Have you ever smelled a fragrance that instantaneously took you back to a time and place? Perhaps, as you drove by a landmark, for a split second, your mind became flooded with memories of the people you saw, things you did, and the special moments you had. I have. They’re powerful. For me, one short and simple worship song stirs up my emotion and causes my mind and heart to remember God and … [Read more...] about Principle 5: Tell and Retell Your God Stories
This is part 4 of the series: 7 Principles to Raising Kids Who Love Jesus. It has been hard to write on this principle! Not because there isn’t a lot to say. There is plenty. But, the topic of church can stir up lots of emotions for people (even for me). Why? Because we all have ideals we are passionate about in regards to church and often than not, many feel disappointed by the church. … [Read more...] about Principle 4: Model and Teach Kids to Love His Church
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 Have you ever wondered if a storm as huge as Hurricane Harvey hit your faith, would your faith stand? What if it hit our kids' faith, will theirs stand? When our children are young, we help them build the foundation of knowing the Word of God and its … [Read more...] about PRINCIPLE 3: Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only
I will never forget the day when I encountered Jesus. On this day prayer became more than just words. With our refrigerator barren and our cupboards empty, we were without food or money. We were in a desperate place, in need of a miraculous provision. My mother gathered us to pray. She had a real faith - a genuine, childlike trust that God would answer our prayers and that we can come to him … [Read more...] about Principle 2: Pursue Real Encounters with Jesus
“How do I raise children who love Jesus wholeheartedly?” As I begin writing this series, I want to state that I am exactly where you are. I am asking the same question as you are. Wouldn't it be great if there was a blueprint for making this happen? I love Jesus (who He is, what He is about, and the life that I am invited to live) and I want my kids to grow up to love Him too. I love my kids … [Read more...] about 7 Principles for Raising Kids Who Love Jesus Wholeheartedly
Have you ever cringed at hearing your kids tone as they talked to each other or to you? I have. I thought, “Where did they learn this behavior?” Then the moment of exasperation came when I realized, “They learned it from me!” I had not sat with them intentionally instructing, “You need to use this tone when you’re frustrated, or when you disapprove of something.” But, they watched, they heard, and … [Read more...] about Principle 1: It Begins with Us. We Will Get What We Are.