Tag Archives: authority

praying for my husband

12 Apr

 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Timothy 2:1 (NASB)

Yesterday, as I was reading and praying, I came across this verse.  What got my attention was the part that said, “on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority.”

 I thought of my own husband and the position of authority that he has.  I am called to “entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings”  to be made on behalf of him.  So… I am to earnestly pray, making both requests and giving thanks.

I love that the verse doesn’t leave me wondering what sort of requests.  It goes on to say, “that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”  What beautiful, descriptive words to pray for all men, but especially those who are in authority, and most specifically, the authority within my own home.

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Who’s ruling the roost when you aren’t there?

27 Apr

I walked into the house yesterday to find my two youngest children with their noses in separate corners. Attempting to conquer another area in the yard, I had been working with the others outside.  These two had come in a little ahead of me to play a game of cards, which apparently wasn’t as “fun” as they expected and they ended up with their noses in the corners of the dining room.

What happens when we (as parents) are not home? How are the children cared for? How do they communicate? How are they disciplined?

My favorite place to be is at home, yet sometimes I need to be away. Whether it is simply a few hours or an extended period of time, the children’s caretakers should be informed of what we expect.  What is acceptable  behavior and what is not? How should the unacceptable be addressed? What form of discipline do we trust the caregiver to use? Although this may look different in each home, it is worth taking the time to be prepared.

Through the years, our older children have become aware of the house standards.  Authority has been given to them in our absence, and likewise they have earned our trust and respect in handling it.  Not everyone has the luxury of built in sitters in the home. In fact, it took us many years to get to that point! Whoever it is that steps in to that role for your family, be sure to give them some tools to work with.  Don’t let those sweet little ones rule the roost!

Loving older sis took the time to confront the kiddos, discipline, and follow through with some constructive instruction. Much to my appreciation, she even thought to have them fold their hands behind their backs, keeping the muddy fingers off of our freshly painted walls!