Daily Devotional – 11/1/11 “And you call yourself a parent!”

In the bible, Psalm 127:3, says “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”  Now, I know that some were unexpected, unplanned and came at the most inopportune time, but you had to know that having sex could cause pregnancy right?  Whether you used protection, the only 100% way to avoid this is abstaining.  For some, the pregnancies(y) were planned and others a trap set to keep a man.  However, your child (ren) came about, they are here and God blessed YOU with him, her or them.

So why do you treat them so bad, ignore them, mistreat them, throw them away and give up on them?  This is not for the parent(s) that will go to the ends of the earth for their child, willing & able to do all they can for their child (even when they do wrong) or punish them when they need it.  But this is for the deadbeat moms or dads who actually calls themselves parents but never acts like it.  How can you expect your 16-year-old daughter to go to school, take care of younger siblings, cook and clean and then work?  Then when she gets a job, you expect her to give you her entire check when she has to work because you told her that you weren’t taking care of her anymore.  Or, you’ve been drawing social security because her dad died and you haven’t once given it to her or taken care of her the way that you should have but as soon as she becomes 18 and starts drawing the check herself, you want half or all and then gets mad and put her out! Chile, stop it! You should be ashamed of yourself.  You think that you’re being blessed by hurting a blessing that God has given you?  No, ma’am, God doesn’t work like that.  1st Timothy 5:8 says But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” And you have to wonder why your blessings and prayers are hindered. 

We wonder why young women in this day & time are so reckless and not able to maintain a job or home, when they haven’t been taught.  We expect them to cook dinner but never take the time to show them how.  We expect them to clean a bathroom or kitchen spotless, make a bed or handle household business; but never take the time to show them how.  We expect them to be good wives and mothers, but we never show them how to be that.  Then we sit back and judge them so harshly when the bible states in Titus 2:3-4, “Likewise, older women are to show their reverence for God by their behavior. They are not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of goodness. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.”  How can we expect them to be faithful to one man, when you have them running in and out of your door?  How can we expect them to take care of their bodies, when you rarely wash yours?  How can we expect them to save themselves for marriage when you’re telling them they were born with a money-maker?  Girl, sit down somewhere and raise your daughter to be a women after God’s heart, a Proverbs 31 woman!

We wonder why young men are careless and always talking down to a young lady when they haven’t been taught how to be respectful?  It doesn’t matter that a father or male figure wasn’t around, because mom can do just as well.  You expect him to be a man, when you constantly tell him he won’t be nothing like his no-good daddy.  You expect him to be a great husband but you’ve never taught him how to be a man of his household because you’ve never taught him how to care for himself, wash his own clothes or balance a checkbook.  You tell him that he needs to fend for himself and then wonder why he is out robbing at 14.  You don’t tell him about the importance of school and then wonder why he drops out at 16.  You don’t teach him about the importance of waiting to have sex or the safe way to do it and then cry when he has a STD or 6 babies by the age of 18.  Be a momma!  Be a dad!  Stop acting like you’re a teenager when you’re in your 30s or older.  Stop club hopping every weekend, drinking and smoking like its ok.  Teach your children how to be productive young men and young women. 

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads, Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Didn’t grandma raise you right on the word of God?  Wasn’t momma there to raise you better than the way you raise your children?  Why are you so quick to throw in the towel when your child makes mistakes but you’re quick to raise someone else’s child?  Kids, young & old, will make mistakes because no one is perfect but God.  Haven’t you realized by now that once you’re down and old, these same children you’re walking over will be responsible for you?  Don’t be too quick to give up on them because they may just return the favor and then you’ll be sitting in a nursing home crying because no one will visit you. 

Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Even if they do stray, if you build a solid foundation from the beginning, they’ll come back.  It’s like a house that is blown away in a tornado.  Usually the only thing left is the foundation which allows you to rebuild.  It is the same way with children.  Start off with a strong foundation of Christ and his commandments and if they ever leave, they will have something to return to and to rebuild on.  I know that times get hard and sometimes you feel like giving up, but someone cared for you when you needed it.  You can’t be mad or sad when they are consumed by the streets if that’s the only choice you’ve given them.  Stop giving up so easily on your child.  Sometimes you have to take your hands off but that’s only when you have placed them in God’s hands.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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