As a child, one of my favorite stories in the Bible was Mephibosheth. There was something fascinating to me about the idea of David honoring a promise to his friend Jonathan. In a time when David would have been considered justified to have killed Mephibosheth as a member of his “opposition”, he basically made Mephibosheth a member of his family. Oh, there were a few hiccups later, but they had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Mephibosheth had special needs.
“I’m a stay-at-home mom,” you explain. “Oh,” replies the other person with a touch of pity and the slightest hint of disdain. Working moms. Single moms. Name just about any possible variety of Christian mom and most likely she has experienced being made to feel less than by others.
Personally, I feel your children are an amazing Christian legacy for you to give the world. But sometimes, we believe that’s not enough. Or maybe, we believe we aren’t worth anything other than as the mother of our children.
If you have been baptized by immersion, Acts tells us you have received a precious gift. It’s the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit serves quite a few functions in our Christian lives – all of which are especially helpful as you attempt to parent your kids towards God.
Unfortunately, we tend to be a bit muddled when it comes to the Holy Spirit. We know some of his functions, but the Bible isn’t always exactly clear about how those happen. Often Christians are even a bit fearful of sharing how they believe the Holy Spirit has worked in their lives because of the mixed reactions they may get to their story.
Are you having family meals together? What about family devotionals? Both will better equip your kids to make godly choices and build stronger faith foundations. The good news is that you can combine a family dinner with this fun family devotional.
So let’s get started!
Parents often start talking about dating when their child comes home announcing he or she wants to go on a first date. Sadly for many teens, creating a heart that is ready to date on God’s terms, should have begun many years earlier when they were still children.
Christian parents often think they are protecting their kids by refusing to talk about dating, sex, purity, marriage and other similar topics until the teen years. What these parents don’t realize is that their children are most likely already having these conversations with peers or using television shows, movies and the internet to learn about them.
Having these conversations with your kids is uncomfortable even for those comfortable talking about those topics with their spouses and other adults. And for those who aren’t comfortable, having their teeth pulled without novocaine sounds a lot more fun.
If you don’t have these conversations though, you are setting your kids up for failure. The pressure to act in ungodly ways is hard enough on any teen or young adult. For those who haven’t been given enough tools to deal with it in godly ways, they will be particularly likely to give in to peer pressure.
So what sorts of conversations should you have with children about these sensitive, but important topics?