It's Hotter Than July...Oh! It is July!!!

Post by Darlene Aiken

Post by Darlene Aiken

Now is the time when we are all seeking invitations to beach and pool parties so that we can cool off during the hottest days of the year. Now is also the time when people shed their coats, books, scarves, jackets, and layers of clothing. Now is also the time when some shed a little more than they should. 

Parents, let us keep abreast of what our children are doing and wearing. We can start by knowing what is in their wardrobe. Some things we should not be afraid to tell our children they cannot purchase. For those times that our children go shopping alone with their friends and their friends parents who might be a little more flexible with their rules. Remind your children that bags will be inspected upon return to the house. Because we’ve been called to be parents, we must always be 10 spaces ahead of our children. So, let them know that all items in the bag will be matched up against the receipt. This prevents them from purchasing something and hiding it at their friend’s house or stuffing it behind a bush and coming back for it later. It also allows you to account for the allotted money. Some people and parents might be thinking that this is too “strict”. The Word says, in Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

We as Christian parents must not be slack with setting God inspired rules in our home. We must be vigilant in making sure that our children’s best interest is consistently in mind as well as enforced. The devil and his cohorts are coming for Christian children faster and harsher than ever before. We must not be concerned with how others view us or even by what they may be saying because we have rules that others may not – Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Remember, people are always talking, so why not let their conversations consist of how you and your family are followers of God.

Children need Godly consistency and Godly rules within the home, for if not, they will be governed by the rules and consistency of the ungodly who seek their lives by any means necessary. So, have fun, enjoy the summer, but be Godly and be wise, keeping in mind that wisdom and God are synonymous – Proverbs 3:7 – Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.