Surviving Parenting (3 of 4) by Stan Coffey

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Surviving Parenting (3 of 4)
Marriage and Family Survivor
Stan Coffey
Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Moses had instructions for God's people concerning their home and family. What a challenge it is for me to speak on this important subject that all of us need to hear something about, because you either have children or grandchildren, or you have nieces or nephews, or you know children as they run around here at the church. All of us have children who cross our path. We can all be a part of that parenting process. 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 and 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 door frames of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

I want to approach the subject by telling you that I don't claim to be an expert on this matter of parenting. I feel kind of like Charlie Shedd, who used to do a seminar on parenting. He was a single man doing a seminar entitled, "How to Raise Your Children." Then he got married and changed the title of his seminar to "Suggestions for Parents." Not very long after that, his first child came along, and he changed the title to "Feeble Hints for Fellow Strugglers." Then he had his third child, and he completely gave up doing the lecture. Many of us can identify with that. Perhaps you're like that lady who got on the bus with five children. The bus driver said, "Are these all your kids, or are you just going to a picnic?" She said, "Sir, these are all my kids, and this ain't no picnic." You may be like that mother who took her child, little Billy, to the first grade. When she got home, her husband asked, "Did Billy cry when you left him at school?" She said, "No, but the teacher did." Some of you teachers can identify with that as well. Let's think about what God has to say about how to ...

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