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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

1 Thessalonians 2:11 {Teachable Tuesday}

"For you know that we dealt with each of you as a Father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory." 
~1 Thessalonians 2:11

This scripture is giving us an example of how to *gently* deal with our brothers and sisters. But I see something even more valuable - a glimpse into the Godly view of a parent. How does a father deal with his child? By encouraging, comforting and urging them to live for God. Not by manipulating. Not by judging. Not by ridiculing. 

The Message says it like this - 
"With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well before God, who called us into his own kingdom, into this delightful life."

I love the picture painted here. Holding the child's hand - loving physical touch. Whispering encouragement - gentle words of affirmation. Showing you step-by-step - setting fair expectations and leading by example.

I want to remember these words today. I want to slow down and take the time to speak life over my children...to comfort their bodies, encourage their hearts and lead their souls always closer to Jesus. 

Teachable {Mom}ent for the day:
Don't get caught up in the latest parenting fad or style - look to the One who created you and your children for parenting techniques that are perfect for your family!

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