Simply put – The writer in Proverbs says we need to prepare our kids for what they have been called to do, the things they will face, issues that will arise and teach them the way God would have them to go. The more we can do now with our kids, our hope is greater that they will not depart from what they were taught and know (This is not a fool proof plan). It’s never too early to start and it’s never too late.Read More
You’ve heard the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. How true do you believe that saying is? Studies show that those who stayed in church following their high school graduation were able to name 5 adults who impacted their spiritual development. Family, friends, and church leaders all fall into this category.Read More
The family unit is one of the most important factors in the sustainability of teenagers' faith. The American Bible Society asked 1,100 teens who the most important role models were in today’s society. Parents came in number one at 67.7%. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Are you living out the principle stated in Deuteronomy 6:6-7?
“While the vast majority (83 percent) believes parents should be most responsible for a child’s spiritual development, only 35 percent say their religious faith is one of the most important influences on their parenting, according to the study. This leaves nearly half (48 percent) who acknowledges their role in their child’s spiritual development, but fail to consider their own religious faith among the most important influences on their parenting” (“Lifeway Research Looks at Role of Faith in Parenting” Lifeway.com).
In November, every year, we focus on the things in our lives we are thankful for. Some of us take to social media using hashtags #thankful, #thanksgiving, #turkey, #getinmybelly (Sorry, I may have my grandmother's thanksgiving meal on my mind), #thankfulfor, and the list goes on and on. Some will participate in a 30 day Thanksgiving challenge on Instagram where you post a different picture each day of things you are thankful for using the #30daysofthanksgiving. As a family, you may sit around the table each evening and talk about one thing you are thankful for in your life or during that particular day. We all have different ways to convey who and what we want to give thanks with it culminating on a day of giving thanks where we meet with family and friends to share a meal together. I love thanksgiving because it combines my two love interests: food and family! There are also no strings attached through the giving a gifts, it's just a genuine thanksgiving feast full of love.Read More
As we focus on how the "whole new world" of today will affect our children, let us review some statistics.
A 1992 study found that an average child spent 25 hours a week watching television. It was estimated that by the time a child left elementary school, the child would have watched 8,000 murders and over 100,000 acts of violence. By the time the child reaches 18 years of age, 40,000 and 200,000 respectively. Shocked? Between 1998 and 2002 every time slot increased in violent content. Family hours (8PM ET) had an increase of violent content by 85.1%. Shocked now? During the next hour (9PM ET) violent content was 134.4% more frequent. What about now?Read More
God has given us His written word. He has shown us love by telling us exactly what he expects from us. We know that in order to please God we must be obedient. How can we be obedient to God if we do not know what He has said? We can't. Daily devotion to God and His word is essential. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 1:2, “…but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” His Delight….When is the last time you found joy in God’s word? When is the last time you meditated on it day and night (everyday?). A study by LifeWay Research showed that only 19% of churchgoers read their Bible everyday. 18% read their Bible rarely or never. It also showed that only 59% agreed that “throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths”. Isn’t it interesting that 59% also read their Bible once a week, a few times a week, or everyday? There isn't just a correlation between Bible reading and our daily thoughts; there is cause and effect. The more we spend time in God's Word, the more likely we are to have it in our heart. The more we have God's Word in our heart, the more we focus on God and His Word.Read More
"My current marriage is not what I want it to be." "We seem to be growing apart" "I want a new marriage!"
We have all heard these words--television, friends, family, maybe ourselves. Let's look at how to have a "new marriage". In order to have a "new marriage" we need to do a few things:Read More