Proverbs 22:17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge,
18 For it is pleasant if you keep them within you,
If all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the Lord,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 To make you know what is right and true,
That you may give true answers to those sent to you?
David speaks to Solomon, his son. No where else did Solomon get counsel more than from his father. It is therefore our duty to get from the great manual; the Bible nuggets to pass on to our children. Their ways will be prosperous and they will know what is true and right at all times.
You may say, “But the Bible language seems to difficult for my little ones.” Then I would advise you to get them a children’s version or to make your narrations and explanations to them winsome, you’ll be amazed.
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Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children 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.
Teaching our children the ways of the Lord is not a Sunday issue, nor is it for the Sunday school teachers. It is primarily for us; the parents and should be done always. There is never too much of the word of God; we need it every passing moment for in it contains a solution for every issue you may ever face.
Besides, as you feed them on this Word, they will repel the habits that you once hated to see in them. And on the contrary, teaching them His ways at a tender age doesn’t make them allergic to wholesome living; they actually do it in a healthy manner.
For long, we have been told by the world how to take care of our children. However, the viable way is no longer good enough, it ought to be the right way. I understand that change has never been easy, but we have to make a choice; a decision. Now is the time, to take back the reins and take care of our children His way.
We cannot sit and watch as generations devoid of the knowledge of their Creator continue to make decisions that are not right yet affect us all. But they cannot raise themselves up, we have to take a stand; we have to do something. It is now or never.
Join me as we discover from the manual (Bible) how to parent her children.
Timmy’s love for food was something I found to be so fascinating. How could it be that one held no reservations whatsoever for any kind of food? On my part, just the mere thought of some foods would get me nauseated but for Timmy, it drew a smile to his face or a rumbling tummy in anticipation. Well, since we mainly talked about African dishes, I thought that at least, that’s where he drew the line, only to be surprised by he’s acceptance when Singh invited him over for dinner at their home. Just the thought of the super spicy dishes, brought tears to my eyes while Timmy could hardly wait for the day.
However, I was rather left in stitches when Timmy narrated his experience when we met a day after the visit. “The food was so hot that I was left staring at the ceiling lest someone laughed at me,” he narrated, “At one point I was sure that the red sauce before me was made of pepper only.”
“At last, there is something that can tame Timmy’s appetite!” I thought to myself.
It was that time of the year that Milly wrapped presents and sent them all over the world to her scattered family and friends. It was a tradition she’d developed and one she wasn’t about to give up on despite it taking a toll on her, more so now that arthritis was gnawing at her bones. In a jiffy, or so you may say, Milly wrapped the last gift, ready to send them off to be delivered. Watching her, I wondered how after all these years, she kept up with the rigorous activity let alone remember the names of her recipients and their current residencies. That’s when I small machine that she used to scan sender addresses from the parcels she received from those she mailed each year. Oh, you have to give it up for her; her level of organization is amazing.
Jiffy, organize, delivery
Grandma loved her shiny jacket, so much so it seemed like her companion wherever she went. What was so funny was, despite the fact that over the years it had started looking rugged, she never let it go. All the shiny look had now transcended into something rather grainy. But for every ‘negative’ comment she received for her now horrible-old-looking jacket, she gave a willy-nilly look, before putting it on and matching out of the house.
Shiny, grainy, willy-nilly
It’s been such a strenuous year but that aside, a lot of good has happened in my life.
Though my blogging has been wanting, I believe it will get better this year,
All in all, may this year be filled with joy, peace, love and growth for us all. May we learn that the words we speak have power thus say them wisely.
May Jesus Christ be the epicentre of our lives and may we know that He alone is our identity.
Happy and prosperous 2018
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