7 Days Co-parenting With God: a Bible-based Devotional on Raising Children in Partnership With the Lord
Co-Parenting with God: Seeking Wisdom and Guidance from the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6)
As parents, we often want to do everything we can to provide for and protect our children. We want to make sure that they are happy, healthy, and well-adjusted. We also want to ensure that they grow up to be responsible, respectful, and successful adults.
But parenting is not always easy. It can be filled with challenges, setbacks, and difficult decisions. That is why it is so important to seek wisdom and guidance from the Lord as we navigate the ups and downs of parenting.
Proverbs 3:5–6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This passage encourages us to trust in God and to rely on his wisdom and guidance in all aspects of life, including parenting.
These verses encourage us to trust in God and not rely on our understanding. It can be easy to try to figure things out on our own and to rely on our wisdom and understanding. But ultimately, it is God who knows what is best for us and what the right path for us to take is. So, we are encouraged to submit to him and trust that he will guide us and lead us down the path that is best for us.
It is also important to note that this trust and submission to God should come from all of our hearts. This means that it should not be a half-hearted or superficial trust, but a deep and genuine trust that is rooted in our relationship with God.
As parents, it can be easy to rely on our understanding and try to figure things out on our own. But ultimately, it is God who knows what is best for our children and what the right path for them to take is. So, it is important to trust in him and submit to his will as we parent our children.
Here are a few ways that we can practice godly parenting based on Proverbs 3:5–6:
1. Pray for wisdom and guidance. As we face challenges and difficult decisions as parents, it is important to turn to God in prayer. Ask him to give you wisdom and guidance as you navigate these situations. Remember that he cares about your children and wants what is best for them.
2. Seek counsel from others. While it is important to trust in God and rely on his wisdom, it can also be helpful to seek counsel from others. This could be a pastor, a mentor, or a trusted friend or family member. These individuals can offer valuable perspective and guidance as you parent your children.
3. Read and meditate on God's Word. The Bible is filled with wisdom and guidance for all aspects of life, including parenting. Spend time reading and meditating on passages that speak to your specific needs and challenges as a parent. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through his Word and to give you insight and direction.
4. Model trust in God for your children. As you trust in God and submit to his will as a parent, you can also model this for your children. Show them what it looks like to trust in God and rely on his wisdom and guidance in all aspects of life.
5. Seek to honor and glorify God in your parenting. As you parent your children, seek to honor and glorify God in all that you do. This may involve setting boundaries, teaching biblical values, and modeling a godly lifestyle for your children.
Godly parenting is not always easy, but with trust in God and a reliance on his wisdom and guidance, we can navigate it with grace and love.
Thank you for entrusting me with the precious gift of children. I pray for wisdom and guidance as I parent them. Help me to trust in you and submit to your will in all things. Give me grace and patience as I navigate the challenges of parenting, and help me to honor and glorify you in all that I do. I pray that my children will grow up to know and love you and that they will seek your wisdom and guidance in all aspects of their lives.
In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
Training Up a Child: Teaching and Modeling God's Ways (Proverbs 22:6)
Proverbs 22:6 states, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it." This verse encourages parents to intentionally teach and model godly behavior for their children. It suggests that the values and behaviors we teach our children will stick with them throughout their lives, even when they are grown.
As parents, it's important to remember that we are responsible for the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of our children. We should pray for wisdom and guidance as we seek to train them in the way they should go.
One way to do this is to spend quality time with our children, talking with them about their lives and interests, and listening to their thoughts and feelings. This helps to build a strong relationship and creates opportunities to teach and model godly behavior.
We should also use teachable moments to help our children understand and apply biblical truths to their lives. For example, if our child is struggling with anger, we can use a situation where they got upset to teach them about forgiveness and self-control.
In addition to teaching our children, it's also important to set a good example for them by living out our faith consistently and intentionally. Children learn more from what they see than what they hear, so it's important to model the behaviors and attitudes we want our children to emulate.
Finally, we should encourage our children to develop their relationship with God. We can encourage them to read the Bible, pray, and participate in church activities.
Training a child in the way they should go is a lifelong process, but it's worth the effort. As Proverbs 22:6 reminds us, even when our children are old, they will not depart from the values and behaviors we have taught them.
Thank you for entrusting us with the responsibility of raising our children. We pray that you will give us wisdom and guidance as we seek to train them in the way they should go. Help us to be intentional in teaching and modeling godly behavior, and give us the strength and patience to persevere through the challenges that come with parenting.
We pray that You will work in the hearts and minds of our children, shaping their values and beliefs according to Your will. We trust that even when they are old, they will not depart from the truths we have taught them.
Thank you for your faithfulness and love. We pray that our children will grow to know and love you deeply and that they will serve you faithfully throughout their lives.
In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.
Loving and Nurturing: Building Strong Relationships with Our Children (Ephesians 6:4)
Ephesians 6:4 says, ``Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." This verse encourages us to be patient and loving with our children and to actively teach and model godly behavior.
As parents, it is our responsibility to raise our children in a way that is pleasing to God. This involves not only teaching and modeling godly behavior but also being mindful of our actions and attitudes. When we exasperate or frustrate our children, we hinder their ability to learn and grow in their faith. We have the opportunity to shape the hearts and minds of our children and to guide them in the ways of the Lord. This is a weighty responsibility, and it requires patience, consistency, and love.
One of the key aspects of this verse is the idea of not exasperating our children. This means avoiding actions or attitudes that might cause them frustration or anger. It's easy to become frustrated with our children, especially when they are not behaving as we would like, but it's important to remember that they are still learning and growing. As parents, we can model patience and grace for them, even in difficult situations.
Instead of exasperating our children, we are called to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. This involves actively teaching and modeling godly behavior, as well as providing opportunities for our children to learn about and grow in their faith. It also means setting boundaries and expectations that reflect biblical principles and holding our children accountable to these standards.
One way we can do this is by creating a home environment that is conducive to spiritual growth. This might involve having regular family devotions or prayer times or setting aside time for Bible study and discussion. It's also important to involve our children in church activities and encourage them to develop their relationship with God.
Another aspect of bringing our children up in the training and instruction of the Lord is the way we discipline them. Discipline should be lovingly and consistently applied, to help our children learn and grow in their faith. It's important to remember that discipline is not about punishment but about teaching and guiding our children in the right direction.
One way we can build strong relationships with our children is by showing them love and affection. This means taking the time to express our love through our words and actions. It also means being there for them when they need us and being willing to listen and offer support and guidance.
Another way to build strong relationships with our children is by being present and engaged with them. This means setting aside time to spend together, whether it's through activities like reading or playing or simply having conversations about their lives and interests. It's also important to listen actively and show interest in what our children have to say, and be open and honest with them about our thoughts and feelings.
In addition to showing love and being present with our children, it's important to nurture their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This means providing for their basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing, as well as attending to their emotional well-being and helping them to develop their faith. It also means setting boundaries and providing structure and guidance to help them grow and learn.
As we strive to build strong relationships with our children, it's important to remember that it's a process that takes time and effort. It's not always easy, but the rewards of a close and loving relationship with our children are worth it. And as we seek to fulfill our responsibilities as parents, it's important to remember that we are not alone. We can turn to God for guidance and strength, and we can also seek support and encouragement from other believers.
Training a child in the way they should go is a lifelong process, but it's worth the effort. As Ephesians 6:4 reminds us, our actions and attitudes as parents have a significant impact on our children's spiritual growth. May we strive to honor and respect our children and to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Thank you for entrusting us with the responsibility of raising our children. We pray that you would give us wisdom and guidance as we seek to honor and respect them and to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Help us to be mindful of our actions and attitudes and to avoid exasperating or frustrating our children. Give us the strength and patience to persevere through the challenges that come with parenting and the wisdom to know how to teach and model godly behavior for our children.
We pray that You will work in the hearts and minds of our children, shaping their values and beliefs according to Your will. We trust that even when they are old, they will not depart from the truths we have taught them. We pray that you will help us nurture the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our children and provide them with the structure and guidance they need to grow and learn.
We know that building strong relationships with our children is not always easy, and so we turn to you for strength and patience. Help us to trust in your faithfulness and love and to seek support and encouragement from other believers as we navigate the challenges of parenting.
In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.
Correcting and Discipline: Helping Our Children Grow in Righteousness (Proverbs 13:24)
Proverbs 13:24 tells us that "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." This verse reminds us of the importance of discipline in helping our children grow in righteousness.
This verse is often used to support the idea that physical punishment is necessary for raising well-behaved children. However, it's important to note that this verse should not be taken out of context or used to justify abusive behavior.
The word "rod" in this verse can be understood to refer to discipline in general, not just physical punishment. In the context of the book of Proverbs, the "rod" is often used as a symbol of correction or discipline. The verse is saying that discipline is necessary for raising children who will grow up to be responsible and successful adults. It also suggests that a lack of discipline shows a lack of love for one's children.
But what does this mean in practice? How do we show our love for our children through discipline?
One key aspect of loving discipline is to approach it with a heart of compassion and understanding, rather than anger or resentment. This means taking the time to understand the underlying causes of a child's misbehavior and finding ways to help them learn and grow from their mistakes. It also means being patient, consistent, and fair in your discipline, and showing your child that you are committed to helping them become the best person they can be.
There are many effective ways to discipline children that do not involve physical punishment. These may include setting clear boundaries and consequences, using time-outs or removal of privileges, and using positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. It's important to find what works best for your child and your family and to be willing to adapt your approach as your child grows and develops.
Another important aspect of loving discipline is to model the behavior we want to see in our children. If we want our children to be kind, respectful, and responsible, we need to show them what that looks like through our actions. This means being mindful of the way we speak to and about others and setting a positive example for our children to follow.
Finally, it's important to remember that discipline is not just about correcting misbehavior. It's also about teaching our children about righteousness and helping them develop self-control and self-discipline. This means taking the time to teach our children about right and wrong and helping them learn how to make good choices for themselves. It also means modeling the behavior we want to see in our children and showing them the love and grace of Jesus through our actions.
As we strive to help our children grow in righteousness through discipline, let's bring our concerns and challenges to God in prayer.
Thank you for entrusting us with the precious gift of our children. Help us to approach discipline with love and compassion, and to set clear boundaries and consequences that will help our children grow in righteousness. Give us the wisdom and patience we need to guide our children in the right direction and help us to model the behavior we want to see in them. We pray that our children will grow to love and follow you and that they will experience the fullness of your love and grace in their lives. We pray all of this
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Trusting in God's Plans: Parenting with Confidence and Faith (Jeremiah 29:11)
Jeremiah 29:11 is a powerful reminder of God's love and care for us, and it can be a source of great encouragement and hope as we navigate the challenges we face even in parenting. This verse reads, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
As parents, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. We want the best for our children, and we want to do everything we can to help them grow and thrive. But it can be hard to know exactly what that looks like, and it's natural to worry about making mistakes or getting things wrong.
This verse provides us with confidence and faith as we navigate the challenges and joys of parenting. It reminds us that God has a specific plan and purpose for our children's lives, and that this plan is for the welfare of our children, for their good and not of harm, a plan to give them a future and a hope.
This doesn't mean that life will always be easy or that we won't face challenges as parents. But it does mean that we can trust in God's goodness and love, and that he is working for our good and the good of our children.
So how can we parent with confidence and faith, knowing that God has a plan for us?
First, it means trusting in God's plan for our children's lives. No matter what challenges or difficulties they may face, we can be assured that God is working for their good and that he has a purpose for them. This gives us hope and confidence as we seek to guide and support our children.
Second, it means seeking God's will for our children's lives. While God's plan for our children may not always be clear or easy to discern, we can seek his guidance and direction through prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking the counsel of godly friends and mentors. As we seek God's will for our children, we can trust that he will lead them in the path that leads to their good and hope.
Third, it means striving to live in accordance with God's will as a family. This may mean making difficult or unpopular decisions, or stepping out in faith even when we don't know exactly where it will lead. But as we seek to align our family with God's will, we can be confident that he is working in and through us to bring about his good purposes.
As we seek to parent with confidence and faith in God's plan for our children, let's bring our concerns, fears, and hopes to him in prayer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for entrusting us with the precious gift of our children. Thank you for your promise in Jeremiah 29:11 that you have a plan for them, a plan for their welfare and not to harm them, a plan to give them hope and a future. Help us to trust in your plan for their lives, to seek your will for their lives, and to live in accordance with your will as a family.
Give us the wisdom, patience, and strength we need to guide and support our children, and to model for them the love and grace of Jesus.
We pray that our children would grow to love and follow you, and that they would experience the fullness of your love and grace in their lives. We pray all of this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Praying for Our Children: Covering Them with God's Protection and Blessings (1 Peter 5:7)
1 Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." This verse offers a powerful reminder of the love and care that God has for us, and encourages us to bring our worries and anxieties to Him.
At times, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the struggles and challenges that we face in life. We may worry about our finances, our relationships, our health, or any number of other things. These anxieties can weigh heavily on us and drain us of joy and peace.
But as Christians, we have the wonderful promise of 1 Peter 5:7 to hold onto. We are reminded that God cares for us deeply and wants to help us carry our burdens. He invites us to come to Him with all of our worries and anxieties and to trust that He will take care of us.
This verse also reminds us of the importance of surrendering our worries to God. Instead of trying to handle everything on our own, we can bring our concerns to Him and trust in His goodness and wisdom. This does not mean that our problems will magically disappear, but it does mean that we can find peace and strength in God's presence, even amid difficult circumstances.
As parents, one of our greatest desires is to see our children grow and thrive in every aspect of their lives. We want to protect them from harm and provide for their needs, but ultimately, we know that only God can truly keep them safe and bless them.
That's why it's so important to pray for our children and ask God to cover them with His protection and blessings. 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us that God cares for us deeply and wants to help us with all of our concerns.
1 Peter 5:7 offers a powerful reminder of the love and care that God has for us, and this verse can also be applied to our children. We can ask God to "cast all [our] anxiety on him because he cares for [us]" and to do the same for our children. We can pray that God will surround them with His protection and keep them safe from harm.
We can also pray for specific blessings for our children, such as wisdom, strength, and guidance. We can ask God to give them a heart for Him and to help them grow in their faith. We can pray that they will have healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their work and passions, and be a blessing to others.
As you pray for your children, remember that God is sovereign and He knows what is best for them. Trust in His plan and His timing, and pray with faith and confidence that He will work in their lives for His glory.
I thank you for my children and the precious gift they are to me. I pray that you will protect them and keep them safe from all harm. Please surround them with Your love and care and guide them on the path You have for them.
I pray that You will bless them with wisdom, strength, and guidance. Help them to grow in their faith and to have a heart for you. May they find fulfillment in all that they do and be a blessing to those around them. I pray that You will provide for all of their needs and that You will bless them in every way.
I also pray that my children will grow in their faith and relationship with you and that they will be a blessing to others. I trust in Your plan for my children, and I pray that You will draw them ever nearer to You and help them find peace and joy in Your presence.
I trust in your care and love for them, and I cast all of my anxiety and concerns for their well-being on you, knowing that you care for them deeply.
In Your precious name, I pray, Amen.
Partnering with God: Raising Godly Generations for His Glory (Psalm 78:4)
Psalm 78 is a psalm of Asaph, a Levite who served as a musician in the temple in Jerusalem. In this psalm, Asaph reflects on the history of Israel and the faithfulness of God.
Psalm 78:4 says, "We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, his might, and the wonders that he has done."
This verse speaks to the importance of passing on the stories of God's faithfulness and mighty acts to the next generation and of passing on a legacy of trust in God to those who will come after us. As parents and leaders, it is our responsibility to teach the younger generation about how God has worked in the past and continues to work in the present. By sharing these stories, we help to instill a sense of trust and confidence in God's character and His ability to work in our lives.
It is also important to note that these stories are not just meant to be passed on to our children but to the "coming generation" as well. This suggests that the stories of God's faithfulness and might are meant to be shared with future generations and that they are an important part of our collective history as a people of faith.
As we strive to fulfill this calling, it is important to remember that we are not alone. We can partner with God in this task, seeking his guidance and strength as we raise our children and influence the next generation. Here are a few ways that we can partner with God in this important task:
1. Seek His guidance and direction. As we raise our children, it is important to seek the guidance and direction of God. This may involve spending time in prayer and reading the Bible, asking for wisdom and discernment as we make decisions about how to raise and nurture our children. It may also involve seeking the counsel and advice of other believers who have walked this path before us.
2. Trust in his provision and protection. As we raise our children, it is natural to feel a sense of worry and concern for their well-being. However, we can trust in the provision and protection of God as we raise our children. We can pray for their safety and well-being, and trust that God is working in their lives and will take care of them.
3. Lean on his strength and grace. Raising godly generations is not something we can do on our own. We need the strength and grace of God to sustain us and help us persevere in this important task. We can turn to him in our weakness, asking for his help and strength as we seek to raise our children to love and serve him.
As we partner with God in raising godly generations, we can have confidence that he is with us and will guide and sustain us in this important task.
Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege and responsibility of raising godly generations for your glory. We know that this is a challenging task, and we recognize that we need your guidance and strength to do it well.
Please guide us as we raise our children, giving us wisdom and discernment as we make decisions about how to nurture and guide them. Help us to trust in your provision and protection for our children, and give us the strength and grace we need to persevere in this task.
We pray that our children will come to know and love you and that they will grow in their faith as they seek to honor and serve you. We pray that they will be used by you to impact the world for your glory and that they will raise godly generations of their own.
In your holy name, we pray, Amen.