RAISING CHILDREN TO LOVE GOD
old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) This is a familiar scripture but it too is losing its old,
he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) This is a familiar scripture but it too is losing its value of
instruction. I am biological mother of three children (one son, two daughters) and two
grandchildren (boy and girl). Does this qualify me to write on this subject? I’ll let you be the judge.
I must say that it was not easy raising three children. Although I was not a single parent but had a
strong male figure (my husband) to help me we still faced many challenges. We both were
raised in a Christian home but we were not Christians. Sure we sought the advice from our
mothers which sometimes caused conflict but when we gave our lives to the Lord and began to
use foundational instructions found in the bible on child rearing it began to make sense. Our son
was an exceptionally smart child (as was our daughters) and we saw leadership qualities in him
as a young boy. So what did we do? We encouraged it, we enhanced it and we made him aware
of it. He was taught that a good leader must also be a righteous leader. His first task as a leader
was to be a big brother and a good example to his two sisters. Not only did we see leadership
qualities in him but in his sisters as well. You encourage them, steer them in that direction,
practical application enhancement. After the girls were born we decided that I would become a full
time housewife. We could not afford day care costs at that time and it was cheaper for me to stay
home. Yet another challenge placed before us. Money was scarce but we trusted God. I found out
that my role as a stay-at-home mom was very important to my family. After accepting Jesus as my
Lord and Saviour I gave up all of the hours spent watching soap operas and began investing time
in my children. I prepared them for school. All of them could read, write and do arithmetic. We
would have morning devotions that consisted of marching through our apartment with voices lifted
would have morning devotions that consisted of marching through in songs of praise to Jesus
Christ, reading the bible and teaching them how to pray. They learned bible verses and the books
of the bible. They were actively involved in Sunday School and Children’s Church activities.
Although we did not have much, but yet they saw us reach out to others with a helping hand. They
saw me give my time to the care of the elderly that now reflects in others with a helping hand. They
saw me give my time to the care of the elderly that now reflects in their adulthood their care for the
elderly. Our children are not perfect, but our taking a stand for righteousness has swayed them
not to depart from the faith in Christ. Our son is a graduate (Religion/Chemistry) at Wake Forest
University, our older daughter is a graduate (Chemical Engineering) at N.C. State University, and
our younger daughter is a junior in college with the intent of pursuing her Ph.D. in Physical
Therapy. Godly advice to you as mothers (1) live a godly life before your children (Proverbs 20;7),
(2) do not spare the rod of correction (Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 29:17), (3) do not let the influence of
this society steer you away from the teachings of the bible concerning you as a parent. It is your
godly right to raise godly children.
concerning you as a parent. It is your godly right to raise godly children.
Minister Barbara Williams, Founder
Women In Touch Ministries
CHALLENGES FACING A BELIEVER IN THE WORKPLACE
Often times I am asked "How do you advance or receive recognition in the workplace without
conforming to worldly values?" Well, the response is simply to keep Jesus first. Being saved and
living the life of a Christian requires keeping the morals, values, and principles that are shared
with your brethren in Christ, even more-so in the office. Let’s face it, at least 33% or 8 out of 24
hours of the day are spent at the office. Therefore, our light must shine there as well as in other
walks in life.
In the bible tell servants to obey their masters not as menpleasers but as unto God. (Colossians
3:22) This is sometimes challenging for a non-believer and possibly a believer as well because
we see advancement in the workplace due to people compromising. However, as a Christian, we
are to be top performers on our jobs, not to receive recognition from man, but to please God.
When others observe the determination and dedication that you have at work without added
benefits, they begin to wonder: What does he/she have that I am missing. This is a perfect
opportunity for witnessing and sharing the love of Jesus.
I am fully aware there are many pressures on the job; like whether or not to drink alcoholic
beverages at group dinners, should you attend the Christmas party, or even participate in gossip.
My response would be to follow the Bible’s teachings. The Bible clearly states to be not drunk with
wine in excess, but with permission I would like to take it a step further and say do not drink
period in the presence of co-workers. Sure, you know that you aren’t drunk, but those who are a bit
intoxicated will only see an empty glass or an alcoholic beverage in your midst. Most people relate
alcohol to someone who is not serious. Therefore, to keep a Godly reputation in the workplace I
would say do not even have the appearance of drinking.
Let your light so shine before men, so that men may see your good works and glorify your Father,
which is in heaven. Therefore, don’t take your job just as an atmosphere to earn money to pay the
bills. However, use it to be an example to others of the grace and mercy of your Heavenly Father.
|The ASSEMBLY at Durham Christian Center