I am delighted to have Heather Stahlman as a guest blogger from To Know God Ministries sharing how she fosters her children’s heart for the Lord, develops their character, and teaches them to love His creation through horseback riding lessons…
As we teach our children to know and love God and follow in His ways, encouraging them to honor God with their money is an important task that cannot be neglected. One of the roles my husband plays in parenting our kids is teaching them about money management, since he is both knowledgeable and interested in the topic. We have also learned from other parents and resources and implemented some basic strategies to help get our kids off to the right start.
As a mom dedicated to raising my kids to know God, follow Him, and stay away from the temptations of the world, I have been wondering how and when to teach my kids about sexuality and purity. This topic has begun to come up among circles of mom friends, as our oldest children are now mid elementary age, and it can be an intimidating subject to approach. I started to research the topic more and invested in some books to find a methodical approach I could use, and I have been overwhelmed by the many different and contradicting Christian thoughts and approaches on how and when to talk to kids about sex and puberty.
It is clear from scripture that one of the ways we can disciple our children is to teach them to be good listeners. God wants His children to learn to listen to Him and His Word, pay attention to authority to gain wisdom, and be attentive to the needs of others.
While praying about which character trait to focus on for my monthly devotional, the word “secure” kept coming to my mind. This is not a traditional character trait that we tend to focus on as parents, and I tried to brush it away, but I felt God continuing to press it into my heart.
As I continued to pray and seek God on the matter, I felt that He wanted us as parents to focus on security, because it is one of the most important attributes our children need to thrive in this life.
Some of my favorite verses to pray both for my relationship with my husband and with my kids are from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, where God defines true love.
Good character is not something that just sprouts out of our lovely children on its own, although that would be really nice if it did! On the contrary it must be modeled, taught, reinforced, and encouraged.
The Bible teaches that one of our primary responsibilities in raising our kids to know, love, and follow Jesus is to teach our children to be like Jesus in character.