Parenting, Christian Living
Date Published: Jan 26, 2021
Publisher: Clay Bridges Press
Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father encourages parents to plant
spiritual seeds in the hearts of their children from birth. With time, those
spiritual seeds (Scripture, Bible stories, spiritual songs) grow and mature,
producing godly children who know right from wrong and live exemplary
lives. Pray that those children will give the next generation a
strong, spiritual heritage as well.
When parents tell their children that God wants them to treat others as
they would like to be treated, they are more prone to hear and obey. The
name of God has clout with children, who innately revere God. When they
choose to obey their parents or other adults, they are actually obeying
God’s fifth commandment to “honor your father and your mother.” All children
need to know and attempt to keep the Ten Commandments and live by God’s many
teachings found in the Bible.
This book has hundreds of verses with practical applications for parents,
teachers, and counselors. With this valuable resource, you can embrace your
opportunity to raise godly children who walk with their Heavenly
Proceeds from this book will be used to spread spiritual seeds around the
Allow Consequences to Follow Misbehavior
Lesson 1: Genesis 4
fter creating the universe and everything within it, God created the first man (Adam) and the first woman (Eve). They lived in the presence of God, and all was wonderful until, through the ploys of Satan, sin separated them from their Heavenly Father and tarnished their characters. Satan today still seeks to tarnish the character of every living man, woman, and child. God encourages godly behavior by allowing consequences to follow sins. Parents are God’s agents to discipline and train children in the ways they should go.
Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Satan led Cain away from God and into sin.
The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it” (emphasis added).
Cain became upset because God did not like his offering but was pleased with Abel’s offering. Cain’s covetousness intensified into a jealous rage, and he killed his brother. God then stepped forward and severely disciplined Cain: “When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth” (Gen. 4:12). Because God had not yet given the Ten Commandments to humankind, Cain had to learn the hard way to neither covet nor murder others.
When your children misbehave, it is easy to become angry and frustrated. Take time for the waters to calm, and then discuss their misbehavior. Ask them, “Which commandment did you break? God is displeased with your actions, but He does offer forgiveness.” Explain that they need to go and sin no more. Like earthly parents, God, our Heavenly Father, desires to see His children obey Him because He knows what is best for them. If your child refuses to repent, seek wisdom and discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach, train, and correct misbehavior, not just to punish.
About the Author
Susan Parker was born in New York City, spent her preschool years in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Odessa, Texas, where she lived
through the 12th grade. A year after graduation, she married her high school
sweetheart, Phil Parker. After they graduated from Baylor University, God
blessed them with three wonderful children: JoEllen, Pamela, and Philip
Susan began writing Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father after
reading Bruce H. Wilkinson’s The Daily Walk Bible several times. During the
second reading, she started highlighting parenting scriptures, and on the
third reading, Susan began transforming scripture into parenting
She has always had a passion for teaching children, and she raised her
children using Scripture. She explained to her children that God wants them
to be kind, loving, and forgiving. She also planted a multiplicity of
spiritual seeds in the lives of many, many children. For years she taught
flannel board Bible stories to preschoolers and afterschool YMCA children,
and teaching eighth-grade girls on Sunday was pure joy!
Writing Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father has brought her much joy