Am I suggesting that we not observe, study, take notice of how others do or not do, consult books, or even advice? Absolutely not. They are 100 percent necessary. But let us not so adhere to these things that are there to glean from, that they limit what God can do in our lives and in our childrens' lives as we learn to parent from His Father's heart. To glean...to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit, so as not to pick up the tares along with the wheat, even though at first glance they appear to be the exact same thing. It is a trying, sometimes exhausting thing to learn to separate the tares from the wheat as you parent, considering every individual child's personality, giftings, and needs.
This morning both of our girls were sitting at the table drawing pictures, while I checked my personal and business email
God, please un-blind our eyes to see that You allow our spiritual character to be mirrored in our children's actions as they are too young to make spiritual choices for themselves. Grant us grace in our discipline of them, knowing that it is as if we are disciplining our own spiritual actions in their physical beings. Remind us that to discipline them in an unbiblical way will only provoke them to wrath as they see our spiritual inconsistency. And give us peace & wisdom to know how to discipline their rebellious actions in the balance of your Truth, and courage to carry it out.