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Give Them Wisdom

Former Westminster Christian Academy Superintendent, Merida Brooks, has spent decades teaching parents wisdom from God's Word. In this series, Give Them Wisdom, Mrs. Brooks shares practical parenting insights straight from Scripture.
 

 
 
The enemy distorts the character of parents in the mind of children using these three steps.
 
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The enemy attacks your children using these same four steps found in Daniel chapter 1.
 
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Because of your perspective, you can teach and prepare your children what to expect before they experience “The Lie” and/or “The Attack.”
 
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God and His Word are our umbrella of protection, but God has given parents to their children as umbrellas of protection as well.
 
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When your children know they are important in your eyes, it helps them to know they are important in God's eyes.
 
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There is power in the words you speak to your children. Consider these three thoughts concerning "blessing not cursing."
 
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Your words must be of enough value to you that you keep them; or your words will not have value enough to your children that they will obey them!
 
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If the foundation of God’s throne is justice and righteousness, we can confidently conclude that this should also be the foundation of our relationships. Righteousness is doing what is right. Justice is dealing with situations and people in a just manner based on what is right. Consider three thoughts concerning justice in your relationship with your children.
 
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By laying our children’s lives over our lives we get a perspective that can challenge us to make the most of the time we have been given to help our children set their “default buttons” and lay a Biblical foundation in their lives.

 

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Most of our children's future will be formed in light of what we've poured into them in their formative years. Consider the input and decisions throughout your child's life.

 

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Children want and need responsibility. As parents we can nurture their growth in all areas through The Nurture Principle. The Greek word for “nurture” reveals three parts. All three parts must be present for true Biblical nurture to take place.
 
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As a parent, your goal is to disciple your child’s heart and mind, leading them to Jesus in such a manner that walking with Him will be a way of life.
 
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The motivation for discipline is love. You love your children enough to take time to teach, train and disciple their hearts and minds. This is consistent with how God Loves us. Consider these elements of the motivation for discipline.
 
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The necessity for discipline lies in its ability to drive out foolishness. On this video, Merida Brooks describes the 4 stages of foolishness and how to navigate them as a parent.
 
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The necessity for discipline lies in its ability to drive out foolishness. On this video, Merida Brooks further unpacks the 4 stages of foolishness, how each stage manifests in a child, and how a parent should respond in each stage. Real life examples from her own parenting experiences makes this a must watch video.
 
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The goal of discipline is for our children to gain wisdom. Proper correction and discipline both drives foolishness away AND makes way for wisdom. On this video Merida Brooks teaches on wisdom and gives a practical resource you can use at home to teach your children the difference between wise and foolish choices.
 
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There is a difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline reaches the heart while punishment can crush a spirit. In this session, Mrs. Brooks discusses two types of discipline as revealed in Scripture, Biblical reasons for discipline, what to use in Biblical discipline and when to discipline our children. 
 
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If your children do not learn to trust and obey you, who they can see, how much more difficult will it be to trust and obey God, Whom they cannot see? This is the second part of a two-part teaching on Life Giving Biblical Discipline: How to Properly Administer the Rod of Correction. 
 
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As a parent, you are the line that connects the past to the future. You can give your children a spiritual heritage that relates practically to their relationship with Christ in everyday life. In this session, Merida Brooks introduces the overall concept of the four methods of teaching our children found in God's Word.
 
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The Hebrew definition for teach includes learning or causing to know with certainty by seeing, hearing and/or experiencing. As a parent it is your responsibility to develop your children's seeing of God in everyday life. This session continues to lay the foundation for giving your children a spiritual heritage they can call their own. 
 
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As a parent, you are the line that will connect the past to the future for your children. You can give your children a spiritual heritage that reveals the practicality of their relationship with Christ to everyday life. The fingerprints of God are everywhere – in creation and in the events of our lives. Ask God to open your eyes to see Him so you can teach your children to do the same.
 
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