Let’s have a serious conversation. There are a few things lately that have been weighing heavily on my heart and I know I’m not alone. Hard things. Things that can not..must not..be ignored. Times are dramatically changing. A brief scan of the newspaper often leaves me feeling dejected. Murders.. Shootings..Drugs…Bullying. The world I grew up in no longer exists and to be honest, it’s disheartening. Satan is waging a war on homes, churches, and even motherhood. He wants us to live in constant, gut wrenching fear. This is easily achieved by simply flipping on the news. The media amplifies bad news leaving us to wonder, “How do I raise wholesome children in an unwholesome society?”
God entrusted our children to us to teach them His ways. Still, we live in a sin filled world. Satan wants to use his resources to steal and destroy the minds and hearts of our children. For example, a recent story that has left me torn involved five teenage boys tossing a rock over an overpass. The concrete rock smashed through the window of a vehicle passing under killing a father that was only five minutes away from his home. What propelled these boys to do something so horrendous? Why did they think that this would be a fun game?! Several families have been torn apart by this tragedy and Satan is working overtime. As a parent, I know you are wondering..
So, how do we safeguard our children from the enemy?
Here are a few ways to help raise Godly children:
- Protect their minds. With the easy accessibility we have to media, there is pretty much no way around seeing or hearing bad news. Our duty is to monitor what our children are exposed to. Use parental controls on social media sites. Only allow movies that are a suitable rating. We live in visual world and our minds can easily be poisoned by the things we soak up on a daily basis.
- Establish a good home base. You hear it often said, “It starts at home.” This is true! Is your home a safe haven for your child? Is it a place they feel important and loved? Teach them Godly values and beliefs so when they leave the home they can stand firm on what they were taught.
- Pray. Pray for and with your kids. When children know about God and are more familiar with Him, they are more likely to follow His ways. I was chatting with a pastor recently and he told me, “You wouldn’t believe the number of children I come across that don’t know what the cross is.” Do a devotional. Say a prayer at bedtime. Make Christ a presence in your homes. Prayer should be as necessary as breathing.
- Stay busy. However, this does not mean to stay overly busy. Being involved in church, sports, and different activities leaves less time for idleness. Plan activities to do together as a family. The more you are available in your children’s lives the less likely they will be to seek other ways to fulfill needs.
Sometimes it’s easy to feel like “it’s me against the world” when it comes to raising wholesome children in an unwholesome society. But you’re not alone! There is still good in the world. I’m a seeker of all things that are positive, joyful, and shine light. The best way to raise good children is to be a good example, yourself! And always cling to the verse Psalm 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Have a great weekend! XOxO,