Have you ever asked yourself, How can I nurture family values in my home? How can I promote concern for one another among my children and teach them to love one another? Before we look at some of God’s answers to these vital questions, note how one devoted sister models such family values for us.
Her name is Miriam. And Miriam was a 12-year-old girl who undoubtedly adored her new baby brother, Moses. For three months she helped her mother, Jochebed, hide little Moses and care for him as their family defied the pharaoh’s edict to kill every newborn Hebrew boy (Exodus 1:22). Then her mother placed the infant into a floating basket that she set among the reeds of the Nile River. Miriam “stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.” Then, when the opportunity arose—when the pharaoh’s daughter discovered the baby—Miriam approached her and offered to find a nurse for the infant, thereby arranging for her baby brother to be cared for at home again (Exodus 2:2-9).
Now, where do you think young Miriam developed such family loyalty? Probably from her wonderful mom. And, as a devoted mother, grandmother, or aunt, you can help instill such values in your family. Daily make the effort to:
And don’t forget–the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous parent avails much (James 5:16)!
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Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:
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