Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In the Word Wednesday - The Discipline of Discipline

As some of you may know I am participating in the She Reads Truth Proverbs study with a whole online community.  It has been SO fantastic to hear what is on the heart of so many other mothers.  We share so many of the same struggles and it is comforting to know that I am not alone. 

On Monday we read and studied Proverbs  Chapter 13   The girls @ She Reads Truth recommend we read each chapter in a couple different versions.  I LOVE this idea because reading it in a couple different versions helps me to understand the text SO much better!!!  I've read through the English Standard Version, The New International Version, the Message, The Amplified Bible and the Catholic Version.  The verse and versions that stuck out to me in Chapter 13 is Proverbs 13:24 in both the Message and the Amplified Version.
A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.  Proverbs 13:24 (MSG)
He who spares the rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. 
Proverbs 13:24 (AMP)
I’ve been REALLY struggling with consistently disciplining my children; ESCPECIALLY my 3 year old.  He seems at times to be backtracking with potty training and the “terrible 3s” seem to be alive and well.  It’s so much easier just to let him get his way.  I know that if I am not consistent & DISCIPLINED with discipline with my children they will do something really embarrassing to me in public!!!  BUT, don’t they all ONE day?  It is MORE than that.  God COMMANDS us to discipline because we LOVE our children. 

God commands us to be DILIGENT with discipline.  The Amplified Version states that we are to “punish him early”.  It’s common sense really.  (Proverbs is FILLED with common sense stuff isn't it?)  We are called to discipline our children in love, start as soon as they can understand and be CONSISTENT so the children understand right and wrong from an early age.  The common sense part is that is if we start early our kids will know what we expect from an early age.  They will have “grown up” with it.  Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

This is just another reason parenthood is the most overwhelming and IMPORTANT thing we do in this life.

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  1. Another awesome post! I can relate with you, we are to train up a child in the way he should go, we have to discipline each day be concistent with it, if not then our loves that the Lord has blessed us with will turn around and do damage to us, and thats not going to happen in my house. I also notice that the older I get the more my patience seems to be tested by my lovies but I know it is all in God's plan, the way we raise them will be how they respect and behave with other people! You are doing a wonderful job mama!

  2. I'm just beginning to tread the waters of discipline since my daughter is still pretty young. It's brand spankin' new (pardon the pun) territory for me and I am so unsure as to how/when to go about discipline. Do you have any great resources that you found especially helpful, especially for babies around a year of age?

  3. Oh Kelly, I really cannot imagine, I have the little two year old I watch and while I won't spank a child that's not mine, she keeps my on my toes with being consistent. I know that if there were more, I would likely let her get away with a lot.

  4. Sooo right! I've thought more than once that if I were to be more consistent with discipline that I would be punishing at least one child every waking moment of the day! Its exhausting work training up these kids! LOL! Thanks for this insightful post!

  5. Hi there. I come to you from The Style Hatch. I love what you wrote over there. I am a litigation attorney, newly married and thinking about having kids sometime soon. Even without kids yet, I can associate with just about everything you said. And your Wednesday link up? I love it. I think I will link up next Wednesday as I found it a little too late today.

  6. Awesome! I really love that verse. We are to train up our children. It's a wonder why so many people are a mess having not grown up with any kind of spiritual life. Kudos Kelly!!

  7. very insightful. its so hard sometimes and so exhausting just not to let them get away with stuff, because of the fight (which shouldnt be happening in the first place)...but it will be worth it in the end, i know


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