Feb 7 2013

Leading Gently

After yesterday’s realization at Bible study, today’s MOPs presentation was a great follow up. Our mentor mom gave us an overview of The Five Love Languages for Children, then we watched part of a Hearts at Home presentation from Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar.

Michelle had some good tips. How can I gently lead? By training my children. As a mom, the most important character qualities I should display to them are love and meekness. Show them love and ask for forgiveness when I make a mistake.

The most fundamental qualities I need to train my children to have are attentiveness, obedience, and self control. Once I can expect these things from them, leading should be much easier because they will be trained to listen and obey my voice.

Michelle uses this chart and reminds her kids as she teaches them these character qualities that her number one desire for them is to have a right relationship with God by loving Him with all their heart, soul, and mind.

Here are some other resources Michelle has posted.

Feb 6 2013

Good and Gentle Shepherd

This week for our Encounter Bible study, we dove into John 10. Jesus declares that He is the Good Shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:14-15 ESV

After our small group discussion, we joined the other small groups for a lecture. One thing that stuck out to me about the Messiah as shepherd was this:

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 40:11 ESV

He will gently lead those that are with young. What a comforting thought! The Good Shepherd will not drive us. He will not beat us to go further. He will stop when we need rest. As a mom in the early years of mothering, I am glad for the fact that my Savior will lead me gently with my young; He will not give me more than I can handle (even though it seems that way at times).

I also need to be a gentle shepherd to my little flock. Sometimes I try to drive them when they need carrying. Sometimes I keep going when they need rest.

Lord, help me to be a kind, gentle shepherd, like you, to my little lambs.

How can I lead gently?