Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 2 – Take Very Good Care Of Yourselves (Part 1)

Jesus modeled this parenting principle to His children of taking very good care of Himself.  

“The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out along into the wilderness to pray.”  (Mark 1:35)  

Most would react defensively and say that Jesus always denied Himself.  And yet we find on the busiest recorded of Jesus’ ministry as recorded in Mark 1, Jesus took time to go out alone and pray.  

Jesus knew that He would need the strength that day to teach at a synagogue, cast out an evil spirit, heal Simon’s mother-in-law, heal many sick in the crowds and cast our demons.  

He could never have done this without first taking the time to build Himself and strengthen Himself with time with His Father.  

The Principle no. 2 of “Taking Good Care of Ourselves” as parents holds just as true today.  We can never make it through day after day of demanding parenthood if we are not getting enough sleep, eating right, spending healthy time with our spouses, friends and the Lord.  

So we need not feel guilty if we take care of ourselves as parents, we should feel good that we doing what Jesus did.  

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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