Monday, April 21, 2008

Parenting God's Way

My friend Amy (not to be confused with my cousin Amy M. who comments here sometimes or my other friend Amy Jane) asked me what parenting verses are my favorite. I have many but here's the first thing that came to mind:

Deuteronomy 6:
1: Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3: Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.8: And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9: And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Not a passage that usually springs to mind concerning parenting, I know. The reason I'm focusing on this so much recently is that verse 7 really spells out just what a job this godly parenting thing is going to be. Do you get the impression that God intended us to be teaching our children about Him, oh, I don't know, 24/7?

That's what I mean by radical. Not only are we to love God with all our heart, soul, and might, we are to model this love diligently to our children: when we sit, when we walk, when we lie down, when we rise up. In other words: All.The.Time.

This is one reason Prince Charming and I are so dedicated to homeschooling (I understand all my readers may not be and that's fine, I'm not telling you what to do...yet). We don't have to worry about fitting in "quality" or "quantity time" that the "experts" are always talking about. We've got both in spades.

Another thing I see here is God doesn't tell the Israelites, "Make sure their schoolteachers do this" or "Make sure their friends do this". Nope. It's parents. "Teach...thy children". What an awesome (in the original sense of the word) responsibility!

1 comment:

Amy said...

Well said! Thanks for sharing. :)

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