Nurture and treasure these blessings from God (Psa. 127:3, Psa. 144:12).

Enjoy and cherish them, delighting in each of these unique and special creations (Gen. 1:31, Psa. 139:13).

Minister to them, hiding God’s precious Word deep in their hearts (Deut. 4:9, Deut. 11:19, Psa. 34:11, Mark 9:37, Mark 10:14).

Pray for them and with them, encouraging the growth of their personal relationship with our Lord and Savior (Mark 10:16).

Lead them down the narrow path (Matt. 7:14) to righteousness (Rom. 6:16).

Protect them (Prov. 2:8-9, 1 Cor. 13:7).  As the keeper of your home (Tit. 2:5), guard them from the things of this world that will corrupt their impressionable minds or cause them to depart from God’s perfect way (Gen. 18:19, Luke 7:29, John 14:6).

Train them to be obedient to God’s Word (2 Cor. 10:5-6, Heb. 5:8-9, Tit. 3:1, 1 Pet. 1:14),

Correct and rebuke them when they are disobedient (2 Tim. 4:2, Prov. 6:23, Prov. 29:15).

Discipline them with the rod (Prov. 13:24, Prov. 22:15, Prov. 29:17, Heb. 12:11, Rev. 3:19) because you desire for them to have a life full of knowledge and understanding (Prov. 12:1, Prov. 15:32), and honor and prudence (Prov. 13:18,  Prov. 15:5), so that they can show others the way to life (Prov. 10:17).  Refuse to be a willing party to their death (Prov. 19:18, Prov. 23:13).

THIS is love!  Love is not only hugs, kisses, or praises.  All of the other things that we do with our children in order to “train [them] up in the way [they] should go” (Prov. 22:6) are done with and out of love for them!  And we need to love our children completely! 

My promise to the precious blessings that God has entrusted in my care…

In Jesus, I am training my son to become a strong, bold, courageous, wise, trustworthy, selfless, faithful, mature, responsible, obedient, and loving leader, protector, pastor, and provider for his future wife and children, and I am training my daughter to become a patient, obedient, wise, nurturing, productive, creative, selfless, compassionate, noble, and loving helpmeet to her husband and dedicated mother to her children. AMEN!!!

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