The Best Advice Ever Given to Parents

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Thinking about the incredible responsibility you've been called to as a parent is enough to make anyone tremble. You have been called to such an important, and often difficult, task! In this post, Robert Morgan encourages parents in their calling, walking through what he believes is the best advice ever given to parents. Robert is Senior Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship and author numerous books including Prayers and Promises for Worried Saints and 100 Bible Verses.

Robert explained that the best advice ever given to parents was Deuteronomy 6:1–9. Take a moment and read through that passage.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (ESV)

The Greatest Commandment

1“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it,2that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.3Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What opportunities do your children have to see you love the Lord? Are you intentional about letting them see your relationship with God?
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What do you currently do to grow your relationship with the Lord? How can you invite your children to participate with you as you cultivate your relationship with God?
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List out a few ways you can more actively engage your kids with God's Word at home.
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What are some Scripture verses you can memorize together as a family? How can you keep Scripture memorization fun and engaging for your kids?
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The Bible is a vital tool in building, guiding and protecting our faith, and it's important that it be used correctly. As a parent, you can help your child avoid making the mistakes that the folks in this humorous illustration did.

When you help your child memorize a Bible verse, you give them something that they will have the rest of their lives. You help them see the impact that God's Word  can make when it is properly applied to their life circumstances. Look for ways to continually put God's Word before your kids, letting them see  your love for Scripture, and your love for the Father.