"The parents who desire to bring full blessing to their children must make Gods Fatherhood their model and their study." Andrew Murray
I have this lovely book that was written from the sermons of Andrew Murray between the years 1828-1917. It was published as a completed work in 1952 and titled, "How to raise your children for Christ."
Andrew Murray was born in South Africa to missionary parents. He grew up to be a pastor, married and raised 8 children.
The writings of the "saints of old" inspire me. There was an utter dependence on the Lord and His Word alone.
Here is what Andrew Murray has to say about keeping our Heavenly Father as our example:
"Home life is a school as much for training parents as children; the deepest mysteries of Gods love are best studied by a parent in his own bosom. As we think of our love to our children, the joy they give us, the tender sympathy their troubles wake, the patient kindness their dullness or waywardness requires, the ready response with which their needs and requests are met, Jesus wants us to look up and calculate how much more all of this must be in God, the good and the perfect one, the fountain of love. He wants us to banish every shadow of disbelief from the heart, and live our lives in the sunshine of Gods love."
Reading this brings a freshness to my soul.