How to Build Up Our Kids in the Lord


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The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Proverbs 14:1

A mother is a powerful influence over her children. We can build up or tear down our families with our words and actions. Left to ourselves, it would be a terrible mess. However, God gives us grace in abundance when we seek His face. He’s faithful to His word and will provide all the tools necessary for a Christian mother to raise her children if she puts her trust in Him. How can we B.U.I.L.D. up our children?

B – Be a good example (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Spiritually: Pray for and with our children so they can see the results. Results matter!
Emotionally: Consider how we handle our emotions. Are we demonstrating fear or faith when trials happen?
Physically: Take care of our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit by eating right and getting exercise.

U – Use God’s word strategically (Hebrews 4:12).
Spiritually: Make God’s word a reality to our children by living what we read.
Emotionally: Incorporate God’s word for answers to our children’s emotions and problems.
Physically: Practice memorization of God’s word daily, and give rewards for their efforts.

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I – Involve ourselves in their lives (James 2:15-17).
Spiritually: Get involved in their spiritual walk instead of leaving it up to people in the church.
Emotionally: Listen to what our children are saying, and pray for discernment on our answers to them.
Physically: Utilize physical activities (cooking, exercising, playing games, etc.) as much as possible.

L – Learn as much as we can about good parenting (2 Timothy 2:15).
Spiritually: Take in from the Scriptures, teachings at church, and leading of the Holy Spirit about parenting.
Emotionally: Seek out godly role models for our children and mentors for us to help us in our parenting.
Physically: Join care groups that offer opportunities to help us be better parents.

D – Determine in our hearts to never give up on them (Galatians 6:9).
Spiritually: Never, never, never stop praying for our children.
Emotionally: Express our love to them every day in the way that they will know they are loved.
Physically: Start family events or traditions to increase family unity and togetherness.


Dear Lord, I need Your wisdom and strength to be the parent You call me to be. Help me to walk in ways of righteousness and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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