Guidance: Listening to the counsel of God and those who love us
Some ideas for practicing:
- The first way we as parents offer guidance to our children is by listening to their concerns. Practice listening. Remembering that a word fitly spoken is like gold, and a clanging gong is just plain annoying. (Easier said than done, for sure, which is why we parents must practice.)
- Invite your children in on family decision making. Invite them to help you pray and discern where God is leading. Admit when you struggle to hear clearly. Listen when they say they have heard.
- When discerning the guidance you hear from God, check the answer by 1 Corinthians 13. Is the answer you heard consistent with the character of God we see in the Love Passage?