Thursday, July 2, 2009

Purity's Front Lines


Porn and Purity, Christian Education by Rebecca Ingram Powell
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The battle for your child’s purity begins with prayer. If you want to capture her heart for Jesus, you must first understand that hearts are His business.
  • Pray that God would give you opportunities to talk openly with your child about the wonderful gift of sex in age-appropriate ways.
  • Pray that, through those simple conversations, the Holy Spirit would turn your child’s heart toward purity and holiness.
  • Ask God to give your child the courage to go against the culture and follow hard after Christ.
And do not hesitate to pray with your child! Let him see and hear you going to the Father on his behalf.
When my children each turned five, we began the practice of praying for their spouse. Unless the Lord has blessed them with the gift of singleness, odds are that they are going to be married one day.
  • That person is real.
  • That person needs prayer.
  • That person will battle tough times and difficult days.
  • That person needs Jesus.
I truly believe that knowing there is a real person out there that God will put them together with (when the time is right) has been helpful to my teens. It has been essential in their seeing the big picture and understanding more distinctly God's plan for purity.
Learning as I go,

Rebecca

2 comments:

Mommy to Constance said...

How true! Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have. Growing up I knew my mom prayed for my future spouse. Those prayers resulted in all three of us (my mom, my husband- to-be and myself) meeting on an airplane 7 years ago. What is even more exiting is that all three of us heard from God on that airplane that this young man and I were supposed to be husband and wife.

Now that I am a mom, I realize the importance of praying for Constance's future spouse and for his parents (that they would raise him in a Godly home, that generational issues would not fall to their son etc…). I like your idea about praying with your children about their spouse. That is something my husband and I will have to do with her when she is older.

Jane In The Jungle said...

I never thought of it in those terms....to pray for the person out there that God has chosen for them.

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