"How many times have I told you to speak kindly and stop yelling at your brother?" The harsh tones spill from my mouth and cut deep before I'm even done speaking. "This is not how I speak to daddy?" I know now the issue is mine and not that of this tender heart I am being angry with. My heart aches as I ask her forgiveness for my harshness.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. ~James 3:17-18~
These precious hearts that are entrusted us are not only watching the way we interact with our husbands but the constant interaction with them. How can we see our children to humility, kindness, patience, love, joy, a servants heart, gentleness, and peace if we do not ourselves, correct them with humility, shower them in kindness, be patient with their eagerly learning hearts, love them the way we desire love, joyfully serve them and others, and gently lead them to peace in their hearts and in our homes?
Oh Father, teach me your ways! If I do not train up my children with hearts after you I am but the servant who squandered Your gifts. The battle for souls is strong, teach me to train warriors for Your kingdom, oh Lord.
"The state of a nation
is always determined
by the state of the home."
~Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, Biblical Femininity~
"Be Fruitful and Multiply" Today?
And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." ~Genesis 1:28~
Does this apply to us today? Here are some questions to ask yourself when dealing with this issue.
- What is God's design for building up His kingdom?
- Is it about the population of the earth or God's kingdom?
- Is your decision to "take charge" of the size of your family based on biblical principals or worldly ones (i.e) finances?
Do not put the LORD your God to the test... ~Dueteronomy 6:16