Parenting is quite possibly the most challenging AND most rewarding job one can have. Hubby and I have four grown children. The fourth was born when the first was 5 years old. That led to having four teenagers for 1 1/2 years. We were/are not perfect parents, and we did not have perfect children. We were like many of you – raising and teaching the best we knew how.
For the past several weeks, Hubby and I have had the privilege to lead a study called “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp. This study has been encouraging and humbling as well. Some of the information has come 20+ years too late for us. However, we have been able to share from our experiences with the young parents in this class.
The focus of the study is learning how to speak to the heart of your child. Helping your children make right choices from their heart rather than making those choices simply to avoid discipline. The things your child does and says flows from the heart.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45 NLT
The parents’ goal should not be a well-behaved child, but one that embraces the gospel and continually grows in relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are concluding our study by making a family bible with Mindy Dunn’s Child Training Bible kit. Don’t be misled, this is not to preach at the kids when they have done something wrong. It is a tool to help the family learn what God has to say about many topics. Too many times as a mom, I couldn’t immediately recall Bible verses to go along with those teachable moments. Dunn’s kit is color coded for different topics, making it very user friendly. The kit even includes conversation starters for each topic. This can be a great tool for family Bible study. How I wish I would have had this when my children were growing up! I highly recommend the Child Training Bible kit, you can view and order here: www.childtrainingbible.com
We have had some great discussions in our class. Would you like to learn how to shepherd your child’s heart? If you are in the Meade, KS or surrounding area, I would be more than happy to lead another class. Just let me know if you are interested.
Dear God, In Psalms you tell us that children are a gift and reward from you. Thank you for such a precious gift – a child. Give wisdom and patience to each parent reading this blog. May they seek you and your Word daily as they raise their children. Amen