Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Homekeeper's Journal ~ September 1, 2010

Homekeeper’s Journal ~ Children 

If you have children or grandchildren, or even nieces and nephews, you know what a joy they are. God tells us that children are a blessing from Him.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. Ps 127:3-5

In what ways are children a blessing to us?

They are enjoyable and entertaining! They are just as cute as they can be and a lot of fun to watch as they grown, learn and explore the world.

They are a great help to us in learning to be like Jesus. We learn self-sacrifice, patience, long-suffering, joy, love, self-control and discipline by raising a child or even by being in the life of a child and we learn what it is so be trusted and depended on completely. That’s a huge responsibility.

They are of the greatest help to us with our work. Children should be given jobs in the home to learn that they are an essential part of a family. Children can be such good help to us as we do the things we must do every day for the family.

The enlarge our impact on the world for the glory of God! I think that is partially what it means in Psalms 127 where is says ….”They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Our influence goes beyond our children, through their lives and into the world.

This week the Homekeeper’s Journal is all about our children!

I can directly influence these children ….. my 3 teenagers, my son and daughter-in-law, my grandson, my "extra" daughter, and my teenagers' friends.

Some specific ways that I see my influence in my children are …. Positively --- not scared to speak their mind or call others on their "stories" and their sense of humor and demeanor.  Negatively --- sarcastic tongue and judgemental attitude (not too proud of these). 

The biggest area needing improvement in how I see my children is … that they are becoming wonderful young people who don't need my input in every area of their lives.  I need to back off.....  : (

My greatest joy in my children is … knowing they are in the family of God by nothing more than God's grace and mercy in their lives.  We are still praying for my youngest son to accept Christ!  Please pray with us!

The best thing I ever did for my children was … bringing them home from the Christian school to home school them.  They could then learn on their own academic timetables; they could jump ahead or slow down if they needed more time on a specific subject.

One thing I want to be sure to impart to my children is …. that we are all here to serve others.  Jesus himself modeled the servant attitude when he washed the feet of all the disciples, even Judas.  Also, we all have others who are watching us to see if our speech, behavior, etc is in line with our Christian faith.  Are we walking our talk?

This needs great prayer and thought regarding my children ….. how to direct them in their upcoming college decisions without taking over. 

This post is linked to Christian Home Keepers.


  1. this is great! Hmmmm... now I have to decide if I want to do it.....
    Maybe I'll incorporate it into my next blog.

  2. I wish you all the best as your role in the older children's lives changes from "training" to what the Lord has in mind next. *smile* Have a great day and thanks so much for making the time to stop by my online journal. Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!


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