- Lorie Hedgepeth
Precepts & Promises For Parents
What a crazy mixed world we live in. Children are growing up in a world of violence, conflicting voices and ever changing views and values. The need for parents to be alert, intentional and relentless in teaching biblical truth is HUGE. You nor I, may have influence in Washington but, we do have influence in and through our home. Consider with me these precepts and promises for parents:
Parents Have A God Given Responsibility: The statutes and commandments of God are to be taught to our children (Deuteronomy 6:1-9). God’s Word is the eternal benchmark for morals, marriage and money. The absence of biblical truth in a home, results in children with no moral compass and values influenced by a world that has lost its way. Notice, God said we are not to just lightly and casually teach our children but, to teach them “diligently”. Why? Because the lives of our children are at stake.
Strong Families Can Be Established, Even In A Messed Up World. Proverbs 24:3-4 teaches us that the home is BUILT by wisdom, it is ESTABLISHED by understanding and the family is ENRICHED by knowledge. In other words.. it doesn’t just happen! Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge doesn’t come from what everyone else is doing. If you want what you see happening in the world then do what the world does. If you want what God’s Word promises, do what God’s Word says. Our children are starving for wisdom, understanding and knowledge that they can live by, marry by and do life by.
YOUR FAMILY Can Be Blessed! Regardless of how rough and rocky your marriage or family has been... it can be blessed. With God, it’s never too late to stop doing the wrong thing and start doing the right thing. Proverbs 3:33 says that God BLESSES the home of the just. Proverbs 14:26 says: “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence and our children will have a place of refuge.” How our children need a place of refuge today! Our home can be a wreck or a refuge....a place of comfort or chaos.... A place of peace or pain.... It’s up to us as parents.
As we approach Fathers Day, I am so thankful for my mom and dad and Sharon’s mom and dad who raised each of us in a Godly, loving home. Their parenting has had a multi-generational impact on our family.