On Wednesday I went to a used book sale with a sweet friend, and as we were looking around at different tables, she became excited as she found several copies of something she was wanting to find for me at a Christian book store a few weeks ago.
Wise Words for Mom (click here to view on Amazon) is an answer to one of the most frequently asked questions, "How can I find passages of Scripture that will enable me to address heart issues?" Ginger Plowman has identified themes of response we find in our children and located passages of scripture that will address heart issues in richly biblical ways. Laid out in a calendar like format to hang on the wall for easy reference.
I am really excited about this. I was hoping to find a copy back when my friend mention this to me, and I'm so glad we found it - or should I say - SHE found it! In fact, there were eight copies sitting there and she grabbed all eight! She loves giving them to people - she believes in it that much.
"The heart of the righteous studies how to answer." Proverbs 15:28
As my children get older, I realize that I need to study how to address the different sinful actions they may take. Because "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but discipline will drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15
In the opening cover she writes, "It is not enough to use the Scriptures to rebuke wrong behavior. Rebuking wrong behavior without teaching right behavior will exasperate your children. Teach your children how to "put off" sinful behavior and how to "put on" righteous behavior.
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds." Ephesians 4:22-23
Here is just one example. It is set up in a five-column format with the following headings: Child's Behavior, Heart Probing, Reproof ("Put Off"), Encouragement ("Put On"), and Additional Verses.
Child's Behavior: Defiant Attitude, Defiant Look
Heart Probing: 1. Are you obeying or disobeying with your attitude? 2. Are you truly obeying when you obey with an unhappy heart?
Reproof: Defiance. It is wicked for you to harden your face and foolish for you to despise instruction. Proverbs 21:29, Proverbs 12:1
Encouragement: Submission. A wise heart accepts command and a happy heart makes the face cheerful. Proverbs 10:8, Proverbs 15:13
I love it. It lists such behaviors as discontentment, complaining, blame shifting/making excuses, bragging, selfishness, etc. (Twenty-two behaviors in all are listed!) Each giving heart probing questions, and each giving scripture of reproof and also scripture of encouragement.
So if, by chance, you've been looking for something like this, here it is! I often use the scripture "Children, obey your parents," with my kids (Caleb memorized that verse this past spring), but there is so much more scripture that goes along with our actions.
And I am quite sure that all of those scriptures will apply to my life as well.
"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26
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