Pay Attention

Pay close attention, my child, to your father’s wise words and never forget your mother’s instructions.  For their insight will bring you success, adorning you with grace-filled thoughts and giving you reins to guide your decisions. Proverbs 1:8-9 TPT

I told my daughter the other day that I was going to write a book for her. It was going to tell her treatments for all minor illnesses and what not to do based on my discoveries. For example, sweet oil for earaches, never peppermint oil as an alternative. It does however make you forget about your earache.

Cinnamon oil in baby oil may keep the no-see-ums from biting your legs, but you should always apply on a small area first to make sure you’re not allergic to it. Hives vs bites are not a good thing. All I can say is some people just learn through hands on lessons.

There are some things I’ve never experienced and have no point of reference to. But the lessons I have learned are only passed on to those who will listen. I can’t speak into those who have no desire to know. Neither can you, so stop beating yourself up when your children refuse to hear you. That feeling of frustration you’re experiencing right now, that’s merely the feeling of lost control over something you were never meant to have.

That’s why Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Your training time is when they’re young. If they come to you as an adult, you can tell them to read the entire book of Proverbs in various translations until they learn the path of wisdom for themselves.

I can pass things on to my children, but only if they wish to know. I can share stories of my own walk with God and the instructions I received, but it may not work for them. They must seek their own instructions and know that they will be different, God is particular that way. There are no shortcuts to relationship with Him. When you seek Him, you will find Him, but only when you desperately seek Him with your whole heart.

Sandy G

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