I would love to tell you all that my house is a peaceful, tranquil place, full of children with angelic smiles. None of you would believe me anyway, and the reality is if you have little people then you are going to have many opportunities throughout your day to help direct them in the ways in which they should go.
And they don’t always have angelic smiles. One of my favorite tools to help me on this journey are the countless bits of wisdom found throughout the pages of the Bible.
If you go back through the archives of this blog you will notice for a time I did a post a day on Proverbs. The book of Proverbs in the Bible lends itself nicely to reading a chapter a day as there are 31 chapters. I would read the corresponding chapter to whichever day it was. I did this for a time and then left it for awhile.
Once again, I find myself reading a chapter a day. As a Momma I find it extremely beneficial. Have you ever found yourself praying for wisdom in how to handle a certain child. I am sure I am not alone in wishing my words were enough to cause my children’s hearts to be changed. Oh sure, there are times when all they want to do is please me… but there are times when it is God alone who can sway their hearts. So, I do my best to store up scripture in their hearts.
As today is the 17th the first verse I read was,
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
You might find it handy to keep a piece of stale crusty bread around for bickering children to nibble on to bring home the point of that passage.
Later on in Chapter 17 I read verse 14,
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
Tonight, I was listening to my 3 older children as they were doing the dishes, I could here one topic of disagreement just beginning to escalate. Before it went any further I called them in and shared what I had learned today in Proverbs. We talked about the mess that can be made if a dam is broken and can you get back the water once it flows out? Can you take back your words once they flow out? Sometimes when I interfere in the beginnings of an argument I’ll here things like…. “Well he said… or he did.” This time it was simply ‘dropped’ go figure. 😀
I bet I could do a whole post or more than one on my favorite verses to use with the kids. Do you have a favorite you use when instructing your children?