Talking to Kids Advice for ParentsWords matter. What a parent says to their child affects how that child acts, speaks, and believes. In Proverbs 22:6, parents are told to "Start children off on the way they should go," and given the promise that if they do so, "even when they are old they will not turn from it." How can parents start their children off right and train them in the way they should go? What sorts of words do build a child up and not tear them down?
Good Parenting Tips: What Not to Say to Your Child• You are so... Parents who praise a child for being smart or athletic or for some other quality may feel they are supporting their children. However, research indicates that being praised for a character trait, rather than effort, caused kids to be discouraged when they failed. Saying, "Your hard work on practicing sure paid off," or "I can tell you studied hard for that test," encourages children to be confident that they can tackle even more difficult challenges. (more…)
When a tree or a plant is healthy, it will bloom with nutritious fruits too. Likewise, as we depend on God's power to change us. We live by the Spirit-working in our lives to produce Christ-like character in us. The fruit of the Spirit is evident when we allow God to mold us. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will be all present in our lives. Here are 3 steps that we need to take in order to bear this fruit in our lives: 1. Decide to live by the spirit. (Galatians 5:16) 2. Be dependent on God's power to change you. (Zechariah 4:6) 3. Be directed by the Spirit in every situation. (Galatians 5:25)
John the Baptist is a very important Bible character in the New Testament. The Bible says that John the Baptist was a man who liked to be by himself. He often took time away to pray and seek God. He wore a garment made out of camel's hair, and his diet consisted mostly of locusts and wild honey. John the Baptist's main ministry was to baptize people in the water, which was a symbol of the new life they had in God. However, he told all of his followers that when the Messiah came, He would baptize them with the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist was a humble man, who didn't feel worthy to even untie the sandals that Jesus wore. He was honored when Jesus asked him to baptize Him in the Jordan River. The Bible says it was confirmed that Jesus was the Messiah when, "Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:10-11). Find out more about him, read: Matthew chapter 3 - "John the Baptist"