Thought Full Thursday – Parenting Instructions

Hear, O Israel!

The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

And you must love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

all your soul,

and all your strength.

And you must commit yourselves

wholeheartedly

to these commands

I am giving you today.

Repeat them

again and again

to your children.

Talk about them

when you are at home

and when you are away on a journey,

when you are lying down

and when you are getting up again.

Tie them to your hands as a reminder,

and wear them on your forehead.

Write them on the doorposts of your house

and on your gates.

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight,

so all will go well with you.

In the future, your children will ask you,

“What is the meaning of these stipulations,

laws, and regulations that the Lord our God

has given us?”

Then you must tell them,

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt,

but the Lord brought us out of Egypt

with amazing power.

And the Lord our God commanded us

to obey these laws and to fear him

for our own prosperity and well-being,

as is now the case.

For we are righteous when we obey

all the commands the Lord our God

has given us.”

~ Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 18, 20-21, 24-25 ~


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