“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove
the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my
Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
I was so encouraged in the ebook when Brooke stated "You can not change the heart of your boys. You can't. Period." Only the Lord can change their heart. It is my job to keep them before the Lord and train them up as He instructs in His Word. Many days, I become weary and overwhelmed with thoughts of "What will they become?", and it was a great reminder that God is in CONTROL! There is a plan for each of our boys!
Encouragement from Brooke
Integrity can be defined as firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values or the quality or state of being complete or undivided.
Someone who stands up for what is right no matter who is around.
I have a feeling that integrity is probably caught rather than bought. As our sons see us in situations that demand a choice to walk in integrity, we can create natural, life-giving conversations explaining to them why we chose the way we did. Life is full of opportunities to choose the easy way instead of the way of integrity, but a man of integrity “ponders the way that is blameless” (Psalm 101:2). Pausing to help our sons understand why we chose the way of integrity over what might have seemed to be a better or easier way trains their minds to ponder the blameless way.
“He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life … ” Proverbs 11:19
Goal for today:
- Pray the prayers on page 19 titled "Integrity" one at a time throughout the day (inserting your sons name).
- Did you know that we can’t give our sons something we don’t have? Look back over the last week or month of your life. One of the BEST things we can do for our sons is to admit when we’ve sinned and ask them to forgive us for it. Show your sons the power of humility and use every opportunity, even your failures, to teach them to walk in the truth. What a wonderful God we serve, who allows even our sin to draw our sons closer to Him!
May__________walk before You, as David his father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that God has commanded him, and keeping His statutes and His rules (1 Kings 9:4).
Till he dies, may__________never put away his integrity (Job 27:5).
May__________ponder the way that is blameless and walk with integrity of heart within God’s house
May__________show himself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in his teaching show integrity, dignity (Titus 2:7).
Like Joseph, may__________hear the word of the Lord and obey (from Luke 1:27).
Like Daniel, may__________resolve not to defile himself (from Daniel 1:8).
Like Paul, may__________learn to be content in any situation (Philippians 4:11).
Like Timothy, may__________set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
Like David with Goliath, may__________stand up for the living God (1 Samuel 17).
Like Abraham, may__________obey God in faith (Genesis 12).