Your Child Is Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

It is easy to get caught up in the day to day battles with a strong child and get tired, even frustrated.  There are some wonderful verses that can encourage those of us with strong willed children, to stay the course.  The first is Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This verse is a wonderful encouragement. It also reminds us that we are not training for today, we are training for the future.   We have 18 years to teach and train our children for adulthood, we need to keep our expectations there.  Especially those days we feel like we have repeated instructions several times.

The second set of verses that can encourage is Psalm 139.  These verses tell us that we were “fearfully and wonderfully made”, that God “knit us together”, and that all our days, even before they began, were known to God. This means that God gave our strong child this personality for a purpose.  Now we live in a fallen world and are tainted by sin. So our goal should not be to “break” our child but to help them become who God planned them to be, through teaching and training.