Welcome to the Toddler's Toolbox!

The Heart We Want:
Desiring God’s direction and involvement; a heart of love and delight and encouragement
(Judges 13:8; I Thessalonians 2:7-8, 11-12).

The Goal We Reach For:
To continuously train our children to fear and love God (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Ephesians 6:1-4).

The Reason We Seek God in our Parenting:
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,” says God. (Isaiah 55:9)

Five Lessons from Proverbs

Raising our kids and helping them to know God is the most important job we have as parents. The Proverbs provide a wealth of wisdom on many topics...one of which is seeking advice and learning from the input of others. Five key lessons:

1) Seek help (God knows we need it!)
  • Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
  • Proverbs 18:15: The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
2) Advisors bring victory (Isn't this what we want for our children?)
  • Proverbs 11:14: For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.
  • Proverbs 25:12: Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
3) Without instruction, bad things happen (to us and our kids!)
  • Proverbs 19: 27: Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
  • Proverbs 21:16: A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
4) Without instruction, you hurt others (including your children!)
  • Proverbs 10:17: He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
5) Without instruction, we are stupid (ouch!)
  • Proverbs 12:1: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

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