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By Lisa Nordell-Detres
Have you ever read a user manual for any of your electronic gadgets? If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the parents of a troubled teen moan that their little bundle of joy did not come with an instruction manual, I would be retired and living in Hawaii. The fact of the matter is, there IS a user manual for parenting, marriage, life skills, and living a godly life, but so few people actually read this Book. OK, it is actually a collection of books, but in the Bible, there is a wealth of instructions, examples, warnings and commandments for everyone in every generation.
Parents especially need all the help they can get. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 tells parents how often to teach their children right from wrong:
”These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (NIV)
The book of Proverbs gives great instructions for correcting children as well as the rewards of raising Godly children and the heartache of ignoring the Manual. One of the most famous verses in Proverbs 22:6 instructs parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NKJV)
What do you think your chances are of passing a class in school if you never read the textbook? Life is no different. If you want to raise upstanding children, have a peaceful marriage, live a great life, you need to read the instruction manual, God’s Word, the Bible every day and then add what you learn to your lifestyle. Start with reading one chapter of Proverbs each day for the next 31 days. Learn wisdom from Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, (next to Jesus). Your life may never be the same!
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.