From the Mouth of a Child

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who
were seated as much as they wanted” [John 6:11, NIV].

Do you ever feel like you slipped up as a parent? I think we all have those moments. Moments where we know we failed. In my early years as a parent of my first child, my own child brought me to my knees.

I was blessed to grow up in a home with Christian parents. Because my dad was not saved until I was in my teens, the responsibility for my Christian upbringing was basically left up to my mom in the early years. We did not just go to church, Mama taught us about Jesus. She taught us to live by God’s rules to protect us from evil. She expected us to have good moral values. Profanity was not allowed in our home. I was corrected if I said, “Oh my gosh.” Mama taught us to pray each night. Although I am sorry to say, as a family, we did not always pray before meals. Later after I had my first child, while she was still small, she asked me why we did not pray together before our meals, but when we had company we prayed before we ate. If I could have crawled under the table, I would have. Ever since that day, we as a family have blessed our food. 

As I write this, I realize how true it is that what you are taught bleeds over into your own family. My advice to my children is to try to improve on what you were taught. Read, pray, and study the Bible and live by its principles. Remember when children are young, stuff them with the knowledge of God. 

We are all sinners. None of us are perfect, and yes we will slip up and make mistakes as parents, but by the grace of God we are forgiven. Thank you Lord for salvation. Remember your child is watching you and will pattern after your example. Life is short. Make your moments count. 

—Brenda, Paris Landing, TN

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