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May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

"Marriage Should Create a
Safe Place for Kids"

“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.”  Proverbs 14: 26 NIV

Studies have shown that children who grow up without a mom or dad suffer an increased risk of failure in school.  Even if you’re a single parent, who cares very much for your child, your kids are still at greater risk for experiencing some adverse effects.  

This is not a judgement but the reality of life, even if you’re a very fine single parent.  There are more risks for your kids than for a child who is living with both parents.  Children who live with their own two parents generally grow up to have better health and be more developmentally appropriate.  

This may very well be a statement about God’s plan.  When you live according to God’s plan, life, including your kid’s, goes according to His plan.  God wants us to have abundance in our life.  He also wants us to have stability.  

You might say, God created marriage for the protection of children.  It’s pretty obvious why He did that.  Babies are completely dependent on mom and dad.  But it goes beyond just having a safe environment.  There are lots of people who create safe environments for their kids but they can’t replicate the security of a mom and dad.  

We know that families who just stay together for the sake of the children don’t provide the same security.  We also know that if families can work through the difficulties they are likely able to create that stable environment that children need.  

The problem we’re facing is that we’re living in a society that is becoming more and more commitment adverse.  Successful marriage, a marriage stays together because they choose to and works together, takes effort.  If you can do this work you’ll be providing your children with a great gift.  God will help you when you ask Him. 

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don