Shepherding Your Little Ones

A.W. Tozer said, “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one, He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”

As a parent, the sacred journey of nurturing your children in God’s love and grace is filled with God-given opportunities. Each one also serves as an attempt to mold and shape you as you help shape your child with His guidance.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

– Ephesians 6:4 ESV

You are called to be a shepherd to your little ones, to guide them through life’s winding paths with His wisdom and patience. It’s easy to let frustration seep in when things don’t go as planned, or your children’s choices stray from your hopes. Yet, in these moments, pause and think of how God, with unending patience, leads you. Your gentle guidance mirrors the loving-kindness of the Father, helping your children grow not just in stature but in faith and love.

Naturally, your words carry immense power. They can uplift, or they can wound. The challenge, of course, is balancing discipline with love. Discipline, rooted in love, is not about asserting control but guiding your children to understand the boundaries that keep them safe and help them flourish.

Your words carry immense power. They can uplift, or they can wound.

When giving instruction and providing guidance, don’t forget to be a reflection of God’s joy and grace. Play with your children; laugh with them and create an atmosphere where love is your home’s foundation. Your happiness and love for them reflect God’s joy and love for us all.

As you guide your child, allow yourself to comprehend that you are God’s child who needs His wisdom so you can help shape your child. The seeds of faith, love and wisdom you plant today will bear fruit for generations.

Today’s One Thing

At the beginning and end of the day, tell yourself, “I will love like the Father, guiding with patience and kindness, knowing that through my love, my children will see a glimpse of  God’s love.”

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