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Best Parenting Advice Ever!

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The Bible tells us just how to be the best parent, yet many times we try to parent our way, learning as we go. If we would just resort to the Bible we would see that the answer is right in front of us.

TALK TO THEM | Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

PRAY FOR THEM |  1 John 5:14

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

SHOW & TELL | Psalm 78:4

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

CREATE HABITS | Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Family Sunday

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My church host a special Sunday each year called Family Sunday. For me this is a fun Sunday where the children’s ministry get to show off some of the stuff they do each week and help other family members understand how and what their kids learn.

Here are a couple quotes from the day:

“We must be intentional with our moments, don’t just let them pass by. Be intentional with your stories, stories over time create who we are. Be intentional with your fun!! Having fun with your kids creates a connection that lasts!” 

“Time over time over time…creating a history with your children that leads them to LOVE Christ and LIVE like it.”

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Want to see the whole Family Sunday in its entirety CLICK HERE:

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Want to see Family Sunday 2012 CLICK HERE:

How do you PRAY for your child?

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How do you pray for your child? Do you ask God for certain details for their lives or is your prayers for your child just that they will grow up and love Jesus. I was stuck in that way to pray for years. The great thing about that is God still answers them.  Then I read a couple of things that really challenged my passion to pray and the way I prayed for my children.

– The first was a FREE E-book called “31 ways to Pray for your children” by Bob Hostetler

Download it:  31waystopray

– The second way a short book by Mark Batterson called “Praying Circles around Your Children” 

   Buy it on Amazon for $2.99: HERE

Then as I did further searching on better ways to pray for my children I came across a couple of things that were also helpful.

– Praying for our Children > Prayer calendar. Pick the date and pray that for your child.

– ParentPrayerTips > 6 Prayer tips for parents.

I share this because I see the importance of specific prayers. God desires for us as parents to lead our children.It says in Proverbs 22:6 “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” As a parent I desire to see my children walking in the Truth.

 

 

 

 

 

Hijacking Sunday

This past Sunday at our church, the children’s ministry took control of the service and we used it as a chance to communicate with parents about what we currently do and plan on doing to minister to their children together. It was an interactive service where everyone received a remote control upon entering the auditorium. At points in the service everyone was asked to fast forward or rewind as we took them on this adventure. The service ended with our pastor painting a picture (literally) of the importance to work together family and church to reach their child for Christ so that when they grow old they will not depart from Him. You can watch the whole service online HERE.

What kind of parent are you?

This coming Sunday at my church is Family Sunday. This is the Sunday where the Kids takeover and Children’s Ministry plays a major role in leading families to worship together. As I was gearing up for a fun filled and informative day. I re-read Think Orange by Reggie Joiner. In this book they talk about levels of partnerships that we as a church have with parents. It had me thinking and so I want to ask you as well, what kind of parent are you?

LEVELS OF PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS

AWARE: Parents that are concerned about a particular situation or development. These parents are outside the church but open to it, and they are interested in becoming better parents.

INVOLVED: Parents that have a basic or entry level relationship with church. Even if it’s just bringing their child to church, these parents are taking steps to influence kids spiritually.

ENGAGED: Parents are committed to partnering with the church. they are growing in their relationships with God and assume some responsibility for spiritual leadership in the home.

INVESTED: Parents proactively devote time and energy to partnering with the church. They understand the strategy of you ministry and are in community with Christian parent groups.