God's Design for Your Child


Train your child in the way he should go, not in the way you want him to go.

Psalms 139:13

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place; when I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

As I read these verses two thoughts come to my mind. The first thought is God made me special! Not only did God make me special, he also made my children special. The second thought that comes to mind is that my life has a purpose—that God designed me for MY life before I was ever formed. God has a plan for my life.

These verses are comforting and humbling to me all at the same time. I feel deeply loved by God and I want to do His will—the one that He has for my life, not my own. The same goes for my children. I want to raise my children working with God and His little creation; keeping in mind the whole time that God has a plan for my child. God wove my child together in my womb. God has given my child certain gifts and talents that only my child will be able to accomplish that plan. I want to partner with God in the training up of my child and work WITH God and not AGAINST God.

This month, as you read the articles for each age group, my prayer is that you will start looking at your child a little differently. Begin to celebrate your child’s personality, the way he was made. Don’t make your children to be like little robots or a mini you. Train up your child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6), not the way you want your child to go.

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