Teachable Moments

TeachableMoment

 

This quote comes from a beautiful and powerful sermon I heard yesterday from our pastor John Mark Harrison. It was such an important message, I wish every parent in the world could hear this sermon. He spoke about cultivating biblical principles into our children’s lives and leading them on their walk with God. He says our teaching should be intentional, be diligent, and be continuous. We should be patient with them, walk with them, and pour into their hearts how to live every moment of every day. We are the example, and when we are living in the flesh we will tend to lash out, but when we are living in the spirit we will find the ‘teaching moments.’ It’s in these moments we find our purpose  — to be consistently present in our children’s lives and cultivate their hearts spiritually. As a parent this is what God has entrusted us to do.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

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Affirmation #14

Affirmation 13

Why don’t you? Change your perspective…

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Parenting from the Heart

“… the starting point of your influence is the state of your own heart, mind and soul. If there is purity, wisdom, strength, faith, love and righteousness there, then when you pour out your life, those around you will be blessed indeed.”

Always thoughtful in trying to influence my children in all of the best possible ways, I came across this beautiful post by Sally Clarkson, who has written so many wonderful books on parenting. It talks about how the most important influence you can have on your children comes from the heart, because if you are not filled with love and joy and wisdom, how could you possibly pass those life building qualities onto your children? Something great to think about. To read the entire post, click here: http://www.itakejoy.com/what-spills-out-of-the-depths-of-your-heart-mentoring-monday/

But the beginning point of a mama spreading inspiration and faith starts with her cultivating her own heart. If she is reading scripture, pondering the heart of Christ, worshipping him and following His ways, then her children will draw the love and sweetness of Christ from her every day.

If a mama is engaging her mind in great books and growing and learning new ideas and stretching her own intellect, then her children will also be drawing from the interesting thoughts in which she has invested her mind.

If a mama is developing her character and taking small steps to become more self-disciplined, more of a servant leader, more patient, more generous with life-giving words, because of her obedience to Christ, then her children’s souls will be sprinkled with the strength of her obedience.

If she engages herself in meeting the needs of others and reaches out with the redeeming message of Christ, her children will learn not just to hear words of the gospel, but to learn what it looks like to live the gospel.

A mom is a mentor–a coach in all things excellent in life. If she is not growing in excellence, she cannot pass on to her children what she herself has.

Don’t worry so much about the right rules, the best formula, what are the right books to buy. Be concerned instead, for your soul–what are you planting there? What are you watering in the depths of your heart attitudes? Whatever you water will grow. Nothing in your heart will be long hidden–as all things hidden eventually will come to the fore.