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THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
9/28/2016 12:30:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

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I PRAYED FOR PATIENCE GOD GAVE ME CHILDREN

If you want to know what your child will be like in twenty years, look in the mirror.

 

 

My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son—Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness
(Hebrews 12:5b – 6, 1

 

Clop! Clop!


It wasn’t horses. It was my then two-year-old grandson clopping through the house in his father’s size twelve army boots. Andy loved shoes of all kinds, but he especially loved his father’s. Whenever he donned them, he became a two-foot soldier trekking after the enemy.
His father laughed. “Guess I should be careful where I take those boots.”


Like Mary’s little lamb, wherever we go, our children are sure to follow. Parents lead by example, and a child’s moral legacy will be influenced more by what the parent does than any other influence. Human services counselors call this “parent modeling.”

How can I be a model for my children when I can’t even parallel park?


If we want to know what we look like to our children, we need only listen to them at play. They mimic us with more accuracy than any actor. What do our children hear? Do they hear praise or gossip? Do they hear singing or screaming? Do they hear prayers or curses? Do they hear whining or confidence?


What do they see? Do they see self-control or anger? Do they see faith in action or anxious wanderings? Do they see generosity or miserliness?


Because we love God, we want to be more like Him.

He has given us His Son for an example. As we pattern our lives after God’s precepts, we will not be ashamed in our daily walk. We will want our children to follow in our steps. By daily Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with like-minded believers, we will mirror our Father. As we grow closer to God, our earthly walk will be more in tune with what we hope our children will pattern.


Our walk will testify to what we believe. Our speech will reflect what is in our hearts. The choice of where our children follow is up to us.

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