It’s also the time of year that parenting is on display. There are parents at the water park, at the zoo, on the hiking trails, and in every house surrounding mine. More often than I’d like, I hear things said to children that make my heart wince. Things that should never be said to children, or ordinary things said in ways that they should never be said.
Maybe your preschooler flushed your grandmother’s pearls. Maybe it was that call from the school when your child stole chips from the cafeteria. Perhaps your child betrayed you publicly in some manner, hurting a relationship.
Maybe it was more serious. Maybe your child was arrested, or caught in a compromising position. Maybe your son took out the trash, and never came back. Perhaps you’re a grandparent, but not yet an in-law. Maybe your child has made a blatant decision to live apart from the Lord’s grace and mercy….. [Read more…]
We have road maps, hiking maps–even my favorite bookstore has a map! Why, then, do we sometimes fail to set a course in parenting? Why do we worry about the minor issues, and forget about the big ones? How do we become so wrapped up in the insignificant issues and forget about the foundational ones?
Parenting intentionally can be tough. Here’s a list of some important things to remember. A map, if you will….. [Read more…]
“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17
We live in a world of narcissism. Western children are showered with the best clothing, toys, parties and entertainment money can buy. We take our children on vacation, we make sure their comforters match their sheets and we ensure there are plenty of pretty packages under the tree on Christmas morning. Today, the word ‘parenting’ is often nearly synonymous with ‘order-taker’. We wait on our children as if they were royalty.
To what end? What are we teaching our children? Most importantly, is it Biblical? Shouldn’t we teach children to serve others?
Born to Serve…. [Read more…]
This post originally published September 21, 2012.
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. ~ Matthew 19:13-15
How many times have we heard this simple story? How many times have we shaken our heads at those disciples who kept the sweet, innocent children from Jesus?…. [Read more…]