Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.
We introduced our study 12 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We are learning that we don’t have to be perfect, or teach our children to be perfect. All we have to do is be the best we can be and model the best we can do for our babies to learn.
We followed the initial teaching of value with activities to encourage babies to be confident, respectful, and good (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, what they were already being prior to our study that sometimes annoys the crap out of adults!, the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 made sense. Creating value and work ethic in infancy by responding to an infant’s immediate cry sets our babies up for success. Teaching our preschoolers work ethic begins the success.
It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance.
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Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be exempt. Investment comes in many forms. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. Doing something. It doesn’t matter what. They don’t have to be creative. They don’t have to sing. They don’t have to be handy. They just have to not be lazy. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. We added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.
Then last week we showed and modeled for our children. Instead of teaching THEM to do something…. we are showing them that we are working just as hard. They can rely on us. They can trust us. We prepare for them. We, as men and women of Christ, prepare. Then last week we used our preparations to show that we should fear nothing, we prepared, and our children will always be clothed and ready (Proverbs 31: 22,24,25).
We must discuss how to pray and what to pray. I’ve noticed when praying with Kara, her prayers are short sweet and simple. Some two year old’s prayer lists:
- i get apples tomorrow
- Daddy leg not hurt (his hamstring is torn)
- bed time is laaaaaaaaaaaaaater
- Noah at home (She wants Noah to stay home from the hospital)
- use the potty laaaaaaaaaaaaater
- we drive safe
- Elsa (what she calls a lady a church) gets better
- Nanner (the dog) eats her bone
Obviously as we grow, our prayers become more complex. Deeper. Stronger. But I have to remember, these are very complex issues to my baby girl! She loves apples, and can’t have them after brushing her teeth. She wants something she can’t have – don’t we all? Her daddy is st encouraghurting. While daddy and I are fully aware he will heal, am I not upset when the kids pop a fever or snag an earache? She is afraid of using the potty, she’s asking to do it later, not now. She prays her brother, who as L1, doesn’t go back to the hospital again. When he does go, he comes home. She prays for her family, herself, and those around her (Elsa). She prays. There is aboslutely no need to try to alter her prayer, jue and listen. Let her know that her prayers are heard by the Man upstairs.
- Letter T & U Coloring Pages Free Printables
- Prayer Pail: I first saw this idea on Joy’s Hope and made a few adjustments to us!
- Discussion of the Day: Why do we pray? What is the purpose in talking to Jesus? Do you realize we can talk to Jesus about anything: from the pony we long for to the little girl down the street to just saying thank you for some candy.
- I Can Pray For Wheel: Crafting the Word of God created an amazing idea with the basis of this project. We switched it up just a little. It would be easy to find clip art on google and glue print out to the wheel. Instead of using locations and opportunities of prayer, we decided to use people and activities. Now, before lunch everyday we turn the wheel and whomever’s photo lands next, we add them to our lunch prayers!
- God Knows My Name: Kara has room letters she loves. So today, we made some for her baby brother Noah and painted her name on large poster paper. Perfect activities for a rainy afternoon! I asked Kara what she thought Noah prayed for, and wrote those on the wood. We glued cardstock and construction paper to Noah’s wooden letters. I told Kara the wood was like Noah’s heart, and we had to put clothes on Noah’s body. According to Kara, Noah prayed for: milk, pillows, songs, and doctors.
- Hand Art for Wall: People I pray For –> On a large piece of construction paper, we traced Kara’s hand prints. Then I let her color the paper however she wished. Then we wrote on each finger all the names she could think of, with no prompting from me, of people she prayed for. I was totally and thoroughly amazed!
- Prayer Cube: A printable prayer cube just for you coming soon! Toss it up and pray pray pray!
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