Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Good Friend Motivates

Did you struggle, as a child, with making friends? Do your children struggle with making friends? 









Friendships are a bit challenging for me. As I sit here thinking back to friendships that I had when I was young, I still see how much I struggled to maintain those relationships.



Encourage Good Choices




When you look at your children, it is important not to judge the choices that they make and be careful that you do not compare your experiences with friendship choices with those that your children make.




Yes, they may make poor decisions and they may become like those that they spend time with.  Help them to see the hard times that might lay ahead of them if they have friends that do not make the wisest of choices.




I know that some of my friends did drugs. Well, nowadays, this particular one is legalized in some states. However, back in the day, it wasn't. Spending time with these friends could have lead me into trouble, but it didn't. I knew better than to partake in anything that they did. But the possibility for bad choices was there.







Help Your Child Choose Friends Wisely




1. Keep them grounded in the Word. 



They need a firm foundation, so nourish them with God's Word.



2. Talk to them about peer pressure.



Explain to your child that someone, at some point, is going to say, " It is cool to smoke; do drugs; lie." Then go as far as to explain what the consequences might be for such actions.



3. Good friends motivate you.



Make sure your child knows that a good friend motivates. He is there to encourage the best out of your child. Like for instance, reminding your child to study for an upcoming test; to go out for a sport, etc. A good friend will not lead you down the wrong path.









Proverbs 12:26 NIRV 




Godly people are careful about the friends they choose. But the way of sinners leads them down the wrong path.



Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




I lift my children up to You. I pray that You will surround them with wise friends. Help my children to remember that a good friend motivates them to do their best. A good friend is one that knows and follows Your will, Father, and encourages the same from them. Keep them safe from those that will try to lead them down the wrong path. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.













Don't Forget To Absorb


 Lay A Firm Foundation For Your Child


Tips for the Why? Questions


Need To Improve Your Child's Self Esteem?












Did you struggle, as a child, with making friends?
Does your child struggle?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I am happy to help carry your load.

























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