Temptation. It comes in every shape and form. The worst temptation for me is when I can’t resist food and it affects my waistline, but for my children–it’s different. They are tempted to disobey and do things that aren’t good for them. And this summer has been tough.
My son has regressed in terms of maturity and impulsiveness due to medication changes for his ADHD — you can read about that this coming Tuesday, but it has made parenting all the more frustrating because my daughter is tempted to do things her brother does. And both are tempted to disobey all the rules.
So how do you teach your kids to resist temptation? I’ve found the more I teach my kids passages and the more they memorize it–the better.
When they disobey, I take a deep breath and then ask them about passages they’ve learned. As they recite it, I ask questions relevant to the passages and what they did. It reminds me why I’m their mother and my goal is a heart change–not just a change in behavior.
If you’re wanting changes and help with resisting temptation, take the time to read through the passages this week as you and your family journals. Share examples, insights, and whatever else may help your kids!
~When we are tempted~
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
Finally be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith.
1 Peter 5:8-9
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we do have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.Hebrews 4:15
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
For your printable copy, click and download this week’s verses: Scriptures for Family Prayer Journals Week 13 Temptation.
How to Start Prayer Journals
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