While organizing, a gem is found

Today, Jan 1s the start of a new year, and I felt an urge to organize. It started by making a bigger mess in our home, by moving furniture, LOL Some things were decluttered, with much more to go, but I think the end result will be wonderful and go far to making our home the haven I wish it to be.

I also have been organizing my computer. My husband bought me a new hard drive for Christmas (before you ask, YES, it was on my wish list, LOL) and so I have been cleaning up the old drive, and copying some files to the new one.  In doing so, I found this little list, called a parent’s  checklist hiding in my “My Documents” folder. I hope it blesses you as it did me.

A Parent’s Checklist

Hugged my child and told him, “I love you” (Luke 15:20)

Prayed specifically for my child

Listened carefully when my child wanted to talk. (Matthew 18:5)

Read to my child. (Proverbs 4:1-4)

Discussed God with my child. (I Tim 3:4)

Exhibited patience with my child. (I Cor 13:4)

Sang or listened to music with my child. (Psalm 8:2)

Spoke about his Daddy with loving respect. (Col. 3:18-19)

Did not expect behavior beyond his age capabilities. (I Cor13:11)

Punished his disobedience with appropriate measures.(Jer 17:10)

Helped my child learn something new. (Luke 2:52)

Encouraged my child to do something for someone else. (Gal 6:10)

Protected my child from evil and harmful influences (I Cor 13:6-7)

Challenged and helped my child to do something he thought he couldn’t do. (I Thess 5:14)

Did not punish my child when I was angry. (Psalm 103:8-14)

Exhibited good manners for my child to model. (Matt 7:9-12)

Praised my child for a character quality. (Gal 5:22-23)

Read the Bible to my child. (2 Tim 3: 15)

Prayed with my child (Matt 18:19-20

Modeled only the attributes I want my child to emulate (I Cor 4:16)

Laughed with, not at my child (Romans 12:15)

Thanked my child for something he did. (I Thess 5:18)

Gave my child some responsibility. (Titus 3:14)

Did not talk negatively about my child in his presence (Proverbs 12:18)

Praised and thanked my child more than I criticized him. (Proverbs 16:24)

Asked my child’s forgiveness when I was wrong. (James 4:6)

Forgave my child immediately (2 Cor 2: 7-8)

Made time to be alone with my child (Duet 6:7)

Did not make a promise to my child that I could not keep. (Eccl 5:5)

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