Parenting with Salt and Grace

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6

When my sons were babies, I received a daily prayer list on biblical character. There are thirty separate biblical traits numbered 1-30. Each day there is a character trait and a verse or two to support it. The idea is that whatever the date is, you pray over your children that numbered biblical trait. I have prayed those 30 biblical character traits daily for many years.

My twin sons are now almost 16. It has been so much fun to see their different personalities develop and I can see the fruit of my prayers in their character. I believe God has heard my prayers and He has been developing each son into His image to walk in His ways and to serve Him.

Have there been some rocky times? Absolutely! Yet, it’s through those times that God grows parents and children. God allows rocky times for us so that we turn to Him for guidance and grow closer to Him. I’ve cried prayers to God for help in parenting, homeschooling, and juggling that with care-taking of my elderly mother-in-love, along with numerous other prayers. Yet, through it all, God has given me wisdom and the ability to show His grace. When I’ve been asked for parenting advice, I point them to our loving Father, encourage them to read His Word and give them examples of the power of prayer; because children are an inheritance from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They are His children, therefore, counsel with Him in prayer.

Be encouraged!

Prayer: Dear loving Father, thank You for Your guidance, wisdom and for always hearing our prayers. May our conversations with family, friends, and strangers be full of Your grace, seasoned with salt, so that we can tell others about You! In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus. Amen.

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

2 thoughts on “Parenting with Salt and Grace

  1. Tiffany, I so love your message. It applies to us who not only have children , but grandchildren as well. It is a privilege and a responsibility. I especially love your prayer. Give us the right words , Oh Lord, when we speak to others, so that they might know you. Blessings, Susan

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