Wisdom & Parenting

Since I was a child I've sought after the wisdom of God. Not just the gaining of human knowledge but true Godly wisdom. I'm not really sure what stirred it in me exactly other than the Holy Spirit of course. In regard to the topic of wisdom, I find the Proverbs as well as some of the Psalms to be overwhelmingly nourishing. Consequently, I've spent a lot of time recently in Proverbs, grouping them by topic (i.e. Controlling anger, obedience, contentiousness, and humility to name a few) all for the purpose of teaching them to and using them for training my children. (The Proverbs are rich in parenting advice!) There are many valuable life lessons that will save them much trouble and heartache and guide them down the right path if they will only heed them. My children are in much need of guidance as all children are but I've had the unfortunate (or maybe fortunate) revelation to my own pride as a child, growing up with a fiercly independent mind. I often didn't want to hear instruction although many times I eventually heeded it. Hindsight is truly 20/20. So as I've poured over the Proverbs in search of lessons to throw at my own children, I think I can sum up what I've gleened with a few select verses in this order: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…" - Proverbs 1:7 "For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding… " - Proverbs 2:6 "When wisdom enters your heart and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you to deliver you from the way of evil… " - Proverbs 2:10-12a "Whoever listens to me [Wisdom] will dwell safely and will be secure, without fear of evil…" - Proverbs 1:33 Now, given this synopsis I think we can all see why the writer came to this conclusion later, "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid." - Proverbs 12:1 Oh how many times I've been stupid! I can read many of the Proverbs and recount times that I did and didn't use wisdom and the conclusions are always the same. The times I followed the way of wisdom I usually avoided some kind of trouble or embarrassment and the times I didn't were the opposite. From here on out I want to be able to recall from memory as many Proverbs as I can. And I want to instill them in my children in an effort to raise them to be Godly adults who hear the rebukes of life so they will forever abide among the wise and continue to gain understanding. (Proverbs 15:31-32) and above all else I want them to fear the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7-8) I'd love to know your thoughts on the Proverbs, parenting and wisdom. Please comment in the comment section below or send an email to piercepointchurch@gmail.com

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