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Our adult children share the benefits of being taught Proverbs…
In my last blog post, I shared the importance of sharing the book of Proverbs with your children. I recounted how my husband had read through and discussed Proverbs with each of our four children. He met with them individually one month each year until he or she graduated from High school. This began after each had become a Christian, so Proverbs was read 8-12 years depending upon their age of salvation. We found this to be a very fruitful study for them and began to see the Word really take root in their daily lives.
Our four children are all now grown and married with children of their own. I posed this question to them recently. “How did reading Proverbs with your Dad over the years affect your lives?” I now will share each of their responses to this question in their own words…
Our oldest, Billy, replied in this way. “It showed me what Godly discipline looked like in watching Dad’s consistency as he read Proverbs every January for years. It revealed Dad’s desire for me to read the Word and apply it to my life. It helped me in my achieved goal of saving myself until marriage for my wife. And it showed me the need for Godly wisdom in my day to day life.”
Our second son, Timothy, shared these thoughts. “Reading Proverbs so often with Dad was very helpful through my life in teaching me about making wise decisions in every aspect of my life, whether in choosing my friends or my wife and just choices in life in general. It showed me the importance in seeking wisdom from the Lord more than worldly thought or things. Erin, my wife, and I are going through Proverbs right now and I will definitely read it with my four sons as they become older.”
Katy, our oldest daughter, responded this way. ” Proverbs is still my favorite book of the Bible. I liked being able to ask Daddy questions as we read through the chapters. That helped me understand it better. I still often read my Proverb for the day and I will definitely read it with my children.”
Kristen, our youngest, share these thoughts. “I appreciate it now as an adult that Dad took the time to go through the Word with us consistently each year. I knew it was coming and that it was important, though I often did not appreciate it as a kid. (Dad was consistent in telling proverbial jokes too. (ex.- the leach has 2 daughters, crying give, give). These times of reading Proverbs helped me come to an understanding of the importance of having wisdom and knowledge in my life as the greater concept. I saw Dad’s spiritual leadership in our family. He took time to do this . It was a great example to me of a Godly father who wanted to expose me to God’s Word. And it was also a picture that helped me see what kind of husband and father to my children that I would want.”
So whether it is Proverbs or any of the Bible…. teach your children the Word of God and it will not return void but bring fruit when they are old….