My heart aches for those children who suffer at the hands of their parents. I had attended a retreat where Dorie Van Stone shared her life story. Hearing Dorie’s story was heart wrenching. She was given up by her unwed mother to an orphanage where she was emotionally, physically, verbally and sexually abused. She was adopted out of this orphanage by a cruel man whose family continued the abuse, only to be rescued out of this home and placed into another unloving home.
If not for knowing the love of God, Dorie could not have survived. Both her biological mother and father each told her that she was unloved and unwanted. Yet she held onto the truth that God loved her and wanted her. She not only survived her horrific circumstances, but she thrived as a “daughter of the King.” She held fast to the promises in the Bible, and today as a great-grandmother she shares her testimony, telling others of the saving grace of God.
I have close friends, family and neighbours who have suffered at the hands of their parents. It sickens me. Being a parent is a privilege, and having a child is a gift from God. Nowhere is there a mandatory course that wannabe parents must take. However, there are good books on the market. My favourite books come from Barbara Coloroso. Her books are also brought to life in her videos. Another good book is Stormie Omartian’s “The Power of a Praying Parent”. However, the best book on parenting is the Good Book, the Bible.
The Bible is a wonderful instruction manual on how to raise children. I especially like the book of Proverbs. This book is full of wise words on a variety of topics. The counsel offered is easy to remember and a good teaching tool.
The Bible tells us that we as parents are to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into the task of raising our children. We are given the mandate to exert strong positive influence over our children. Parents are responsible to direct our children in the ways of God and equip them to make wise choices in their lives.