I remember having one of those conversations with my daughter that every mother dreads. In true fashion, my 10-year-old daughter plopped her feet onto the dashboard of our car and after looking her hairless legs over, proudly announced it was time for her to start shaving her legs. It didn’t take me long to decide that wasn’t going to happen.
After all, she still believes in Santa Claus. Then, it crossed my mind that if I let her start shaving, pretty soon, she’d want to get her belly button pierced and dye her hair purple. Then she’d start dating a boy with a motorcycle named Steve and start calling me by my first name. It was a train wreck waiting to happen.
Like usual, she gave a good argument, but the executive decision was made — she was not going to be shaving her legs anytime soon. It’s hard letting your kids grow up. We have to give our children enough independence to let them make their own choices, but keep them close enough to be there for them when they fail.
One thing you can be sure of is that while they are growing up, our hearts are growing a million times bigger along with them. We love them more with every roll of the eyes and “turn the music down” moments. We love them with messy hair and scraped knees. We love them with every breath and every heartbeat.
But, love by itself is not enough. It is our responsibility as parents to teach and train our children in the wisdom of the Lord. According to a recent study, only 4 percent of children who grow up in church will remain in church as adults. That means we have a big job ahead of us.
In Proverbs 22:6, it says “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death. When you choose to confess the Word of God over your children, you are choosing to speak life over them.”
2 Timothy 3:15 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Below are a few examples of Scriptures you can begin confessing over your children. Your children do not have to be present for you to declare His word into their lives. You can speak these verses anywhere. You can be sure God’s word will not return void and will accomplish what is set out to do.
Exodus 20:12 — “I thank You Father, that my children honor and obey me, therefore, they please the Lord and will live a long life.”
Psalm 112:2 — “My children are blessed and will be mighty in the land.”
Psalm 127:3 — “My children are a reward and gift from the Lord, and I will enjoy them.”
Psalm 138:8 — “My children will fulfill God’s will and purpose for their lives.”
Daniel 1:4 — “My children are children in whom there is no blemish, but they are well favored. They are skillful in wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understand science. They have the ability to stand in the King’s palace and teach others.”
Romans 12:2 — “My children are not being conformed to this world’s system, but they are constantly being transformed by the renewing of their mind, that they might know what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for their lives.”
1 Corinthians 6:18-19 — “My children will flee from all sexual immorality and impurity in thought, word or deed, and they will realize that their body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Timothy 4:12 — “My children are examples to others in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Follow Sarah Thompson, who is a social worker in the Enid area, at mysemi-dysfunctionallife.blogspot.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.