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Oct
11

Consequences

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Carey Scott - Raising Godly Children bloggerLife has consequences.

And the older we get, the steeper they are.

As parents trying to raise kids God’s way, your children need to grasp this concept now.  It’s our job to make sure they understand that their actions can be costly.

When your kids make bad choices, it is important that you allow them to suffer the consequences rather than save your children from them.

What better place to learn this truth than from the safety of your home.

The other day, I was in the store and there was a mom whose three out-of-control kids were running up and down the aisles.  She was talking on the phone and not paying much attention until the youngest started pulling the shredded cheese off the hooks and throwing the bags onto the floor.

“Stop it now,” the mom said!  “If you do that again, I’m going to take that Hot Wheels car and toss it in the trash!”

The child stopped… stared at his mom… and resumed the game of cheese toss.

Rather than make good on her threat, she just turned around and walked to the next aisle continuing to talk on her phone.

A store employee came over and told the child to stop.  The kid laughed and ran to the next aisle where his mom was shopping – Hot Wheels car still in hand.

Un… believable.

This mom missed a perfect opportunity to teach her son that there are consequences to his actions.  A lesson best learned from a young age.

Because the bigger the kid… the bigger the cost.

Now with that said, I am also a firm believer in giving children grace.  It tempers the tendency for legalism.  And when we offer grace, we teach our kids to offer it, too.

When Wayne and I give one of our kids grace from a penalty, we make sure they understand that their offense is punishable… but we are extending grace.  It’s a chance to remind them that Jesus Christ did that for us when He died on the cross… that His death pardoned sins that were ours to pay.

And I am so thankful for that.

Listen, grace is a blessing.  Don’t miss the opportunity to extend it from time to time.

Proverbs 19:20 says,

“Take good counsel and accept correction… that’s the way to live wisely and well.”

I want my kids to live wise and well.  I bet you do, too.

When they ignore our advice and make bad choices, they need to have consequences.

  • It will teach them right from wrong.
  • They will learn about cause and effect.
  • It will help them make wiser choices in the future.

But… if we tolerate our children’s offenses, they will continue down that same path expecting the world to tolerate their offenses as well.

It won’t.

Sisters, are you allowing your kids to pay the time for the crime… or are you sheltering them from consequences?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carey Scott is an inspirational speaker and writer, honest about her walk with the Lord, stumbles, fumbles and all.  She loves to challenge women to be real and authentic. Through her blog she encourages women to stop living a mediocre, risk-free life and instead step onto the battlefield.  She is a weekly blogger on CWAHM and serves as the Wednesday host on the Moms Together Facebook community. Carey is also a member of the speaking and writing team for LeadHer.  She and her husband live in Colorado with their two kids.

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  2. Pebbles Jacobo says:

    Another awesome article, Carey! Thank you for sharing.

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