Mike Emlet: The Bible tells us that before you help others with their sins, you have to face and repent of your own sins (Matthew 7:3-5). When your child throws a tantrum or hits a sibling in anger, she is … Continue reading
William P. Smith: Haven’t there been times when your child pushed all your buttons, and you said and did things that later bothered your conscience? Why is your conscience uneasy? Weren’t you just correcting your child’s bad behavior? You are … Continue reading
Lou Priolo: Perhaps the chief characteristic of the wise son spoken of in the book of Proverbs is that he “heeds his father’s instruction” (Prov. 13:1; cf. 1:8; 9:9, 19:20). On the other hand, the chief characteristic of the foolish … Continue reading
Jani Ortlund Tenderness and good deeds ought to begin at home with your husband and your children. What needs for love and kindness are they expressing to you? Are you making an effort to hear them? Are you sensitive to these … Continue reading
Louise B. Eavey The Little Boy Thou Gavest Me Dear Lord, I bring to Thee my son Whose tender years have scarce begun. In this wee frame I know full well A living soul has come to dwell Who needs … Continue reading
Lou Priolo: Certainly when a child sins against another individual he should be instructed to seek that person’s forgiveness and, if necessary, make whatever further restitution is required biblically. But in the final analysis, sin is primarily against a thrice … Continue reading
Nancy Leigh DeMoss It is possible to be in your home full time but not have a heart for your home, not to have a mother’s heart and a heart for supporting your husband. I know that we have listeners who … Continue reading
Tedd & Margy Tripp One of the most destructive aspects of ungodly discipline and correction is the lack of godly dialogue. God has wonderfully provided all the apparatus for meaningful communication with one another. Yet the most life shaping opportunities … Continue reading
Sally Michael Childhood provides us with an opportunity to establish for our children a habit of Bible reading or “devotional time.” Habits started in childhood can last a lifetime. Here are a few suggestions to consider in starting your children … Continue reading
Tedd & Margy Tripp Help your children delight in God. You may be thinking, “I wasn’t looking for heavy theology; I was looking for practical child rearing advice.” Remember this. Your children are not likely to grow into adults who … Continue reading
Elizabeth George Titus 2:4 goes on to say that Moms are to “love their children.” …Raising children is not easy. Every mom will say “Amen!” to that. You’ve got diapers, food preparation, sickness…and laundry galore! It’s never fun or a … Continue reading
Tedd & Margy Tripp Our goal in discipline is to reach the heart of our child. We don’t want to use consequences only to shape behavior. Behaviorism (behavior modification) is constraining and controlling behavior through a system of rewards and … Continue reading
Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson When God calls our children to come to him, even if we haven’t gotten it all right, even if we’ve trained little Pharisees or have a house full of prodigals, nothing is impossible for him. … Continue reading
Nancy Leigh DeMoss Parents don’t usually realize how much their example affects their children. Kids know what their parents’ standards are. They notice when their parents use language at home they’d never say in public. They notice when their parents … Continue reading
As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like to walk with God, as a mother.
God treats us with great kindness as we fail daily. He takes the long view of our sin—knowing that every time we fail and repent, we grow in our walk with Him. It is easy for us to accept this, because our sins are, well, ours.
But our children sin against us, annoy us, and mess up our stuff. we want to hold it against them, complain about them (if only to ourselves), and feel put upon by their sin. We have a much harder time accepting that every failure from them is a wonderful opportunity for repentance and growth and not an opportunity to exact penance.
About A Minute for Mommy…
Even though busy moms don’t have much time to read, we still need biblical encouragement as much anyone. That’s what A Minute for Mommy posts are all about, sharing Godly wisdom from solid teachers that you can read in right around a minute or less.