Children Are Forever!

“Children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward! Like arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them!”–Psalm 127:3-5.

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Every time a child is born there is another SOUL that is going to live FOREVER! It’s the biggest miracle since the creation of the World! One immortal soul is worth more than all the World! One little babe is worth more and is going to last longer!

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That’s the MOST PRECIOUS gift!–God’s greatest gift!–His Love in a little child!

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Almost two centuries ago men followed the events of Napoleon’s march of conquest waiting with bated breath for any news of the outcome of his various wars. All the while, babies were being born in their own homes. But who could think about BABIES? Everybody was thinking about BATTLES! However, in that one year, 18O9, there came into the World several babies who were destined to become stars of the greatest magnitude–WILLIAM GLADSTONE, considered by many as Britain’s greatest statesman of the 19th century; ABRAHAM LINCOLN, one of America’s most famous Presidents; ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, the celebrated poet laureate of Britain; and LOUIS BRAILLE, the blind inventor of the widely used Braille system of reading for the blind! But while they were being born, no one thought of babies, just battles. Yet which of the BATTLES of 18O9 mattered more than the BABIES of 18O9? We fancy that God can manage His World only with big BATTALIONS, when all the while He is doing it by BABIES! Whenever a wrong needs righting, or a truth needs preaching, God sends a BABY into the World to do it!

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A baby is a small member of the home that makes love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, the bankroll smaller, the home happier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for!

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A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house!

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Raising children is a fulltime job! Motherhood requires the strength of Samson, the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, the faith of Abraham, the insight of Daniel, the courage of King David, and MOST of all, the LOVE of GOD!

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The kind of person your child is going to be, he is already becoming.

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God knows what He’s doing when He uses the union of a man and a woman to create life! So why not leave your “family planning” to HIM? It is foolish to believe that any human being is ever created without the touch of the Divine! GOD is the CREATOR of human souls! God is the Creator of pregnancy, and when He decides to put another soul into existence in this Universe, HE makes that decision!–It is the direct creation of GOD, ORDAINED by God! So-called “family planning” is nothing but defiance of God by attempting to design your own future, unwillingness to trust God, attempting to take things out of His hands, refusing to create the lives He’s ordained, and saying that YOU know better than GOD!

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Never minimise the training of your children. Did you know that a child learns 8O% of what he’s going to learn in his whole life BEFORE he’s FIVE YEARS OLD?–So think how important it is that you teach them the RIGHT things during those first formative years!–It’s going to be 8O% of everything that they’re ever going to learn! No wonder if you train up a CHILD in the way he should go, that when he is old he shall not depart from it!–Proverbs 22:6. These FIRST YEARS are extremely important. You can’t wait till your child is five years old before you begin teaching him! Every single DAY is important, and what they learn EACH DAY is important! YOU as a parent are RESPONSIBLE to see to it that they are not only fed, clothed, protected and are healthy, but also that they are mentally and SPIRITUALLY taught GOD’S WORD, trained in His TRUTH and inspired with His LOVE!

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Some people have the crazy doctrine of just “letting their kids go”–“if they learn they learn and if they don’t, they don’t.” Well, we don’t believe in FORCING children to learn something they don’t WANT to learn, but they do WANT to learn, and CAN learn a lot MORE than if you just leave them idle, without any guidance, help or ENCOURAGEMENT to learn! In fact, it is entirely UNSCRIPTURAL and ANTI-GOD to leave a child to “make up his own mind” without first informing, guiding and encouraging him! “For a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame!”–Proverbs 29:15. If YOU haven’t got the time to take care of your children, then for your child’s sake, find someone competent who CAN, and who does it RIGHT and the way you know it OUGHT to be done! That is every parent’s responsibility!

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Children are like flowers in your garden! They are a GIFT from God, but you’ve got to take CARE of them!

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Throughout the ages no nation has ever had a better friend than the mother who taught her children to pray!

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The WORD OF GOD has always been the basic building block of OUR entire educational system!–The good, wholesome, nourishing, encouraging, inspiring, feeding Truth of the Word of God! The more you read God’s Word with your children, the more they begin to absorb it. So don’t neglect the beauty, the riches and the power of the Word of God!–“And these Words which I command you this day shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently unto your children and shall talk about them when you sit at home, when you walk along the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.”–Deuteronomy 6:6,7. May God bless you as you feed YOUR children with the WORD!

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Daniel Webster, Early American Orator, and Secretary of State for Three U.S. Presidents, said: “If there is anything in my thoughts or style of writing to commend, the credit is due to my PARENTS for instilling in me an EARLY love of the SCRIPTURES!”

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The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of his TIME each day. The BEST thing to spend on children is TIME!

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Always try to say goodnight and pray with your children if you can, or at least be sure SOMEBODY does.

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The TV can become one of the most destructive forces in the home if not used with great wisdom, prayer, and discretion. Children really should not be allowed free rein to watch any movies or programs they want to without supervision and without your choice and selection. Whenever possible, parents should PREVIEW movies or programs BEFORE they’re shown to children!–Or know the general theme of characteristics of the series to be sure it is good for them. Actually, parents should watch the program WITH their children, so they can explain things that they don’t understand, or dispel any untruths with which they disagree. That way the TV becomes a teaching tool, instead of an unleashed monster flooding children’s impressionable minds with violence, foolishness and destructive garbage! The criterion is not “will it HURT them?”, but the criterion should be, “Is it GOOD for them?” Is it edifying, profitable, inspiring and does it teach a good LESSON?–Most CARTOONS do NOT!

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One of the first things a visitor notices in a “backward country” is that most of the children are still obeying their parents!

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The young wife who had recently become a mother met a woman who had nine children. “But how can you manage to take care of NINE children? We only have ONE and he takes ALL of our time!” the awe-struck young mother asked. “Well, that’s just it,” the wise mother of nine answered simply. “If ONE takes all your time, then NINE can’t take any more!”

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There was once a very poor family who had five children, and somehow a very rich old couple became acquainted with them and they fell in love with the couple and their children. They themselves were childless, so they offered to adopt one of the poor family’s children. They promised, “We’ll bring up your child in prosperity and wealth. He will receive a good education, he’ll live in a wealthy home and one day he will inherit all of our riches!” So the father and mother discussed which one they should give up, and they went into the bedroom where the children were sleeping: “Let’s see, we just couldn’t give up Johnny. What about Mary?”–“No! Not Mary!” the teary-eyed mother protested. On and on they went discussing which one would go. But in the morning, when the well-to-do couple returned and asked which child it would be, the parents answered, “We’re very sorry, but we just don’t have one to spare!”

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When God gives you children, they are like a gift on loan from Him. They are HIS children, God gave them, but He wants you to take care of them and train them. You’ve got to actually feel like it is your duty to God and that you are doing it in obedience and love for Him and for them. And when you’re old, you’ll be thankful that you did your best to raise them with the help and love of God.–And they will be too!

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You are investing in Eternity when you invest your time, love and effort in your children, because children are FOREVER! Those eternal lives are going to last forever, and everything you’ve put into them is going to count!

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May God help us to be good stewards of the most precious gifts He’s given us, our children! Lord, You have promised in Your Word that if we “Train up our children in the way they should go, when they are old, they won’t depart from it!”–Proverbs 22:6. Help each mother and father to lovingly, diligently, and prayerfully care for their children so that when they grow up, they will become shining stars who know and love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.–Do YOU?

 

 

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