Continued….(Click here to begin at Part 1)

 I want to mention that there is another, critically important, part in training our children. That is discipleship of our children.  This, however, is a very deep subject, and it is an area in which I am still trying to learn and improve.  This may include sheltering our children from secular ways; sheltering from things that are counteracting our teachings.  There are many other resources available regarding discipleship and sheltering of our children’s hearts, and I encourage you to make use of them.  Educate yourself about all areas of child-rearing, using the Bible as the firm foundation by which all things are measured for truth.  

 Raising and training children is no easy task.  In fact, it will likely be the most intensive, most difficult thing you ever do.  You must continually evaluate your own attitude and training methods through introspection, Bible reading, and prayer.  This step alone can be a painful “pruning” process.  You must also continually evaluate the attitudes and behaviors of your children.  It is very easy to get your home running smoothly, and then fall into the trap of laziness.  This is a trap I find myself falling into far too often.  I get lazy about checking the childrens’ chores, enforcing rules, or even sticking to our schedule.  Yet, it never fails that when we have a day that our home falls into some sort of discord or chaos, when the children bicker, attitudes and tempers flair, and rooms get messy, it will also happen to be the day that I got lazy about my own duties and living by example. 

 “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14).  Our children are not born with the knowledge of and tendencies toward being Godly and responsible.  They must be taught, and then the teachings must be reinforced well into adulthood.  “Constant use” is the only way to train and enforce responsibility.  

 Finally, pray for your children every day.  Pray for them by name.  Pray for their hearts and souls.  Pray that they will develop a craving to learn about Christ and what he did/is doing for us.  Pray that your own goals for your children will be godly, and that they will not stray toward secular ideals.  Pray that you maintain the correct purpose in training your children, and that you don’t slip into training your children so that they (or you) will be pleasing to another individual or idea.  Just pray.  God will hear.  That is the greatest thing about this whole parenting thing.  We are not embarking on this journey alone.  God is there for us.   He is there to give us strength and wisdom, and he is there to fill in our weaker areas.  We just have to let Him!