around the web, and a little update…
Last week I had several around the web links concerning raising boys. Many of the links dealt with aggressive girls. We encountered this issue on a small-scale this past year as my oldest son began his first year in a school setting. With all my children going to school this fall Preacher daddy and I have had several conversations with our older children about exhibiting Godly behavior, how to identify and deal with teenage drama, and boy/girl issues as they arise as well as many other issues.
Preacher daddy was a youth minister for many years before planting a church. Over those years, we have seen it all the good, bad and ugly. As a result it has been my prayer that the Lord would give us lots of wisdom as parents. That He would give our children wisdom, a love for Him and others, and the ability to recognize the enemy’s schemes. I am also fully aware that a parent can do the best job they know how and a child can still make bad decisions. That is why preacher daddy and I try desperately to find biblically solid opportunities for our children to participate in that will help them grasp and apply truth for themselves.
As parents, we pray for other mature believers, conferences or camps to also come along side them and speak the Word as well as Biblical principles into their lives. Many times, for them to attend these we have to request scholarship help. The children have to work, and send out support letters to pay their way. If for only a week or two, they are not the preacher’s kid, but just another youth growing in their relationship with the Lord is worth the letter writing, lawn mowing, and anything else we can do to get them there. This year my oldest son applied and was accepted to Summit Ministries Student Conference . Summit is an amazing ministry and we are thrilled that the oldest boy will be attending this year.
Raising children in today’s world is not an easy task.
That’s why the most powerful tool I have as a parent is prayer.
“No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.”E.M. Bounds
How often have we prayed something like, “O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, “O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?” No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer. –David Jeremiah
May we always use our most powerful tool, and use it well.
The links this week are a few articles I have enjoyed as well as a study I think is fabulous to go through with girls from teens to any age.
Taming the Wild Tongues in your family
How to Ruin your kids for Life
The Missional Mom
Three must have Bible Apps