Train up a child ………………………

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

There are a plethora of books written today that expound seemingly fool-proof methods of rearing a child.  Granted, some of these literary works have a nugget of merit or two that would be a useful tool in parenting children.  Many fail to study the One book which sets forth the etched-in-stone, Divinely inspired instruction on rearing children.   THE BIBLE

Within the hallowed pages of the Holy Writ, God has set forth principles and precepts for parents to adhere when training their children to desire to follow in the paths of righteousness.  Notice the word ‘desire’.   Many a parent have suffered devastating agony over the waywardness of the beloved ‘bundle of joy’.   The Biblical principles were studied and applied but the end product was not what the Dad and Mom had hoped and prayed would engulf their child’s life.  What went wrong?  Are God’s promises in vain?  Not at all.!

The wickedness of this world and the free will of man is a fertile medium for Satan to use in counteracting the Biblical training of children.  Parents frequently find themselves in a spiritual battle with the god of this world over the souls of their children.  Only by seeking guidance and wisdom from the Heavenly Father can an earthly Dad have any  hope of rearing his child in the way of the Lord.   The one factor that seals the effort of Biblical training is unfortunately the will of the child.

Many are the stories of preachers kids who have succumbed to homosexuality, delved into pornography, or simply went the ‘way of the world’.   These kids memorized scripture, attended church faithfully, were active in youth work, but alas, their heart was far from the Lord.   What then, shall ye fret?  Shall ye wring your hands in anxious anticipation?  Not at all.   The Word encourages parents to ‘trust in the Lord with all of their heart and lean not unto their own understanding.  Those who rear children are commanded to obey the Word and leave the results up to the Lord

The word ‘those’ was used for a purpose.  There are many children being reared by their grandparents, Uncles and Aunts, or older siblings.  The following testimony is about a child that was for the most part of his childhood, reared by his Grandmother.  The Book of 2 Timothy chapter 1:5 can be an inspiration to all “GRANDmoms”  who God has given the joy of training their grandchild.  The following is a testimony of one such Grandma.

From his birth his grandmother ‘knew’ that God had a special purpose for him.  He was a preemie, weighing one kilogram.  His apgar score at birth was 8 and 9.  For those non medical people, this meant that he was in near perfect health.  What a miracle!  Totally unusual.  His childhood was to be tumultuous, born to  a single Mom, his only stable factor in his life was his Grandmother.  She would be he primary caregiver the most of his childhood.  This child would be subjected to emotional and verbal abuse from his “Christian” school teacher, ridiculed in front of his classmates and ‘written off’ by the school Principle and Superintendent, who was a Preacher.  Yet, his Grandmother had faith and trusted her God that this child would choose to follow the Lord.

God answered her prayer.  He young charge is now a grown man and fulfilling what he believes is his calling in life, serving in the United States Marine Corps.  The following is an except from a recent letter that she received.   May you be blessed as she was!

Dear Grandma,

……………….I am working hard, reading my Bible, and praying harder.  Recruit training has actually strengthened my faith.  I talk to the Chaplain, pray and sing with other recruits and atten church enthusiastically.

To God be the Glory, great things He hath done in the life of this child!


My Children’s Children – Ian

15067_4236816635758_472042188_nSometimes God gives us a gift that’s so special

This time it was a child who was born bi-racial

A perfect specimen, this little man at birth

The was not a cuter brown baby on this green earth

Could not help but love my little’ chocolate cheeks’

Even though his crying sounded more like shrieks

As for his teardrops, they were so large

Could have filled an ocean to float a barge

It did not take long for us to observe

that the size of his muscles would throw us a curve

Broad shoulders and solid, a tune to his build

Athletics, his penchant, would easily be fulfilled

Approaching manhood his life ere before him

His future ambitions get a hearty AMEN

His calling by God in addition to sports

Is to make hardened  criminals end up in the courts

So if you are bent on  a life of crime

do not underestimate this Grandson of mine

He may be good looking, built strong like an ox

Be warned; he is cunning, sly like a fox

His countenance is quiet, his actions subdued

His duty as a cop will not be eschewed

He’ll follow the law, be just and most fair

Mess with him, brother?  Best say a prayer

My Children’s Children – Luke

10394521_10152436519962440_8053384536570335725_nOh so tiny, a preemie at birth

More precious than gold, this child is worth

A healthy male newborn, God’s little man

Entered this world weighing one kilogram

A marvel indeed, used up calories to breathe

Being vented overnight gave him a welcome reprieve

From there he took off like a man with a mission

Received Grandma’s blood; improved his condition

Life was not easy, sometimes plain unfair

My Grandson’s a trooper, just wanted to share

He has overcome obstacles, hurt and pain

Reaping strong character is what he did gain

There’s more I could write, but you’ll understand

this miralce baby is now a grown man

????God has molded him into the guy we adore

Serving his Country in the United States Marine Corps.

His life has new meaning which he has taken in stride

Sharing life with Haley, his beautiful Bride

10421966_10204528805324575_1715238209599550732_nJust one more thing that I would like to say

Today he celebrates his 22nd Birthday!