Today is the week two wrap up for the study we are doing on 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son. If you are doing the study with us, here is where we converse about the daily study. Contribute to the conversation anytime by leaving your thoughts in the comment field. Make sure you check the box for “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” so the conversation isn’t just one-way and you can also respond to comments. If you have insight into parenting boys but aren’t necessarily doing the study with us, you are also free to join the conversation!
I thought week one was challenging, but week two has really got me thinking.
A few years ago, when my oldest son was still a tot, someone challenged me to pray for him to be a light in darkness rather more than I pray for his protection.
Like any mother, I will not stop praying for my sons’ protection but I am gaining a better understanding of praying for them to overcome and be light in darkness. This chapter made things a bit clearer to me.
I confess… some of the temptations this world will serve them scare the heck out of me. I don’t want them to suffer the consequences of the sin that will crouch at their door. I worry every time they are in front of computer screen. When a friend has an iPod touch near them. Every time they get that glazed look in their eyes from playing video games.
But God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (or a sound mind). (2 Timothy 1:7)
Which means that if I’m going to teach self-control, I’d better model it by not having such a spirit of fear when it comes to the things my sons’ may face. I was challenged this week that in these young and formative years, with prayer and God’s leading my job as a mom is to pour Jesus into them so they will see He is bigger than themselves and they will hear His voice and learn to respond to it. Easier said than done.
However, we did get to practice a little “Stop, Listen and Think” this week. I gave my son some money to run into Jamba Juice to pick up an order for us. He said while he was waiting, he thought about buying one of their new lip balms. Before making a bad decision, he stopped, thought about it (he skipped the prayer) and realized it wasn’t the right thing to do.
There is always a way out of temptation.
I’ll take baby steps in the right direction any day knowing there will always be a few steps back along the way.
So I’m encouraged…
Pray for self-control more than I pray against temptation. We will all be tempted until Jesus returns.
Pray that Jesus will become their master rather than something created for this world.
Pray for power, love, a sound mind and self-control.
How have you been able to overcome temptation?
How have you experienced teaching this to your children so far?
If you’re studying with us, what challenged you this week?