Daily Archives: August 16, 2013

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Do you lead with pleasant words?

Leading with love is not an optional performance package to go along with basic parenting. This is basic biblical parenting. God and his word are special, precious treasure. Nothing else that we possess can begin to compare in value to knowing God and his word. (Psalm 119:72; Proverbs 3:15) Thus, leading with love is a not a lofty goal that should you hope someday to possibly achieve. Rather it is a command of God. Stealing is not something that we hope one day to leave behind. You won’t find someone at church happily announcing to others that she is making real progress with learning not to steal; “why yesterday I only stole twice.” But when it comes to raising voices […]

Leading out of love or pushing from frustration

Are you, as a parent, dominated by love or frustration?  Leading is born out of love and pushing is born out of frustration. We tell our children that we demand obedience and speak sharply because we love them and only want the best for them. Most likely our children are not buying this explanation.  It feels to them as if they are being pushed into doing what mom and dad want.   Deuteronomy 6:5-7 addresses this issue.   First, you are to love God with every fiber of your being, with all that you have to offer as a human living and being sustained by the grace of God.   Second, the commands of God are to dominate your inner […]