You hear a lot these days in Christian circles about freedom in Christ. Christ has set us free! Yes, He has! I’m so grateful for that, but just why has he set us free? Does that mean we are free to evaluate all the philosophies of the world and make our own decision about how to live our lives? Can we merely follow our desires and tell ourselves that God gave us our desires and we’re free to pursue what we love to do?
If we are truly born again, we are bought with a price. We are to be servants of the Most High God. Our lives are not our own. We belong to Him, and the only reason He left us on this earth is to serve Him, not to pursue our desires.
How can I know what is the right way to raise my kids? How can I know if something “questionable” is okay to do? Are there any FAQ’s to help me make wise decisions? How can I raise my kids to be able to make wise decisions when they are no longer kids and looking to me for guidance in daily decisions? Or when I’m dead and gone? There are so many philosophies out there. How do I evaluate them?
There is ONE guidebook that contains the answer to ANY decision my kids will ever have to make or any problem they will be faced with to have to solve. It’s the Bible. Through it, God is waiting to pour out His wisdom to me and to my children.” If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
We ALL lack wisdom and there is only one who is all wise and we have access to God daily.
Isaiah 55 tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I had no foundation for how to raise my kids, but I learned from a wise Sunday school teacher when my firstborn was an infant, that God’s Word had practical answers for everyday life. I hadn’t known that ever before! It was astounding to me! I threw myself into the Word and asked God daily to give me wisdom for struggles I faced daily. I had no clue how to raise my kids, but God did and does. His Word is faithful and true, and He delights in us asking for wisdom and delights in pouring it out to us when we cry out to Him.
I came to see that I had no wisdom in myself. God did. I needed to train my kids to look to God’s Word for practical, daily wisdom. That was the answer- the only answer. You’ll hear so many conflicting ideas, even from other Christians, but my PRIORITY became to saturate my kids lives (and my own) with God’s Word. NOTHING you can do is more important! NOTHING!
As I asked God for creativity in how to fill their minds with HIS Word, He showed me ways to do that. We’ve made lots of mistakes in raising our kids, we all do. But I can say without a doubt the very BEST thing we did was to focus on filling their minds with God’s Word. Recording the Bible for the kids to listen to at naptime and bedtime has had the most far-reaching effects of anything we’ve done. The kids attest that as they’ve grown and been in difficult situations, Scriptures they didn’t even realize they knew have come back to them from listening to the Word so many hours throughout their growing up years. It served to build a Biblical frame of reference in how they process life. God’s Word NEVER returns void. Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
I wanted my kids to run life through the grid of God’s Word. Look to God’s Word first, not human wisdom. From my heart to yours as a parent, be intentional in filling your child’s mind with God’s Word. Make it a priority! Don’t let “life” sidetrack you from pointing your child to the ONLY thing that will sustain them through life’s trials. They are entrusted to you for a brief time. Make it count for eternity!
Our passion is to help you raise kids who love the Lord and build their lives on the foundation of the Word. We’re offering to you practical tools we’ve developed to equip our kids. We know they work. Our prayer is that God will bless your family as you train your children to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds.
Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”