Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:09

Meet Kevin, Nicole and Kaiya King

Written by  Kevin and Nicole King
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When the Bible says children are a gift, it has been proven true over the years. After being told by doctors nine years ago that we would never have children outside of a miracle, God graced our lives with a precious daughter. Parenting Kaiya can be both a joy and a challenge at times. It is during those difficult times, we believe, that God removes us and begins to show our daughter just how weak we are and how much we need the same Savior we try to point her to everyday.

 


In Psalm 78:6-7, we are encouraged to use the Scriptures as the standard by which we teach and model God’s ways before our daughter. How we live our lives before Kaiya is very important; the things we say and do will not only affect her, but will affect the generations behind her as well. This is our mindset as we “train her up in the way she should go”.

We know the marriage union and family unit are very important to God and how He has chosen to display His relationship with His church. As a couple, we have chosen to date one another every week in order to make our marriage a priority. By making this a habit, we are trying to demonstrate the importance of family and Christ’s relationship with His people. We also want Kaiya to know that she is a priority so our family times, Daddy dates, and pedicure times with Mamma are very important to us. We also want her, as an only child, not to grow up selfish but to learn how to share the things that God has blessed us with.

Matthew 25:31-46 is a picture of how God wants us to demonstrate His love to people through showing hospitality and serving. In essence, when we feed those who are hungry, give water to those who are thirsty, invite strangers into our home, clothe those who have none, and take care of the sick, we are serving Christ because He identifies with the least of these. Kaiya is learning how to open up our home to others as she shares her space and possessions with those who sometimes live with us and those who often visit.

We live in a society where we, as adults, have demanded respect and obedience from our children in an attempt to only correct their behavior. Proverbs 27:19 tell us, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” We seek not only to modify the behavior but also counsel Kaiya by addressing and correcting the issues with her. We often fail as parents and sometimes our sin is displayed right before Kaiya’s eyes. In those times when we do mess up, Kaiya has an opportunity to witness us seeking forgiveness from her and each other. We aren’t actors playing a perfect role in front of Kaiya as if we have no faults. We are weak. But thank God that He is strong and that there is power in the Gospel that humbles us and convicts us of sin.

We attempt to teach and demonstrate healthy and biblical ways to resolve conflict as we seek and extend forgiveness, and discipline Kaiya out of love. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “ Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” As we follow Christ, we want Kaiya to have a tangible representation of what it looks like to follow Jesus as Lord.
 

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