“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’
But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Consistency is the key, especially for Mothers. That is the angle that I am going for with today’s devotion. Mothering consistently.
We must be consistent with our children. If we say yes one day and no the next we are not only sending mixed signals, we are also encouraging our children to be unreliable and unstable in their decision making.
I think that one of the hardest things for a Mother is to tell your child no and then watch them pout. They know this and are very good at exploiting it. This is where we need to stick to our guns and let our yes be yes and our no be no. So that when we tell our children yes or no, the KNOW what we mean.
It does not matter if they kick, scream, throw a tantrum, and spew out those dreaded three words, “I hate you!” They really love us. They really need consistency and guidance. This world is filled with undisciplined children growing up in unstable homes with inconsistent parents. It is a recipe for disaster.
Jesus said, “Let you yes be yes, and your no be no!”
Now do it!
Daddy God, Help me to be the Mother You created me to be. Help me to train my children up by example. Help me to be consistent and reliable. Help me to show them how to be people who mean what they say and say what they mean. Help me to set a good example for them And thank You for entrusting them to me. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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