YOUR CHILD (Planting and harvesting)
Prov 22:15 ► Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Insight and Highlight There is a planting period we must not miss in the lives of our children if we are to harvest them as tender grapes. Songs 2:13 ► The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell...." Scripture Treasure Never trust your child too much for what He can or cannot do. When children are growing, there are various attitudes that grow up with them. They are not too young to be rude neither are they too old to be polite. Some of them pick up bad attitudes through what they watch, peer pressure, even parents' attitudes. Picking up wrong attitudes knows no age bounds. Do not underestimate their utterances, loose talks, complaints and take time to listen and respond to their feelings. As young as they are, they have minds of theirs. Most times, they know what they are doing: Proverbs 20:11 ► Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Many parents are too over defensive over their children thus losing the sense of correcting them. Some are too overprotective that they do not see a need for reprove, chasten or discipline their children. Listen to your children's teacher complaints over your child at school, children's church or as circumstances present themselves. Do not despise lodged complaints, treat as important and one to diligently pursue and investigate. Do not discard warnings or engage thoughts that enable you to care less of their wrong attitudes or taking any wrongful attitude as a common experience peculiar with children. Plant prayer and discipline into your child now they are young and tender. Do it now when they are bendable, teachable and correctable. If you do not start now, there will be a time your planting time will be over. Proverbs 22:6 ► Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Early childhood (birth to 8 years) is best planting season. Your child is unique, use the season to plant. At this stage, they look up to you for approval Essential to early training is love for God and His Church. Middle childhood (Eight to twelve). Follow up watching the child grow from early childhood training. Adolescence (twelve to eighteen years), they become very prone to peer pressures. What you achieve here is borne out of the foundation you had laid from early childhood stage. With God's help they will not depart from it. Remember, nothing is impossible with God. Remorse corner Correct them letting them know why they are being corrected or disciplined. Call to Word action Prayerfully keep watchful eyes over them We must be careful of the danger to our tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15 ► Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. The Christian clarion duty One way through which Christians have been tried is in raising children. To avoid raising ungodly children in Godly homes, you must mind your child, knowing their condemnation may condemn you, I Sam 2: 12, 17, 1 Sam 3:13 Prayer Lord, deliver our children from destruction. Help us as we train our children in the way of the Lord, let them not depart from it, in Jesus name. Good morning all and have a blessed day. God bless you.