How do we parent adult children?
I used to think that parenting was hardest when my children were so dependent on me for everything, which started when they were infants. However, as my children grew up, went off to college, and then moved out of the house I realized parenting became a whole lot harder. I know that must sound strange because I no longer dressed them, helped them with homework, transported them to ballgames, cooked their meals, or did their laundry.
So what makes parenting adult children so difficult?
Of course, as Christian parents our goal is to help train our children to be productive, independent, God-fearing, young people. So, while they are in our home we try, by God’s grace, to point them in right directions and help them set right priorities.
Once they are on their own, our parenting role changes drastically.
At this point in their lives the best thing we can do for them is pray.
Many Christian parents are heartbroken because of prodigal children. Parents should be reminded that the verse,
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
is a principle found in Proverbs and not a promise. Once our children become adults they are accountable to God for their choices. Parents are not to blame for these choices.
What is the parents’ role at this point?
There are no perfect parents.
We must depend on God’s guidance and grace.
Patenting is truly a gift from God.
We are stewards of special treasures. We should make the most of every moment. From infancy through adulthood we need to trust God with our children realizing He loves them even more than we do. And continually we pray, pray, pray.
“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17
What is your prayer today for the adult children in your life?
"Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven." Psalm 148:13
In Old Testament times, names were given not only as identification, but many times a special meaning was attached to the name. All throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His many names. When we study these names that He reveals, we better understand who God is. The meanings behind His names reveal the character and nature of the One who bears them.
Who is God to you? Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father, you Jehovah Raah, the Lord your Shepherd?
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EL SHADDAI el shad-di'
All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty
Use: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddai is first used in Genesis 17:1.
Meaning: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning "breast" in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning "mountain," suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer.
Further references of the name El Shaddai in the Old Testament: Genesis 17:1; Genesis 28:3; Genesis 35:11; Genesis 43:14; Genesis 48:3
Developing relationships is a continuous part of life. From an early age, friendships are made—some for the short-term, others for a lifetime. Your child will make friends, and unless he or she is guided by the wise advice of loving parents, they can easily make friends with the wrong people.
The choice of friends during the formative school years can, and often does, influence a child for they'er entire life. A vital part of parenting is laying out a biblical foundation for your child to follow when selecting friends.
The Bible plays a vital role in how we should choose our friends. What better advice can a child, or a parent, receive than the wisdom and knowledge contained in the pages of Scripture? From Genesis to Revelation, principles and examples of good friendships, like David and Jonathan, provide Christians guidance in building healthy relationships.
Two instructive verses that parents and children alike should take note of are:
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." Proverbs 13:20
These are just two of the verses that will give you and your child insights to biblical guidelines for selecting godly friends and developing healthy relationships.
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We, as parents, have the responsibility of teaching our children how to choose good friends and develop healthy relationships. So, what do you do to assure that your children have the tools they need to do this?
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