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What We Owe Our Children

Here are some things we as parents owe our children:
1) Be there! Spend more ‘intentional’ time with your children. If your life’s ruled by a schedule and your children aren’t on it, do something – quickly! ‘Being there’ doesn’t mean watching television together for three hours. No, it’s being ’emotionally present,’ allowing them to see your fears and insecurities at times, even as they witness your delight and appreciation of them.

2) Learn from them! There’s so much our children have to teach us, about themselves, about ourselves, and about who God is. When we realize that we don’t have all the answers, we become open to allowing God to speak to us through our children. Such receptivity strengthens their faith in God, helps them to remain teachable, and keeps us young at heart.

3) Be their parent, not their friend! It’s vital, especially during the formative years, to maintain boundaries and set rules. Children need structure. It makes them secure. This includes things like 9 o’clock bedtimes in the early stages, moving the time back as they get older. Doing this helps them understand that age brings freedom, but not all at once, because freedom brings responsibility and they’re not as ready as they think for that responsibility. Don’t try to be your child’s best friend, looking for them to meet your emotional needs. Their shoulders aren’t strong enough to carry that load. Be confident in God and in who you are. Seek encouragement from healthier sources. Become the firm but gentle parent your children need.

Written by Tim Hetzner and used with permission.

How is Your Heart Today?

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Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Proverbs 4:23

We think of the heart as the centre of our emotions. But it is more; it is the origin of our desires, imaginations, motives and intentions. That is why God says, ‘Above all… guard your heart…it is the well-spring of life.’

So, how is your heart today? Do you get upset easily? Do you constantly compare and resent? When you hear gossip, do you silence it or spread it? What kind of thoughts do you entertain? Your answer depends on the state of your heart.

Only by going directly to the source and cleaning out the pipeline, can you get a pure product. We reverse things by trying to clean up the outside first. But it does not work! If a tree produced bad fruit you would not just treat the fruit, would you? No, you would treat the root! Likewise, it is not enough just to try and change your bad habits; you must go to the heart of the problem – which is the problem of the heart! The Psalmist realized this, so he prayed, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God’ (Psalm 51:10). Think maybe you should pray that too?

So – just how IS your Heart?  Think on it and use The Healing Codes to solve ANY issue of your heart.

This devotion used by permission with thanks to Tim Hetzner.