A Prayer of a Father

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Great God,

My existence I owe to you,
My value is found in you,
My identity as your son achieved by your Son,
secured through his death and resurrection.
With all that I am and all that I have I honour you.

As your son may my life make you smile,
as a husband let me present your daughter radiant and pure.
As a father may I lead your children in repentance,
as a friend let me share a burden and encourage with hope eternal.

In my thoughts, with my words, through my actions
may your Spirit produce fruit evident of your mercy, grace and love.

Amen

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What will your kids say you love?

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I’m not particularly into cricket. Watching the Boxing Day test is not something we do as part of our Christmas tradition. My kids probably think the Boxing Day test is seeing how many unsanctioned activities they can use their new toys for before they break! I’m not particularly into cricket. Some will call me un-Australian for this confession, but please read on. You see, the reason I’m not really into cricket, and why my kids are not really into cricket, is because my dad was not really into cricket. I don’t hate cricket, I’m just ambivalent about it.

So what will my kids say I love? That will be interesting, won’t it! It will depend what I talk about, what I spend our money on, what I use my time doing. Most of all, it will depend on whether I include them in what I love.

I would hope my kids would hear me talking about Jesus and perfect report card He has secured for us. I would hope being generous with our money and possessions will show my kids that all we have is His anyway, so lets use it for His glory. I would hope my kids will say that Dad loved reading His bible – whether by seeing me read it, taking it everywhere and not being distracted by notifications that come with using a device. I would hope my kids will remember being involved in reading God’s word, in serving our church, in loving others through hospitality.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

What will your kids say you love?

Involving your kids in what you love will also show them you love them too.

 


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When we don’t keep our cool

In all our best parenting intentions, if you are anything like me, you will lose it with your kids. I’m not proud of it, I wish I could go back and change it, but what to do when we do? We could justify it because we are already juggling many balls already and this was just the icing on the cake. We could deny it as using a firm voice to make sure we were heard over the oft-loud background noise. We could hide it from our friends and neighbours with false smiles and ‘happy families’. Or we could own up to it, apologise for it (to God and our kids), and seek His help to better handle such situations in the future. Should we be surprised when we sin in this way? I don’t think so, but ignoring it is not a solution either.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  1 John 1:8

In His mercy, God has forgiven our sins, and so we can freely confess them to Him (along with all the other sin from each day).

Continuing in 1 John…

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Let’s also not beat ourselves up with guilt, we all fall short of God’s glory.

We have been promised a helper, the Holy Spirit, for which we can pray to bear the fruit of self-control. The other fruits of the spirit are pretty helpful in parenting too.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Gal 5:22-26

As for other physical things we can do, these tips from a secular parenting blogger can be helpful too. Do your parenting intentions live up to your parenting reality?


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