When you see signs of adolescence in your child, it's time to talk with them. As the parent of a preteen, your task is similar to that of a football coach who's trained his squad all through the late summer and early fall. Now the first game is about to occur, when direct coaching is not going to be possible. So the coach gathers the players in the locker room and makes one last speech before they take the field. He reminds them again of the fundamentals of the game, and gives them the old pep talk about winning. Similarly, as the parent of a preteen you've been teaching them through preschool and elementary years about right and wrong, what to believe, and how to behave. Now the big contest called adolescence is about to begin and your team will take the field. From that point forward, very little parental advice can be given. A Christian psychologist recommends that parents take an eleven- or twelve-year-old child on a 'preparing for adolescence" trip, during which moral values and family principles are repeated and emphasized: sex education and the physical changes of adolescence, the approaching social pressures, and other fundamentals that should be discussed. When you've done this, you've two things left to do: (1) Assure them you love them and will always be there for them, and that will never change. (2) Pray for them every day. And don't just pray, have confidence in the power of your prayers: " The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much . . . " (James 5:16).
"That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Galatians 3:14)
Through the cross of Christ and our vicarious life in Him, we who believe are become the children of Abraham. And so, we are made heirs in Him through His righteousness. All His promises are become ours and we are become a great people, a great kingdom, and inheritors of the great heavenly land. More so, we are granted the Spirit of faith! So go forth, you Christians, proclaiming the mercies of the Lord thereby increasing the very kingdom of God!
Week #45 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 1-3
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 33-36
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 128-130
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 5-6
Thursday: (Prophecy) Haggai
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 13-14
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 1-3