Pro 22:6, 15 NKJV Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. … (15) Foolishness [is] bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Dear Son, when the Corona Virus hit we were blessed with a bumper crop of blackberries and we set out to make a pie. I dumped a bunch of cumin onto the berries thinking it was cinnamon. Fortunately I smelled my mistake before it went too far. We took a ton of time to wash all the cumin off the berried and replaced it with cinnamon.
Raising children can be like that. A lot of what we put in them comes out later. We always tried to sow good habits into your life. We taught you to read your bible, be present with God’s people in church, love others sacrificially, and so on. As you grow I hope that stuff continues to show up in your life and pray that it gets passed down to your children for generations.
However, there were somethings we didn’t want to come out of your life later that we addressed while you were young. We tried to wash you of your bad habits. Hopefully you can face life with a good attitude, you don’t chew your fingernails, pick your nose, or pass gas in public. There are other foolishness’s we’ve addressed while you were young.
I pray one day you look back with gratitude for where we trained you up right and where we drove foolishness away. I pray that as you raise your own children one day that you prepare them for life by challenging the foolish behaviors and showing them the way to go.
Father, thank you for the privilege of raising my children. I pray that we lay a solid foundation of dependence and trust on Jesus Christ that my children will follow after. I pray that you will guard them from foolishness. Give me wisdom to know how to honor you in parenting them. Thank you for your immense grace. In Jesus’ Name amen.
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