As before I will type up the questions for todays homework first and then under that put in my answers. The free work book that I pulled all this from can be found at : http://www.parentingministry.org/component/content/article/14-main-menu/150-parenting-is-a-ministry-video
- Today in the video we reviewed Deuteronomy 6:1-6 and Luke 6:46-49. In your own words, briefly summarize what these verses mean.
- What are the ingredients of a strong foundation?(hint – there are 3 mentioned in the video)
- Review the Scriptures that discuss why suffering is part of our journey as a parent: 1 Peter 4:16, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 127:1, and 2 Peter 1:1-4. Write out your prayer to the Lord and ask Him to help you to accept His plan in these difficult times. Also write out your commitment to look to Him daily for the grace to love and serve your children according to His will.
1. Deuteronomy 6:1-6 talks about how we are to not only obey the words of the Lord but to also teach them to our children and that when we listen to the Lord and pass on what he tells us to our young ones He will be faithful to bless us.
Luke 6:46-49 tells us that in order for us to have a strong foundation that will withstand the trials of this life we need to come to the Lord, listen to Him and obey the things He tells us to do. If we don’t do those things we will never have a foundation strong enough to hold us up when the storms of life come against us.
2. Come to Him – accepting Jesus as our savior, Hear His sayings – abide in a relationship with Him and obey Him – apply His word in our lives
3. Lord, Thank You so much that Your mercies are new every morning!! There are so many mistakes that I have made in my short time as a mother and I am so grateful that You are willing to not give up on me and to continue to perfect the work You have started in me. Thank You that Your word is all-sufficient and has an answer for every problem that we face. I am very aware of my lack when it comes to being a good parent. There is still so much that I need to learn and so much inside of me that needs to be changed or fixed. I pray that You would help me to continue to recognize when I am lacking and when I do things that dishonor You or are not edifying to my daughter or others. Help me to become the mother and woman of God that you have called me to be. I know that I can not make these changes in myself but that You can as long as I am willing to trust You. Thank you for the trials that You have given me and for giving me a daughter that is a perfect match to what you want to change and develop in me.
I am going to list the questions first for those of you that are wanting to follow along but don’t have the time/means to print the work book out on your own. Then I will list my answers as an example or something for you to think about as you come up with your own answers for those of you that don’t have the time to sit down and write them out on your own.
- Write out in your own words how seeing your role as a minister changes your perspective as a parent.
- How does being a minister affect you as a father and mother (if married) when it comes to how to handle the raising of your children?
- What are God’s purposes for parents? (hint – there were 4 mentioned in my notes)
- Make a list of non-glorifying behaviors that God is revealing in you through the trials and/or difficulties in raising your children. Example: impatience, resentfulness, etc.
- If married, discuss these things as a couple, then together take them to the Lord. Ask for His forgiveness and for the ability to take responsibility every time these things are manifested through you. Ask for the faith to trust His way in bringing about your transformation. REMEMBER: there is no growth or transformation taking place if you do not ask for forgiveness…every time.
Worksheet found at: www.parentingministry.org
- I already knew that being a godly parent was a ministry/responsibility given by the Lord. It was, however, very encouraging to hear my beliefs being confirmed by not only someone wiser and more experienced than myself but also to be able to see it in the Bible as well. My new verse of the week – Genesis 18:19 -(God speaking about Abraham) “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”
- Being aware that the Lord is holding me accountable for my actions towards raising my daughter puts more importance to my daily choices, it motivates me to do my work well so that when the Lord looks at what I have done He will be pleased with not only me but my daughter as well.
- Our transformation, God’s glorification, to love our children and to train our children.
- YIKES! Here comes some honesty folks! Putting selfish expectations on others, poor anger management (stuff, stuff, stuff – EXPLODE!!), lack of self-discipline.
Love, thank You for helping me find this bible study and giving me the means to share it with others. Thank You for the work You are going to do in me through this study. I pray for any one that takes this ten-day challenge – I pray that You would help them to remember the things they learn in Your word and be able to apply it in their lives. I pray a special blessing over them and their families, that You would pour out Your love and Holy Spirit on them and give them the strength to allow transformation to take place in their hearts and homes. I lift this list of mine up to You and ask for Your forgiveness. Please help me to recognize and take responsibility every time I allow these things to be present in my life and in my relationship with my daughter. I especially ask that You help me to put realistic expectations on my daughter and not my selfish ones. Help me to have patience with her and to remember that she is, in fact, only 3. Help me to trust You and allow You to transform me.
I believe very strongly that being a good parent to E.v.e. (and any future children) is my first and possibly most important mission that I will ever have from the Lord. It is an amazing responsibility to raise up our children in the way they should go and instill in their little hearts and minds the important truths, skills and lessons that will shape them into the Godly men and women the Lord has called them to be.
I challenge all of my friends and family – whether you have children now or plan to have them in the future – to join me over the next ten days as I walk through a study on what it means to consider Parenting a Ministry. You can either download the FREE work book here: http://www.parentingministry.org/component/content/article/14-main-menu/150-parenting-is-a-ministry-video or just follow along as I post my notes each day. I think you would get the most out of it if you did the work yourself however. 😉 Each day consists of about a 30 minute video also found at the link above as well as some scripture reading, questions and note taking.
I am excited to start my journey towards being a better minister to my child and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the study as well!! It would make my day to know who all was joining in this challenge. Please leave a comment either here or on facebook letting me know you are with me on this 10 day journey! Also, please feel free to post comments under my following posts on the subject telling me things that you agree/disagree with or things that you found particularly helpful! 🙂