I wanted to this thing right.
More than anything.
We all do, don’t we? I mean, who wants to do parenting wrong?
Okay, but I really, really wanted to do it right. So I did what I always do when I’m determined to get good at something: I bought and borrowed every book I could find on the subject. My shelves are overflowing with books on Christian parenting and it’s actually a bit embarrassing. Rows and rows of them. I’ve studied and experimented a ton (our poor children) in my search for the perfect parenting technique.
You see, I needed answers. Desperately. I was so afraid of messing this up. Messing them up.
Now here I am 20 years later (yikes!) and am starting to look back just a little. So what has “worked” and what hasn’t? What would I say now that we have kids grown and gone—and others who’re still growing up in our home?
What does it take to bring up children who genuinely love Jesus?
While I no longer think in terms of “answers” and have given up on formulas, I do hope to pass on some of what we’ve learned along the way—less from those shelves loaded with books, and more from our own experience and from the Word of God.
And I will share with you as a friend. Not as the expert, not the finished, and not the blameless. I’m going to be as open about our failures as I am about our victories. I’m also going to offer you grace and I hope you’ll give me grace in return.
Because I believe we all want the same things. We want our children to know God, to walk with Him, and to enjoy a free heart while serving Him with their many gifts and abilities.
We want heavenly-minded, down-to-earth kids.
Raising Heavenly-Minded, Down-to-Earth Kids
So what goes into bringing up children who have their hearts set on heaven and their feet planted firmly on solid ground? Here are some of the topics we’ll be touching on over the following 8 weeks:
- Raising Kids who know they are deeply loved.
- Raising Kids who genuinely love Jesus.
- Raising Kids who might fall…but will get back up again.
- Raising Kids who set their hearts on heaven.
- Raising Kids who treasure the Word of God.
- Raising Kids who lovingly get along with each other.
- Raising Kids who walk in the power of purity.
- Raising Kids who readily pray about many things.
- Raising Kids who thoughtfully care for others.
Now please understand, this series is NOT about becoming the perfect family. This is not about keeping up appearances or even model behavior. Because, I don’t know about yours, but our family is still a work in progress. We’re learning, struggling, and growing.
But, by God’s grace – quite literally! – we do love Jesus.
Getting to Know You
For those of you who might be new here, I’d love to meet you. Here I’ll go first.
Hello, I’m Lisa. My husband, Matthew, and I are the parents of 8 children. Our oldest son is 20 and a sophomore in college back East. Then we have 4 daughters, ages 18, 17, 15, and 13. After that we have 3 little boys, ages 11, 9, and 7. You can learn more about them here: Our Family. Our oldest daughter has a blog where she shares her heart with young people too: Savorythots.
And for those of you who are wondering? Our older children read most every post – including our son in college – and give their honest input. They’re great for “keeping it real” and I’m grateful for their perspective. Here they are below (except our oldest son)….
*Now it’s your turn….Share a little about yourself? Ages of your kids? Boys or girls? Maybe you’re single, or don’t have children yet? Please, go ahead and introduce yourself!
Next in the series: Raising Kids Who Know They Are Deeply Loved
In His grace,
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