Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Micah 6:8

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
I think many christians at some point in their walk with the Lord find a verse that really speaks to them. It's a verse that really hits them deep for whatever reason. Micah 6:8 is mine. Sure many other verses have made life changing impact in my life, but this one shapes every choice I make. It's a "rule" I live by.
When making a choice this verse inspires me to ask 3 questions:
Is it JUST?
As an adult, that one verse is enough to keep myself in line. Children however, require a bit more direction. So were born our house rules. Each rule is based on scripture because there is no better place to turn than to the word of God when you need to know how to raise your child!
House rules
1. Be Kind
Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

2. Obey the first time.
Ephesians 6:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

3. Be Happy, Speak only of good things.
Psalms 34:1
I will bless the Lord at all time: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

4. Never lie. Always tell the truth.
Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

5. Treat others how you want to be treated.
Matthew 7:12
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

6. Do not whine or complain.
Phil 2:14
Do all things without murmurings and disputings.

7. The first answer is the answer; do not nag.
Ephesians 6:1
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

8. Show respect.
Romans 12:10
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.

9. Share what you have.
Deuteronomy 15:11
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy need, in thy land.

The kids all have or are working on memorizing these verses and the rule that goes with them.
We've also used them for copy work for repetative infractions.
I have also found the Child Training Bible to be a great resource.
I wish I could take credit for this idea, but the idea and most rules came from Trivium Academy.


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