Consequently, if we do share that responsibility with someone outside the home, we should look for a school that works with, and not against us in fulfilling that responsibility. To satisfy this mandate Scripturally, we need to understand that both the home and the school are measured by the same standards—the Bible.
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5
Essential elements to help children grow in Christian maturity are to teach them how to study God's Word, apply its principles, and obey its truths in all of life's experiences. The focus of education should be to guide their lives in becoming more like Christ as they advance academically and grow physically.
To help our children receive the education that will best lead them to Christian maturity, we should model by example a Christian's response to the activities of life. The practice of following Biblical principles will strengthen family ties and enhance a child's journey to a dedicated life in Christ. And a dedicated life in Christ should be our goal.
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As we work together for the common goal of Christ-likeness, we will have the opportunity of observing our children's growth, little by little, into truly mature Christians who will do for their children what was done for them.
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The investment is worth the time because the dividends are eternal!
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Whether you're a homeschool mom, Christian school mom, or public school mom, what's the one piece of advice on raising Godly children in this godless world you would give to moms?
3/12/2019 09:28:58 am
Such good counsel here, and my husband and I, now that our kids are older and 3 out of 4 are out of the nest, are committing to more intentional prayer for them. When we say "it's the most important thing we can do for them," it's critical that we actually DO it!
3/12/2019 09:34:07 am
Michele, you and I have a lot in common! 3 our of our 4 are out of the nest as well. The baby leaves next month. It's going to be a sad day. :( But a new chapter begins... And I totally agree, praying for them now is no less important than praying for them when they were part of the nest. I love my adult children. They are my closest friends, and I think that's just lovely. :)
I love this post so much! As a mom and a counselor, I would say my best advice is maintain open communication and if your child is struggling with that, encourage them to find godly mentors so they have a healthy adult to share their struggles with!
3/12/2019 01:37:40 pm
Thank you Hilary! Communication is so important! And godly mentors too. I cannot even tell you how blessed we have been with godly mentors in the lives of our children. SO VERY THANKFUL FOR THEM!
You mentioned it in your 3rd point. Be CONSISTENT!! I can tell you that with my older 3 kids I was not good at this. I still have to work at it with the 2 I still have at home. Also walk what you teach. Leading by action and not just words is so very vital!! So many great points in this post.
3/12/2019 01:42:13 pm
Thank you April! Consistency is so important. There was one of our four that the kids still joke about today. They say we spanked him every day. LOL I really don't think it was EVERY day, just most days. :( It's difficult to be constant, but it's so important! All I can say is DON'T GIVE UP!
I wholeheartedly agree. It is hard work to instill God's Word in our children, but so rewarding and joyful too. One of my favorite things to do with my little ones is memorize Scriptures with hand motions (that I make up on the fly). They think it's so fun too!
3/14/2019 04:01:26 pm
That's a GREAT idea Sarah! I love the hand motion thing with Scripture. We do it with songs. Why not Scripture too?!
3/14/2019 11:12:45 am
This was great! I especially agree with getting to know your kids teachers and coaches. One thing I made known very early on, was that I was a part of my child's life and I cared about what went on. I do not think a few teachers were too happy about this, but I did not care. My child knows that I know what is going on and what they are struggling with, so we can help. Later on, this has been a blessing. I also recommend getting to know their friend's parents as well. I want to know who my children are spending time with and what their beliefs and values are. Pinning and sharing!
3/14/2019 04:05:59 pm
Thanks for pinning and sharing Angela! Getting to know their friend's parents is a GREAT idea as well! Maybe the teachers that didn't approve of your involvement didn't understand because they did not have children of their own. I love to see parents who take the time to be a part of their child's life in the home and outside!
3/14/2019 11:48:01 am
Great post. Now that my kids have all left home, I'm so grateful we were able to give them a solid foundation in Christ. What a precious privilege we have as parents! Stopping by from #tuneinthursday
3/14/2019 04:44:41 pm
I didn't realize what hard work it was Laura when we were in the thick of it. Now, looking back, I'm like how in the world did you ever survive? LOL Jesus <— that's the only way! I'm glad they're all grown and on their own. I love my adult children and we are blessed to have such a good relationship with them.
We live in a world where school and extra curricular activities are a priority. Even though those things are not bad we are focusing of the wrong thing. Raising godly children should be our first priority. Wonderful advice here, thank you so much for sharing!
3/14/2019 04:46:22 pm
I totally agree Carolina. We put too much emphasis on that sort of thing and too little on spiritual things.
3/14/2019 03:51:44 pm
Thanks so much for this post full of tips on raising godly kids. I would add - teach them the good, solid reasons for the truthfulness of Christianity. That way they are not living on borrowed faith but their own. The Bible Project videos are a great place to start.
3/14/2019 04:48:06 pm
YES! Carrie, that's great! Kids need to know WHAT they believe, and WHY! It's so important that they know the way and can back it up with Scripture!
3/15/2019 10:00:42 am
This is very important and encouraging for me. I really need to carve out some consistent prayer time with my daughter. Being tired is not an excuse. I need to show and teach her how to pray. Thank you for the reminder😊
3/15/2019 10:08:24 am
Yes Tinashe! And with all the super cute Bible journaling and prayer journals out there, especially with a daughter, this is so easy and even fun to do these days. So rewarding as well! Check out Faith Paper Shop in our sidebar. They have some super cute stuff!
3/16/2019 09:15:56 am
You're so right Mari! Sometimes we think we can just put them in a good school, take them to church every time the doors are open.... But it's really much more than that. It's us, being intentional, living a godly life with consistency that they can witness.
3/19/2019 02:18:46 pm
Oh WoW, Mary! What an honor! Thank you so much! Send me a link please. :)
3/19/2019 02:36:49 pm
Found the link Mary :) Thank you again!
7/26/2022 08:55:54 pm
I have seen how God is working amazingly in the lives of my children when they learn to tithe.I pray with them everyday but I fear the wordly influence but God gave me a word to Pray the hunger and fear of God in their Lives.
12/16/2022 05:21:08 pm
I like how you suggest teaching kids personally to read the Bible and pray to help them be more godly. I imagine it would also be beneficial for them to experience Christian principles with their peers. My brother and his wife are Christian with two teenage boys, and I think it would be smart for them to send my nephews to a reliable youth conference.
1/11/2023 02:37:48 am
Reading your post made my day. As a mom seeing our child grow righteously with the help of God is such a big blessing a mother can be proud of. Thank you for writing content about raising a child in gods way. Great post!
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