December 8: “A Parent’s Joy”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Hosea 10:1–14:9
Jude 1:1-25
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 29:15-17


Proverbs 29:17 (CSB): “Discipline your child, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.”


The word “discipline” used in our Verse for Today speaks of everything from instructing to punishing. It encompasses the whole realm of the parent’s responsibility to equip and train their child to develop into a godly, productive, well-rounded adult.

As a pastor, I have often had a front-row seat to heartbreak situations. In various ways, the parent failed to love, train, and set clear parameters for their child. In their actions, they failed to show a biblical priority system of what is truly valuable in life. And they failed to administer loving and appropriate discipline when bad behavior was taking root. It was no wonder that their children grew up and broke their heart by the way they chose to live.

Do you want to have a heart that is at rest and happy? This can be your experience when you see how well your children are doing and observe that they are following the Lord.

But, it doesn’t happen by accident. You have to work toward that. You have to train, equip, and give correction to your child when needed.

Proverbs 29:17 (CSB): “Discipline your child, and it will bring you peace of mind and give you delight.”


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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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