By Pr Ay Nee Ng

Mothers, please stand. We would like to acknowledge you for your love, dedication, and sacrifice for your family and pray for you.

Legacy of Love
By Anonymous

I’ve copied you Mother
My words echo your voice
You’re my shining example
The one of my choice

Not thinking about it
I’ve copied your style
The way you walk
The way you smile

You fashioned my dreams
You painted my hopes
I’ve learned to make knots
At the end of my ropes

We all learn to love
But no from a friend
I learned your strength
And when I should bend

Mum, you’ve mapped the way
To Heaven above
By teaching me kindness
By teaching me love

Mums, we know so well the checkout line scenario: a 3-4 year-old child wants this toy or this lolly; there is something that the child will pull from the rack that is not on our list “to buy,” and the child wants it NOW! The crying starts; the more we try to stop the child crying, the crying escalates into a full-blown tantrum.

No calling in life is tougher or more important than our calling as parents. Parenting is hard work, but the Bible gives parents practical help and advice. As Christian parents, we look for help and advice on raising children who would love the Lord from the Bible. We also make mistakes in raising our children, but we learn and ask God to help us. Our words and actions as a parent affect the development of their self-esteem more than anything else.  Thus, parenting is incredibly challenging and rewarding.

In the end, as Christian parents we have the responsibility of building a strong family because God cares for you and me, and what He wants is for us to have a strong family. He will help us if we allow Him. The good news is that God has shown us in the Bible His commands for families. If we follow the Bible, then we receive everything God created for us.

How to Be a Good Parent
Parents, being a parent can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of our life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. No matter what age group our children are, our work is never done.

Sometimes we feel at a lost on how to be a good parent. Well, we need to know how to make our children feel valued, loved, and appreciated while teaching them the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, and imparting a good valued system, which we have been taught or learned. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to create a nurturing environment where our children feel like they can thrive and develop into confident, independent, and caring adults who will take up the faith, love God, and fulfil the destiny God has for them.

Tips for Being Good Parents
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Prov. 22:6; NIV). “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6; KJV).

  • Love your children, seeing to their needs and not their wants.
  • Spend time with your child.
  • Be a good disciplinarian, understanding boundaries and borders so your children can come under authority, and yet encouraging them in their dreams and visions.
  • Help your children build a Godly character that goes a long way in their life, keeping them from trouble. Instil integrity, trustworthy, moral, and perseverance, and you will have confident children!

Have anyone seen the movie that is currently showing Eddie the Eagle? Behind Eddie were his mom and dad sacrificing their life savings so that Eddie could fulfil his dream of becoming an Olympician.

Taken to Wikipedia, Michael “Eddie” Edwards, nicknamed “Eddie the Eagle” by the media, is a British ski jumper and skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.

  • Born: December 5, 1963 (age 52), Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • Nationality: British
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Education: De Montfort University Twenty-six years after he (sort of) took to the air at the Olympics, Michael Edwards soars. … A quarter century ago British plasterer-turned-ski jumper Michael Edwards made a name for himself—Eddie the Eagle—by not skiing or jumping very well at the Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Tips for Building a Strong Family

  • Choose to serve the Lord. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15).
  • Obey God and solve problems with the Bible. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Josh. 1:8).
  • Whatever you do, do it for God. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24).
  • Walk in love (Eph. 5:2).
  • Be kind to one another (Eph. 4:32).
  • Ask God for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (Jas. 1:5).
  • Forgive one another. “…bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Col. 3:13).

Let us see a short testimony of a father’s love that encourages his son on.

Let us close with a prayer for building strong families.

Lord, we thank you that we are parents, and we ask for Your favour and blessings as you teach and show us afresh to be good parents that will build strong families with Your empowerment that will glorify You. We need Your help, Lord Jesus Christ, so that our families will have Your favour and blessings. We need Your help so that each child will grow strong and love You, serving You with their whole heart, never lacking in anything for You are our Provider, Shelter, and Helper. Help us so that each child grows with Your love and compassion for the lost, poor, sick and needy and build strong relationships and Godly families that will please and glorify You. Thank you lord, for You are growing this church family strong in Your word and in Your ways and deeds through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We ask all this in Jesus’ name Amen!