The official handbook for parenting
Ah, yes, it's the book that all parents need. It's that book that should be handed out in the delivery room at the birth of every child. Of course, as usual, there is a catch. The book needs to be absorbed into the reader's mind. That's right--absorbed, not just read.

Oh, sorry, I forgot to give you the name of the book. It is the Bible. There is specific parenting advice in there, but more importantly there is help for you, the parent. By reading the Bible you will learn who God is, what He wants, what He expects, what He has to give you, and a multitude of other things. It will put you in tune with God. A parent who is in tune with God will be the best parent possible.

A parent has millions of decisions to make throughout the lifetime of the child. The first decision may be what doctor to choose, or what diaper to use, or whether to breast or bottle feed. The decisions need to be made continuously. You can rely on the advice of other parents, but what if they are wrong?

You won't know the consequences of your decision until after you make it and then it is too late. It would be wonderful to have a "sneak peek" camera that will allow you to see the consequences of each decision ahead of time. Unfortunately, there is no such thing.

What if I told you I know of someone who can see the future and you can consult them regarding what decisions you should make? Would you want to go see them? The help you can obtain from them is free. Well, it really isn't totally free. There is a price. The price is you have to believe in Jesus. That's all, just believe.

The "Official Handbook for Parenting" has all the information about Jesus. If you would like a short synopsis on who Jesus is you can go read "Jesus---The Only Way" (but be sure to come back when you are done). Once you believe in Jesus then you have the Holy Spirit residing in you. God will speak to you through the Holy Spirit and give you the wisdom to make the right decisions. God knows the right decisions because He is the one who can see the future.

In your prayers, be bold and ask for more wisdom.
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5

Ask for the right words. The Holy Spirit in you can speak through your mouth with words you never thought you would say.
"But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost."
Mark 13:11

Isn't it your main desire that your child be happy? God loves your child even more than you do. He is able to bring joy, peace, happiness, and love into your child's life. He is able to watch over and protect your child every second of every day. Are you capable of providing that?

Even if you have a teenager or other age child who is rebellious you need not worry. No matter what physical or mental condition your child is in God still loves them unconditionally and God is in control. The very best thing you can do is pray. In your mind picture yourself carrying your child in your arms and placing your child in Jesus' lap. You need to have the faith that your child will be in the watch care of the one who loves them the most.

If you are having difficulty in having enough faith to turn your child's welfare over to God then you can get all the faith you need. If you have been listening to what has been said here then you already are going to get more faith by reading your "Official Handbook for Parenting."
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17

Some Biblical examples of some faith-filled decisions parents made to place their child or child's welfare in God's hands are:
~~Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice Genesis 22:1-13~~
~~Hannah giving Samuel to the Lord 1Samuel 1:1-28~~
~~A woman gave the last of the food to Elijah instead of her son 1Kings 17:9-16~~

If you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord then the Holy Spirit resides in you. If you are seeking God's will in your life and if you are walking with the Lord then it will be evident in your words and actions. You will be a living example for your child of how to act. Your child will remember seeing joy and peace in your life even during rough times. That will make a lasting impression. Your child will have seen God in you and some day will desire the same.

If you believe God loves your child more than you do and you believe that God wants nothing but the best for your child then you can, in faith, place your child in God's capable hands and know that you need not worry about anything. If you are diligently seeking God's direction in your life you will be confident that you have made the best decisions you could have made. You will have no regrets.

Go with God, Good Parent!


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