Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 6 Purity

May our sons be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a
crooked and twisted generation (Philippians 2:15)

Brooke Shares with us encouragement from Hal and Melanie Young {Parents of SIX boys and authors of Raising Real Men.}
"The past ten years have brought a brutal assault on the purity of young men. Where it used to be that a young man had to happen upon a stash of wickedness in an uncle's footlocker for a few stolen moments or risk his reputation to go buy something in person at a store, now the evil comes looking for him. The average age of porn exposure is now 11 years old!

So how do we prepare our guys for this huge battle that is about to face them? How do we help them be strong and stay pure, so that one day they'll be knights in shining armor for their brides? We've got to get there first and be "the first with the most," as General Nathan Bedford Forest, the Civil War cavalry commander used to say.We need to be open and honest with our boys starting while Mama still gives them their bath and continuing through graduation and beyond--explaining and answering their questions, but especially putting it all in to the context of God's gift for marriage alone. Establishing that frankness and communication from the very start will really pay off when they enter the testosterone years.

Understanding what's going on is not nearly enough for our boys, though, especially as they become teens. We need to prepare them to look for the snares our enemy lays for them, give them tools to help them fight temptation, and make sure they have accountability that helps them stand firm. Too many mothers we talk to are in denial that their sons are old enough or sinful enough (hint: we all are) to face these temptations. That's sad,because their sons need their help!We can help them, too, by praying for them. We need to pray for protection for them and pray they'll be strong enough to flee temptation - and pray for the princesses they will one day claim!

"And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure." ~1 John 3:3, NLT"

Note sons.Want to find out more about this topic? Hal and Melanie talk about these things in the "Love and War" chapter of Raising Real Men and in their new workshop CD: "Shining Armor: Your Son's Battle For Purity."

Lord, give us clean hands and give us pure hearts! I pray that you will help us Lord to pray for our sons-please Lord draw their hearts closer to you and help them to be pure like you are pure! Lord, it is a choice that we have to make to keep ourselves pure. Help us to teach our sons to make that choice help us to begin teaching at an early age so that when time comes for them to make those tough choices they will without hesitation. Lord, help our sons to make a commitment with their eyes to keep them and their hearts pure for you Lord! Help us to be an instrument in your hands for the salvation of their lives and the purification of their lives! we give them to you they belong to you! in Jesus name amen!

Gracefully Daisy