This month I am focusing on the topic of LISTENING with my children.
Some days I have to repeat myself several times before my kids hear me speak. I compete with iPads, cell phones, video games, and TV for their attention. So now those things are off limits in the mornings while we’re getting ready for the day and in the evenings before bedtime. The goal is to create a habit of mindfulness as well as quiet their minds enough to hear my voice but also God’s voice.
With a little practice, they can become quick to hear, slow to speak (James 1:19). When they do speak, it would be best if it was with thoughtfulness and restraint (Proverbs 17:27). I want them to listen to advice and accept instruction so that in the future they will be wise people (Proverbs 19:20), primarily so they can avoid some of the mistakes I made. But most of all, I hope the words of their mouth and the meditation of their heart to be pleasing to God, their Heavenly Father who loves them (Proverbs 17:27).
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