Lesson 2- The Heart of a Child
Last week we were learning about the need for parents to get to a child’s heart. This week we talked about a home that helps to shape the child’s heart.
First of all, having a God-centered home and it means loving God first.
Second, following God’s plan for the family. Children are to be brought up and to leave their father and mother. The marriage is permanent; the parenting is temporary. God is the head of the family, husband is the head of wife, and two of them have authority over their children.
Therefore, children from a God-centered home would learn the joy of serving others, honor parents as authorities, esteem others more important than selves, know that they will not always get their way, suffer consequences for sinful behaviors, fulfill household duties, protect themselves from bad influences, etc.
Now I am getting to a stage to get myself prepared for the baby in many ways. To learn about giving birth, we attended the childbirth preparation class at IU Health Arnett Hospital. It helps us to know what to expect during the process of labor. To know how to take care of the baby’s physical needs, we will also go to the breastfeeding class and also the newborn basic class. The nurse is very kind and experienced. We really enjoyed the class and highly recommend it!
Most importantly, we are also getting prepared spiritually. We started the parenting class at Faith Baptist Church. It is all about a biblical approach to parenting.
First lesson was about the goal of parenting. One of the verses stood out to me was Psalm 127:3-5. ” Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. ” Children are like arrows so they should not stay in quiver, but are ment to hit the target. So what is the target then? Romans 8:28-29 ” And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn.” Thus, the target of biblical parenting is “bringing up the children to handle life in a Christ-like way.” Being Christ-like is having characteristics of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), and living a servant life.
The second lesson was about the heart of a child. Luke 6:45 “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from what which fills his heart.” When parenting, we usually correct children’s behaviors, attitudes and words. But God says it is all about what is in his heart/mind/motive/desire. So we need to get to his mind. What is his heart issue? When we try to correct his bad behaviors or attitude, it is not only about asking them to stop doing it, but also ask him to put on Christ-like characters. For example, when a child is being selfish, we have to ask him to share and think about others.
God’s wisdom is amazing, isn’t it? I am looking forward to learning more about it!
9/22我們開始在醫院上childbirth preparation class,
ok~ baby, mommy is getting ready 🙂
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