He who withholds his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
A - The application for me is is the mere reflection that I often fall short in these three standards of conduct and must do better if I am to raise my girls to be unhindered by my own disobedience to God's word. I must take courage and continue to recognize it is my role to discipline, I must not avoid it because I want to appease the girls and make them happy. On the other hand I must not hold back discipline until I can't stand it anymore and then explode with a heavy rod of discipline that crushes them. I must recognize my capacity for harsh words, and must not use these as tools o shape the girls behavior, but when teaching or correcting, I must strive to speaks words of truth and life into them.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's devotion, may it be sealed to my heart. I pray Lord that you would help transform through your holy spirit, my heart, head, and ultimately my actions when it comes to raising Ashlyn and Chloe. Help me to be a good father who lovingly disciplines, uses my words to lift them up and not tear them down, and ultimately causes them to blossom to be the women of God you are calling them to be.