillie says:

    Loved this! So true if we spend time “Raising our children in the way that they should go when they are old they will not depart from it!”

  2. cecile says:

    Well written…however, we must never forget that when our children walk in the fear of the Lord that it is all God’s grace. We certainly can’t congratulate ourselves if our children walk with the Lord but can only humbly thank and praise HIM. When people ‘congratulate’ parents after their children profess their faith, it makes me uneasy really….it’s not about us but about HIM.

    • Thanks for the comment Cecile. I avoid congratulating the parents at profession of faith or baptism as if they did a good job! I definitely agree with you that it is all God’s grace. We are called and obliged to raise our children in the fear of the Lord, and if we are able to do so this also is simply by the grace of God. Our Gracious Father has also promised that if we raise up our children to walk in His ways that they will not depart from it. Yes this is from God, and has nothing to do with man. I am not taking anything away from the the sovereignty or the design of God, however, far too often we fall into the trap of “cheap” grace and stumble into a lukewarm orthodoxy where we neglect our covenant obligations. We let the schools teach our kids about Jesus and his sacrifice and we neglect our own duty. I affirm that it is the solely the LORD who builds the house and I would certainly never congratulate myself if my kids walk in the fear of the Lord. However on the other hand, if I neglect my duties, if I do not teach them these things, if I am lazy and negligent in my discipline – then I am definitely to blame. That is why I focused this post on our role as parents under the guidance of the Lord. 🙂

  3. brenda says:

    Love this post!! such a great reminder for us as parents! your post are so encouraging. thanks so much ryan!

    • Thanks for the comment Brenda. Let us all lean on Him and ask for His guidance and the wisdom to raise up our kids in the fear of the LORD! Give Him the praise! 🙂