Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Raising Children with Integrity. What does that mean?

It can mean, raising them and having integrity in the process OR... it can mean, raising children to have integrity.
the dictionary defines it as :
adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

This is INCREDIBLY hard. Number one as a parent to have consistancy.... let's just be honest here for a minute... IT IS HARD... not a one of us does it right every day all of the time. I am very thankful that i have the Lord to go to for forgivness when i mess it up. Without Him, the guilt would be overwhelming. Number two.... am i even doing this right? I think that all of us as parents have asked ourselves that on more than one occasion. Again i am grateful for the map that is laid out for me in the Bible. Proverbs is full of Godly wisdom that has not changed through the ages and doesn't change with the wind like the books on parenting you see on shelves.
It tells us how to train them and teach them... it tells us to do things in a certian way. Why? because if we do it will cause our children to ask us "why do we do that mommy?" and we can tell them it is because God tells us to, and we are supposed to be different from the rest of the world, because we are HIS people.

I am glad that i don't have to do this alone! I pray to God daily for the guidance to raise children that will honor and serve HIM, and do it with an integrity that will be molded by Christ's character, more than my own.

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