Thursday, February 9, 2012

Provide Those Resources . . . Wise Words for Moms

When it comes to equipping, encouraging and supporting parents, one of the most important things we can do is provide, or at least point out, resources which will help parents know how to effectively raise their children so they know and walk with God. There are many, many resources out there - some are better than others, so today I'm going to share a resource with you so you can share it with the parents in your ministry.
Wise Words for Moms
Author - Ginger Plowman
Publisher - Shepherd Press

Favorite Features -
  • this resource is presented in a "chart" format which makes it very easy for moms - and dads, and grandparents, and teachers - to refer to it and makes it very usable
  • the chart identifies a child's behavior - such as disobeying, tattling, worry, bad friendships, complaining, etc -  provides "heart probing" questions and then "Reproof" (put off) and "Encouragement" (put on) from Scriptures
  • very usable!
As the author says, "This chart was designed for the purpose of aiding you in using the Scriptures to drive out the foolishness 'bound up in the heart of a child' (Proverbs 22:15)" She also says, "It is not a parent's right to judge the thoughts and motives of their children. Wise parents will teach their children how to search and evaluate their own hearts for sinful motives. By asking your child a few well thought out questions, you can assist him in pulling out the foolishness which is bound up in his heart."

I appreciate how the author reminds parents, "It is not enough to use Scriptures to rebuke wrong behavior. Rebuking wrong behavior without teaching right behavior will exasperate your children. Teach your children how to 'put off' sinful behavior and how to 'put on' righteous behavior." Far too often, parents tell their children about the wrong things they are doing, but they do not take the time to point them to Scripture and help them learn to evaluate their choices in light of God's Word so they learn what to do in place of what they should not do. This chart is an extremely valuable tool and will help parents learn how to ask probing questions and point children to God's Word!

You could use this resource in a parenting class - put parents in groups and have one of them be the "child" who misbehaves. Have the others identify their misbehavior then use the chart to talk with the "child"! If they practice using the chart in a class, they will be much more comfortable, and likely, to use it at home!

And as the author says, "Remember: wise words are to be spoken with a loving heart and a gentle voice. 'If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.' Galatians 6:1a"

I highly recommend this tool . . . please check it out and get it in the hands of the parents in your ministry!

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