Have the Hard Conversations Early and With Transparency
From the latest Disney movie to a commercial during an NBA final game, the family, sex, and God’s plan for mankind from the beginning are under assault.
Topics that were once saved for the teen years when my oldest was growing up, now must be addressed from young elementary school ages.
This summer, I am taking my younger set through a study on the book of Ecclesiastes. Discussing the world’s hedonistic mindset has been a very integral part of our time together. As much as I would want to shield them from these delicate and difficult discussions, I can’t.
For too long the church has been in protection and shelter mode. Raising this generation calls for us to be on the offensive. We need to be equipping them before they face these issues so the Enemy will not have any place to let his lies take hold.
Our Conversations Should be Spirit-Led and Filled With Scripture
Allowing the Spirit to guide when, how much, and to what extent we share information will keep us on track with both the maturity level and personalities of our children.
Let's Keep Our Conversations Relevant in This Ever-Changing World
I recently had a conversation with two of my twenty-somethings. They were very open about things that they faced even at a Christian college.
Sin is crouching at our family’s door and we need to be able to be armed and ready.
In Every Conversation There Should Always be Room For Forgiveness and Failure
In the same discussion with my children, there was transparency about times that they were not as bold as they should have been. They were admittedly frustrated with their failings and lack of resolve to be unashamed about God’s truth. I shared with them times when I had fallen. I revealed times where my need for acceptance left me choosing silence over boldness. I very clearly stated that we all fall sometimes. I want them to know that our home is always going to be a place of forgiveness. This generation needs to be held to the truth, but they need to also know there is a standing invitation to admit sin and receive love and encouragement.
God has promised to be all that we need for all times and in every generation.
Ephesians 4:15 says,
"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him Who is the head, into Christ."
Growing up requires that we keep speaking to our children about the truth of the One who loves them more than anyone else will ever love them. As mothers must continue our growth, and speak to each other in the truth because growth produces further growth. Truth, transparency, and tender forgiveness are necessary ingredients for a home environment where our children will be able to face the culture they have been called to face.
How have you turned conversations to absolute truth and biblical living?
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