Lead by Example

How many times I fall short of this.  Oh, to be a momma and so desire to teach those which the Lord has given me to disciple, through nurturing, loving, educating, and protecting, yet I can cause them to stumble by my own sinful example!  This gem of truth came in my email today {see below and visit here to sign up to receive daily email devotionals and truth in your inbox}.  God's timing is always impectible!  My prayer for grace and wisdom to set a right example; that Christ would abound and I would not.

A Mother
"A Mother's Love" by Ron DiCianni

Oh Lord, help me to lead by my example and not cause my children to stumble.  Lord, You are such a loving and merciful God.  That your love for me was so great that You laid your life down to pay the penalty of all my sins!  I ask that You would give me wisdom to train the children you have given me according to your word and that your Spirit would rule me, instead of the sinful flesh.  Lord, I pray for daily grace...even moment to moment grace to set a godly example for these impressionable ones.  I am weak, yet you are strong.  Lord, reign in me.  Amen

(The life and letters of John Angell James)

If you are parents, let your profession lead you to instruct your children in the fear of God, especially by the impressive admonition of a good example. Be very attentive to the spiritual education of your children--let them neither hear nor see anything in you which would hinder true religion. Example is more powerful than precept. It is vain to teach them religion by your words--unless you show it to them by your actions.

Teach them to obey you.
Be firm, but mild.
Govern them in love.
Subdue them by kindness.

One quote I have written in the mini-quote collection book I compiled which I find most exhorting is:

"My darling precious children!  For their sakes I am continually constrained to seek after an amended, a sanctified life; what I want them to become I must become myself."  ~ Mrs. E. Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward

Mothers, will you join me in the call to be a godly example to our children; to show them real Christianity by our examples and in doing so, to ask forgiveness when we fall short?  May the Lord's grace and wisdom be upon you {and I} as we seek to live as unto Him.

Blessings ~

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1 comment:

Make a Joyful Noise all ye Lands said...

Dear Jarnette,
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem. May the Lord continue to bless you and give you His wisdom as you seek to serve Him with all of your heart.