Devotionals by Dr. James Dobson

The Ongoing Challenge

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.
Hebrews 12:11

The role of discipline in the relationship between parents and their kids is drawn directly from God’s holy Word. Ephesians 6 commands children to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (v. 1) and directs fathers to “bring [children] up with Christian teaching in Christian discipline (v. 4, Phillips).

As a believer who trusts the Lord completely, I understand the significance of discipline. Yet as a mother, I also know that it’s the continuing battle to apply proper discipline at home that so often leaves parents feeling like a failure. If you are one of these discouraged moms and dads, I urge you to take heart—you’re probably doing a much better job than you think! Loving discipline will begin to promote an atmosphere of affection and respect if you are consistent and persistent.

I remember the first time my daughter challenged me. I was waxing the kitchen floor when Danae, then nine months old, crawled to the edge of the linoleum. I said “no” and gestured for her to stay put. She ignored me and crawled right into the sticky wax. I picked her up, set her down in the hallway, and said “no” again, this time more strongly. We repeated this scene seven times before Danae finally realized that Mom wasn’t backing down; she crawled away in tears. Believe me, it wasn’t the last time Danae would test her mother! Yet it did send her an early and important message: No matter how determined Danae was to get her way, I would be the one to make the rules and guide her with firmness and persistence.

It’s not easy, but it is worth it. Do your best, seek always to discipline “in the Lord,” and one day you’ll see what I mean.
Shirley M Dobson

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This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reservedUsed with permission.

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Dr. James Dobson:

James Dobson is the host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is also the founder of Focus on the Family, where he served for more than 30 years.

A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California for 14 years. He invested 17 years on the attending staff of Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics.

Earning a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, he's authored more than 30 books, including his most recent bestseller, Bringing Up Girls. Dr. Dobson has also been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family. He was elected in 2008 to the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley, the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and the grandfather of Lincoln and Luci.


Dr. Meg Meeker:
Dr. Meg is a pediatrician, who has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for 25 years. She is the author of six books including the best-selling Strong Fathers/Strong Daughters: Ten Secrets Every Father Should Know, and its companions Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: The 30 Day Challenge and Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, 8 part DVD Small Group Study and WorkbookBoys Should Be BoysYour Kids At Risk, and The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity. She is a popular speaker on pediatric health issues and child-parent relationships. Dr. Meeker has the heart of a mother and the wisdom of a pediatrician. 
Meg is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and currently teaches medical students and physicians in residency training. She has been married to her husband, Walter for 31 years. They have shared a medical practice for 20 years. They have three daughters ages 29, 27 and 25 and a son who is 21. She lives in northern Michigan.


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