Natural current of everything in our world is towards decay and corruption and if you don't come against those natural currents with the word of God everything in your life will naturally flow that way. Everything meaning your finances, your body, your health, your energy, your children, your home, your family, your marriage, your job, your business. EVERYTHING. We really have to speak the word of God over everything in our lives, but in addition, we have to speak the Word of God into our children. Talking to our children about the Word of God is like planting seeds, if you are not planting good seeds, trust the devil will gladly take over and plant bad seeds.
I've entered a new stage with my daughter who is 6 going on 7 yrs old. I have seen her bad attitudes and her whining and pouting escalate over the last month and it has started to really trouble me. One of the main reasons it troubles me is because I love her and I know that these attitudes are causing her to not be able to be thankful for all the blessings that she has. If she is not thankful, then she is incapable of enjoying her life. Today, I was upset about all this and troubled. I had to take some luxuries away from her like her time on the ipad, plus I had to tell her that she was to stay in her room today. Sometimes separating a child from their family for a time will help them appreciate the company of their family more. But what was on my heart is that I couldn't just leave her to herself during this time of punishment. I had to take the opportunity to invest in her and pour into her, like God does with me. Noah (my daughter) and I have done devotional time reading the bible for years, but this was the first time we sat down and truly had a bible study and this was the first time I was able to use God's word to give her something that she could start using right now. See many times as kids get older, parents feel like they are free to not have to spend as much time taking care of the kids. I am finding that the opposite is true. While there is less time with some of the grooming, dressing and physical upkeep, there is more time that is necessary to talk about feelings, what we do with those feelings, how to stay focused on the right things, and more time is necessary to help them to nurture their own relationship with God. A child left to themselves, no matter how much you "discipline them" will automatically go with the natural current of the world; decay and corruption.