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Knowing and Loving God, Reflecting His Character, Sharing His Love February 22, 2024

A Mama Heart Like Jesus: Speaking Words of Life

In our Mama Heart Like Jesus series we are studying how Jesus discipled His followers as a model for discipling our own children.  This month we are looking at how Jesus built close relationships with his disciples, and we discussed ways to spend quality time with our kids. Now let’s look at three ways Jesus spoke words of life to His followers.

Reflecting His Character, Relationship with Kids, Sharing His Love February 17, 2024

Secrets for Family Discipleship in the Parable of the Sower:  How Do We Provide Good Soil for Our Kids?

“A farmer went out to sow his seed….Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.”  Matthew 13:3, 5-6 (NIV) This month we are looking at the seed that fell on the rocky places and how that seed sprang up quickly because it had little soil.  When the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they hadn’t developed roots… So how do we provide good soil for our kids? 

Sharing His Love November 24, 2023

The Best Gifts for Jesus:
10 Ideas to Serve Others this Christmas

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the spirit of love and generosity that embraces our hearts this time of year…We tend to look for ways to bless others by serving together as a family, and by doing so we are blessings Jesus in the process.  Serving others with our kids not only demonstrates the heart of God and shares His love with His people in the process, but it is a great way to develop meaningful family traditions and foster a strong family identity.  

Reflecting His Character, Sharing His Love September 25, 2023

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World:  An Interview with Kristen Welch

One of the parenting books I have loved and recommend on my website is Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes.  The book is written by Kristen Welch, blogger at wearethatfamily.com, and I had the privilege to interview her about her thoughts on entitlement and more about her book and ministry.
Kristen, tell us a little about yourself, your family, your blog, and your ministry.

Sharing His Love May 16, 2023

A Mama Heart Like Jesus: Sending Our Kids Out to
Share God’s Love

Jesus sent the disciples out to share the good news and minister to others once they had been equipped to do so.  Likewise, once we give our kids a sense of purpose, equip them to bear good fruit, and model sharing Jesus’ love with others, it’s time to send them out.  Just like Jesus used a boy who was willing to share his lunch to feed 5,000, God can use our kids too. In fact, children have a unique position and faith that allows them to impact the world around them in significant ways.

Sharing His Love May 8, 2023

A Mama Heart Like Jesus: Modeling Ministry for our Kids

This week we will look at how Jesus modeled ministry with His disciples as a way to teach them to share God’s love with others. “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people”  (Matthew 4:23)
When my daughter was twelve-years-old she started serving on our preschool worship team at church.  One day I let her lead the large group lesson with our preschoolers.  I was absolutely amazed by how well she did on her first try!  I noticed her teacher-like intonation with the kids, how she kept them engaged throughout the lesson, and how she naturally spoke at their level without me even telling her to do so.  Then it hit me.  She had been watching ME teach the preschoolers since she was a preschooler herself!  I didn’t need to teach her anything- she had been learning all along just by watching me.

Reflecting His Character, Sharing His Love May 5, 2023

A Mama Heart Like Jesus: Equipping Our Kids to Bear Good Fruit

Guest Blog: Beth Meverden
Every day on the way to school, I quote the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:14-17) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) with my children. I throw in others to make sure they’re still hidden in their hearts
Why do I focus on those passages with my children? Because when times get tough and they start to wonder if God is with them or how to handle a specific situation, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will bring those verses back to mind and give them encouragement and guidance.

Serving with Kids, Sharing His Love April 28, 2023

A Mama Heart Like Jesus: Giving Our Kids
a Sense of Purpose

When the disciples heard their purpose, to be fishers of men, they were so excited that they dropped their nets to immediately follow Him. It’s interesting that in Jesus’ first encounter with His disciples, rather than work on their sin issues or build their flawed character, Jesus calls them to a purpose of making disciples.  Oftentimes we think that our children need to be fully mature before God can use them.  We think they have to fully know and understand God’s Word and work through their many character flaws, and then when they are older, God will give them a purpose in His kingdom.   But Jesus shows us a different model.