My neighbor and I were chatting once about the world we live in and he was quite discouraged by the state of our society. I replied that I was doing my part by raising kids who, Lord-willing, will make a difference and he just shook his head and said it was too late.
My response? I politely said, "Don't tell me that. It's never too late." ;)
I am pouring my life into each child that God entrusts to my care, and by His grace and with His help, those children will grow up to be world changers.
World changers don't have to conquer the known world, they just impact the world they live in simply by loving and serving others.
As Moms, we have, perhaps, the greatest influence over our children's hearts than anyone else.
Because of that, we need to be committed to giving our children the life-giving truth of God's Word. It takes precedence over every other thing we will ever teach our kids.
It does not need to be to the neglect of other areas of our lives, but look at it this way: Spending time in God's Word with your children ought to be the bookends to every day.
The truths we share from God's Word set our children on the right path in the morning and are what our children meditate on as they lay their head on their pillow each night.
Strive to start your day with God and your children.
It doesn't have to be at 5 a.m. and it doesn't have to be an hour long. It could be as simple as you sharing with your children what God has taught you through your time one on one with Him.
Then, at the end of the day, gather the family together for a few minutes before bed and let your husband encourage your family through prayer and Bible reading.
I understand that this may not be a strength for him and if he isn't willing to lead, there is no reason you can't. Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised and see him start to lead this time with the family.
Can I tell you a secret?
We're new to this. As a family, we've been working on this over the last several months and it has been a tremendous blessing! My only regret is that we didn't do this years ago.
If you don't know where to start, I will tell you that I love using Apologia's Worldview Series in the mornings with our kids. I only use the main book and haven't bothered with the notebooks. There are natural segments in each chapter that give great starting points. I cannot say enough about this series!
Or, you can see if one of the books below would be a good fit for your family. They are available for only pennies a piece in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale (April 23-28, 2014).
- A Heart Prepared: A Simple and Effective Scripture Memory System by Jami Balmet
- How To Manage Your Mouth: A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge by Connie Hughes
- Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser
- Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional by Michael & Carlie Kercheva
- The Warrior Weekend: Helping Dads Raise Boys to Be Godly Men by Patrick & Ruth Schwenk
- Discipleship and Discipline: Practical Parenting Help for the Desperate Mom eCourse by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson (4 hours of video)
But honestly, even if you just read a Psalm or Proverb a day with your kids before bed, that is great! God's Word always accomplishes what He sets it out to do!
And remember, I'm praying for you Moms. I really am! We have the opportunity to influence souls in such unique ways. You can be the Game Changer.
Do you need encouragement and want to be better equipped to impact your family for Christ? This incredible package of eBooks and discipleship resources will greatly help you!
As a contributing author (my book in this bundle is a devotional for during pregnancy) I do make money for each bundle I sell. That being said, I want my readers to know that a portion of the profits from this sale will go towards a Crisis Pregnancy Center. The rest of the money will help make ends meet for our family.
Additionally God impressed upon me to donate a copy to any crisis pregnancy center that wants one. (If you know of one, please let me know.) After this bundle sale, my book will be available on Amazon for $3.99 and all proceeds will benefit a crisis pregnancy center. Thank you not only for your personal support, but also for supporting women in difficult pregnancies.
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