Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tools for life...

I liked to picture each one of my children having an empty tool box at the end of their bed, and every day I would be filling their toolboxes with tools they could use to live by.  

The way YOU handle YOUR relationships, primarily and most importantly YOUR MARRIAGE, is equipping your children! YOU are raising the next generation of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers! Are you going to be proud of your contribution? Is the marriage you are demonstrating to them and empowering them with one that contributes to a revived success in marriage, or will it contribute to the decay and erosion of marriage?

Philip. 4:9 (MsgB)
Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

What tools ARE YOU giving your children?   In the blog about marriage relationships, starting tomorrow I will be listing some of the most important "tools" you can live out and then pass on to your children!  Mark the marriage blog and tune in to find out the tools!

We are BUILDERS! The Bible says in Proverbs 14:1 that “Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her (VERY OWN!!! [added]) hands...”

A master builder knows a few things we can apply towards building our marriages:

1. The finished product will only be as good as the materials you use.
2. A trained eye will equip the builder to know which areas need to be focused on.

A good builder knows – is SURE – that there WILL BE PROBLEMS, but that is NOT a threat to his skills but a CHALLENGE.  

Challenge:  Are YOU being wise and BUILDING or are you destroying the good in your home with your own hands?!  What materials are you using to build?  Where do you need to focus today?  Are you challenged and able to handle the problems?  What tools are you putting into your child's toolbox?  Are you showing them how to handle disappointments, differences, frustrations, imperfections, and trials correctly?  Be more aware that you are spiritual leaders who are going to give account for leading your children and do it in a way that makes it easier for them to respect and obey you as a mature leader!

“Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either]”  (Heb 13:17-18 AMP)

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