When I became a parent 8 years ago, I knew that my number one life goal was to raise beautiful individuals who loved Jesus whole-heartedly and did not need to recover from childhood trauma. The reality of life very quickly made its appearance; with the constant changes and evolutions happening in the world, I realized it was going to be very challenging to know what the right decisions were. I knew that it was going to be crucial for me to seek wisdom in my parenting journey. The word of God, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, continues to be my guiding light as I navigate my parenting journey.
The Bible tells us that wisdom is a gift from God. In 1 Kings 3:9 (NIV), King Solomon asks God for wisdom, saying, "Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong." God is pleased with Solomon's request and grants him not only wisdom, but also wealth and honor. Solomon's example teaches us that wisdom is something we should value above all else. As parents, we can learn from Solomon's request and ask God for wisdom as we guide our children. Let’s explore the power of God's wisdom in parenting, together, and discover how we can seek it through faith.
The Definition of Wisdom
Wisdom is often defined as the ability to make good judgments and decisions. However, in the Bible, wisdom is not just about making the right choices, but also about having a deep understanding of God's ways and purposes. Proverbs 9:10 (NIV) states, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
As parents, it is essential for us to seek a deeper relationship with God, above all else. When we know the Father’s heart towards us and we lead with wisdom, we can discern the best course of action for our children, even when the situation may be unclear.
The Benefits of Wisdom
Wisdom brings numerous benefits to our lives, including those of our children. Proverbs 3:13-18 (NIV) describes the benefits of wisdom: "Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, those who hold her fast will be blessed."
When we have wisdom, we can guide our children on the right path, which leads to a better and more fulfilling life. Through God’s wisdom, we will lead by example, and our children will be blessed and they will be a blessing to everyone that they encounter.
Seeking Wisdom from God
To seek wisdom from God, we need to have faith and a close relationship with Him. James 1:5 (NIV) says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." How can we seek wisdom in our parenting journey?
Here are some steps to take:
• Pray for wisdom.
We can ask God for wisdom in our prayers, just as Solomon did. When we pray for wisdom, we show our dependence on the Holy Spirit and trust that He will guide us in the right direction.
• Read and study the Bible.
The Bible is alive and full of wisdom and guidance for parents. We can take our daily bread from the book of Proverbs and apply what the word teaches us in our own lives.
• Seek wise counsel.
It is essential to surround ourselves with wise and godly people who can offer us advice and guidance. We can seek counsel from trusted friends, family members, pastors, or mentors who have experience in parenting.
• Practice discernment.
Discernment is the ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong through the leading of the Holy Spirit. As parents, we need to practice discernment in our decision-making and guide our children to do the same.
As parents, we have a significant responsibility to guide our children through life's ups and downs. Seeking wisdom from God is essential in fulfilling this responsibility. Let us value wisdom as Solomon did, seek it with all our hearts and apply God's word. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Women of Reverence welcomes Samantha Gillion as a guest contributor for our theme this month.
Samantha Gillion is a dedicated Child of God with a deep passion for helping others unlock their full potential. As a proud wife of almost 10 years and a loving mother of two beautiful children, Samantha understands the importance of faith, perseverance, and nurturing relationships. With a finance degree, a Leadership certificate, and expertise as a qualified Image Consultant and Stylist, Samantha started Prime Perceptions an Image Management and Leadership Consulting firm in 2023. She is committed to empowering others through her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and her genuine love for working with people. Samantha's impact extends beyond her professional achievements. She is also a self-published author of the inspiring book "Love Says, Discover and believe the Love God has for you," which explores the transformative power of God’s love in our lives.
For inquiries, speaking engagements, or collaboration opportunities, please reach out to Samantha at Samanthagillion@primeperceptions.com. To learn more about Prime Perceptions, visit her website at http://www.primeperceptions.com Follow Samantha on @sam_gillion_ for daily inspiration and valuable insights.