Honouring Your Parents

So we had yesterday's Bright Lights meeting at Abi's beautiful house!
Thanks for letting us meet at your house Abi :)

Our lesson was on honouring our parents, so, can all of you think of ways in which we can honour our moms and dads?
Well firstly, why do we honour our parents?
Because God has placed them in authority over us, and another obvious answer is because we love them!
Ways to Honour Your Parents:
1. Commit yourself to wanting a good relationship with them your whole life.
God puts us in our specific, individual families for our good. Honour your parents at all times, not because they are perfect (they're human too!), but because God has commanded you to.
2. Honour their authority - they are God-given!
Be thankful for them.
Be willing to submit to them.
Recognize the value of your parents' advice. There is much wisdom in the "hoary head"!
3. Maintain a clear conscience with them.
No secrets!
4. Avoid doing things that dishonour your parents.
Don't spread "funny jokes" about your parents.
Don't be disrespectful, don't complain.
Personally I feel that oftentimes I complain and murmur about my parents and their shortcomings without even realizing. So I think it would be good for us to be more sensitive to our parents' feelings just as they try their best to be sensitive to ours.
5. Encourage your parents.
We could honour them in little ways e.g. thanking them for their cooking, praying for them and with them, being cheerful around them (how many of us pull long faces when we're at home?), serve willingly and volunteer to help around the home, and take initiative! Don't wait for your parents to ask you to help; volunteer your services first!
Compliment and praise your parents. Don't we feel happy when others praise us for something? Our parents are people too!
Remember their special occasions - birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Write notes and give them special gifts to encourage and show your appreciation to them.
Treat your parents as your best friends!
Give your heart to them; make them feel important.
Make what is important to them important to you.
Enjoy your parents as one of God's greatest blessings to us.
Be proud of your parents!


For those of you who couldn't attend our last meeting, do try to do this activity in your own personal devotions!
1. Write down three specific things you appreciate about your mom.
2. Write down two things you can pray for her.
3. Write down a word of encouragement for her. (And tell her about it! :))
4. Do the above three things for your dad!

After we did that activity, we went upstairs to share what we wrote...


And yes... Some of us were up on the roof... Shhh :)


Ming Hui and Natasha got the best spot in the garden.




And this is all of us who were there!
Plus Danielle, of course, who was taking this picture. So...


Here's a picture specially dedicated to you, Danielle! :)


And this was Madison's last Bright Lights :(((
We will miss you and will all be praying for you Madison!
All the best in your studies and in whatever you do, always seek the Lord first!

Deuteronomy 5:16 "Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
Proverbs 1:8-9 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck."

Remember to pray for Madison. And for all those who are away too!
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