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3 Kids Bibles that will Engage Your Child

Get your little ones engaged in God’s Word with a Kids Bible they can understand and encourage them to personalize their faith.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14 NIV

God has a heart for children, and His Word makes it clear that He desires to be in an intimate relationship with them. Teaching your kids about their Lord and Savior is one of your greatest responsibilities as a parent – but it’s also one of your greatest blessings. Encourage your little ones to draw near to their Father with a Kids Bible they can easily understand.

The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite of young children and their parents for decades. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it the perfect way to introduce young children to the stories of the Bible. With new three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish and more.

NLT Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible

Scripture memorization grounds kids in their faith, equips them for the future and solidifies their relationship with Christ. The NLT Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible was designed to encourage kids to read God’s Word and hide it deep within their hearts. One hundred of the Bible’s core verses have been set to music by renowned children’s author and songwriter Stephen Elkins. The 100 songs include a variety of genres and are available in the New Living Translation, New International Version and King James Version.

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Now available with full-color throughout, the bestselling NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers includes the complete New International Reader’s Version written for a third grade reading level—for children just beginning to explore the Bible on their own. Kids ages 6-10 will be even more captivated with learning about the Bible and growing closer in their relationship with God. Enjoy 30% Off All Adventure Bibles now through November 17.

Give your child their very own Bible as a gift or choose a Bible together. Challenge them to read a whole chapter of the Bible, memorize their favorite verse or have them read their new Bible to you.

How do you encourage your kids to spend time in God’s Word?

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5 Biblical Lessons to Teach Your Kids

Math, science, art and history – your kids learn a lot in the classroom but what about at home? As parents who are raising ambassadors for Christ, it’s important to make sure an understanding of God’s Word is part of the equation. That’s why we’ve outlined five lessons to teach your children that align with God’s will for them.

Love God
There’s a reason this is the first commandment. Jesus instructs us in Mark 12:30 to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind and soul. This is a lesson that children can begin to grasp at an early age and will serve as the foundation for all other principles.

Be Kind
The golden rule taught in grade school has more biblical truth to it than you might have thought. In Matthew 7:12 Jesus tells us to do to others what we would want them to do to us. Kindness is rooted in a deep love and respect for all of God’s people.

Respect Authority
Whether it’s a parent or the president, the Bible is very clear that we are to respect authority. Romans 13:1 reminds us that the authorities in place have been established by God. We are to teach our children that we don’t have to fear authority if we ultimately trust our Lord and Savior.

Tell the Truth
Help your child understand the importance of honesty. Ephesians 4:25 commands us to speak truth to our neighbors because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Similar to kindness, the ability and desire to tell the truth stems from love and respect.

Give Thanks
We serve a good God who delights in blessing us. The enemy is quick to attack our thoughts in an attempt to consume us with negativity and unmet needs, but it is so important to drown them out with praise and thanks to our Father in Heaven. Psalm 100:4 says that we are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise His name. Instill a heart of gratitude in your child and be quick to point out all of the good things God is doing in their life.

While these lessons are important, they’re not all-inclusive. The Bible offers more grace and guidance for parents than we could fit into a blog, so we encourage you to ask for wisdom and spend time in the Word as you seek to raise children of God.

We believe something great happens when a child applies the Bible to their life and begins to understand who God has called them to be. That’s why we’ve created an exclusive line of superhero-inspired kids’ decor called Small But Mighty. This line is designed to remind your little ones that while they might be small, their faith makes them mighty — especially when they use their powers to serve and love others.

What biblical lessons would you add to our list?

6 Guidelines for Encouraging Your Child’s Spiritual Growth

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NIV

This verse is both a command and a promise – a command to raise children who know Jesus, and a promise that God will be faithful in holding up His end of the deal. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect but He does ask us to be purposeful. Encourage your kids to pursue Jesus with these guidelines for fostering spiritual growth.

Teach Them To Be Thankful 
Use everyday moments as opportunities to teach them gratitude. Go around the dinner table and take turns sharing something positive that happened that day. Use their response as an opportunity to show your children how God has blessed them.

Get Them Involved In God’s Word
Introduce your little one to God’s Word with a kid’s Bible. Get them excited about their faith by taking them with you to pick one out. Have their name imprinted on the cover to personalize their Bible and explain how God’s Word speaks directly to them.

Practice Prayer
Teach your children about the power of prayer. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or as you tuck them into bed, make sure you and you set aside a consistent time every day to pray. Encourage them to explore prayer on their own and document their conversations with God in a prayer journal.

Cultivate Curiosity
Kids ask a lot of questions. Do your best to answer them and introduce Christian principles to their everyday curiosities. The more often you initiate conversations, the more comfortable they will feel coming to you when they need direction.

Create Community
Faith flourishes in the presence of community. Encourage Godly friendships by getting them involved in a youth group and other activities with the church outside of Sunday service. Surround your children with kids and adults who model Christ.

Lead By Example
Whether they admit it or not, your children look up to you. They are watching and learning your attitudes and actions. You have a unique opportunity to show them what it means to live out their faith. Go to God in prayer and ask him for guidance and wisdom as you seek to raise children who love the Lord.

We hope you feel inspired to foster your child’s faith in new and exciting ways. Tell us how you encourage your little ones in their spiritual journey.

6 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Kids as They Head Back to School

Your babies may be walking to the bus stop or driving themselves to high school for the first time. Either way, the end of August can be an anxious time for kids (and parents too!) Calm those back to school jitters and put your trust in God. Pray these verses and leave your little ones in the capable hands of the Father.

Pray for Understanding
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. – Philippians 1:9-10 NLT

Pray for Maturity
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. – 1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV

Pray for Perseverance
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. – Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Pray for Courage
Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 AMP

Pray for Opportunity
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:10 NIV

Pray for Godly Friendships
Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. – Proverbs 18:24 MSG

Use these verses to combat your fears and ask for favor during this time of transition. Looking to go deeper? Moms in Prayer will help you further explore how to pray for your children using Scripture. This bestseller is included in our Buy One Get One 50% Off sale on all books now through August 25!

7 Bible Verses to Share with Your Daughter about her Identity in Christ

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The right friends, the right opinions, the right pant size – tween girls are at an age where they’re feeling pressured to look and act a certain way. Society, the media and their peers are all competing to be their source of self-worth. Your precious daughter is in one of the most delicate and influential seasons of her life – it’s up to you to be the voice of truth.

It’s our hope that these verses will inspire a larger conversation with your daughter about who she is and whose she is. We encourage you to ask God for guidance as you communicate what it means to be a Daughter of the King.

7 Bible Verses about Identity

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Solomon 4:7 NIV

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. – Psalm 139:14 NKJV

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. – Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Be intentional about speaking truth to your daughter. Challenge her to memorize a verse, pray these promises over her life and remind her to just have fun while remembering Jesus. Spark your tween girl’s faith with our exclusive new line of Cupcakes & Jesus clothing and accessories. It’s sweet, sparkly and speaks truth to your daughter using messages that remind her to be bold, shine bright and show the love of Christ.

How do you teach your little girl about what it means to be a child of God?

Painting Memories With My Child

Leah DiPascal February 26, 2016

Painting Memories With My Child
LEAH DIPASCAL

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed …” Proverbs 31:27-28a (NIV)

When I was young the hardest years for me were in middle school.

I can remember 7th grade being the absolute worst. Wearing glasses certainly wasn’t trendy back then and waking up to a new candy-apple-red blemish on my face had become a common occurrence.

I dreamed of having beautiful soft curls like my best friend, Kerry, but the poker straight hair growing from my roots refused to bounce like hers. Instead, each strand hung limp and lifeless, while my bangs clumped together in an oily mess on my forehead.

Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling like Miss Congeniality.

To make matters worse, my sister was a few years older and I would constantly compare her accomplishments to my failures.

She was a popular high school cheerleader … and I had nothing to cheer about. In my eyes, she did everything right. In my thoughts, I couldn’t do anything right.

Although I figured no one noticed my frustration, my momma did and one day she said to me, “Why don’t we start a new hobby together.” I was reluctant at first, but with a little prompting Momma persuaded me to consider the idea.

A couple weeks later we went to our very first painting class at a local artist’s home.

The combined odor of acrylics, oil-based paint and turpentine would later become a scent I’d learn to love over the years as Momma and I kept our weekly date — every Tuesday night — to paint together.

We’d sit side-by-side with paintbrushes in hand, as Momma would encourage me by pointing out what she loved about my paintings. Months passed and my confidence slowly grew as our relationship deepened to a whole new level.

Looking back, I realize the tremendous investment Momma chose to make during that awkward middle school year when I was struggling.

She could have simply signed me up to take the classes on my own or suggested I spend more time with friends, which would have been a lot cheaper. Instead, Momma set aside other priorities and rearranged her schedule to devote time with me.

Just like the Proverbs 31 woman in today’s key verse: “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed … ” 

My mother was keenly aware of what was going on in our home and took notice of her little girl who was hurting inside.

Her attention to detail, and effort in making a difference, afforded me the wonderful privilege to “arise and call her blessed.”

To this day, every time I look at one of Momma’s oil paintings, my eyes swell with tears as I’m reminded of her devotion and love for me. I’m also challenged in the best way to be keenly aware of what’s going on in my own home and take notice if one of my kids seems to be struggling.

I aspire to be like my mother. To always be willing to set aside other priorities and rearrange my schedule to devote time with my children and relationally invest in them.

As I make these small deposits of love, I trust and pray that God will dispense a beautiful return as my kids arise and one day call me blessed.

Heavenly Father, help me every day to be the kind of momma who invests in her children by encouraging, loving and dedicating time to do special things with them. Knit our hearts together as we share simple moments that will create beautiful memories — not only for me, but also for my children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (ESV)

Isaiah 66:13a, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you …” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Could you or someone you know use some practical wisdom and a little less guilt in parenting? You might appreciate Lysa TerKeurst’s, Am I Messing Up My Kids? … and Other Questions Every Mom Asks.

Stop by Leah DiPascal’s blog today for more encouragement on parenting and sign up for this week’s giveaway. 

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Calling all moms! How about taking your child or teenager on a date this month? Keep it simple and don’t feel pressured into spending a lot of money. Time together is what matters the most.

Consider making deposits of love toward your child today by spending more time alone with them. Be attentive, offer encouraging words or simply listen as they share a story or a dream they hope will one day come true. These special moments are worth the investment and will make a difference in your child’s life.

© 2016 by Leah DiPascal. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 31 Ministries
630 Team Rd., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105
www.Proverbs31.org

Lessons from a Yellow Slip ’N Slide

T. Suzanne Eller FEBRUARY 17, 2016

Lessons from a Yellow Slip ’N Slide
SUZIE ELLER

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” Psalm 103:15-16 (NIV)

My 2-year-old daughter had drunk enough water from the hose that her little belly looked like a watermelon. Her twin brother wore only a bloated diaper. My eldest, 3 years old, struggled to keep her bathing suit on.

The liquid dish soap I added to the water made the Slip ’N Slide like a rocket. Their little bodies flew as they squealed in delight. I was having a blast until the car drove up. Three church ladies wearing dresses stepped out of the car. I recognized them from the new church we’d visited the week before.

I immediately wished I could whisk a wand so we’d all be invisible. What would they think of my mostly naked child with her watermelon belly? Or my son with his 5-pound diaper? What did I look like with my hair half-dry, the other half wet and sticky from the soap solution?

The women walked to the fence and greeted me. “Can we come in?” one asked.

That’s when real panic set in. Until that moment our day had been almost perfect, but my home? It was far from perfect! Laundry was piled in a basket on the kitchen table. Toys cluttered the living room. As a mom of three toddlers, I worked hard but cleaning my small house was like mowing the grass only to come out five minutes later and discover it had grown eight inches.

When the women stepped inside, I saw it through their eyes and I began to wrestle with comparison.

Surely, I thought to myself, other moms with three children under age 4 were able to keep a spotless home, fold their laundry as it came out of the dryer and organize toys so you didn’t step on them.

Surely there were other moms who had a roast — no, strike that because maybe red meat isn’t the healthiest option — a chicken and fresh vegetables roasting for dinner.

Surely there were other moms with stretch marks who weren’t wearing a swimsuit in the backyard where God and everybody could see.

Sadly, I allowed those thoughts to overshadow the beauty of that day.

Looking back, I wish I hadn’t.

My children are grown now and I’m “Gaga” to six beautiful grandbabies under the age of 5. Today, when my children flock to my house with their kids, car seats, fruit snacks and diaper bags, I want them to know something important.

Sometimes, we act as if we have forever and we put too much emphasis on what others think. Or we get so tangled up in our to-do lists that we forget to enjoy the moment with those we love the most.

Sure, we have tasks to do and they are important, but no more valuable than the sweet pockets of play and silliness. As my grown children gather around the table, they don’t talk about how spotless my kitchen once was (or wasn’t), or how I managed to have it all together. Instead, they laugh as they remember how the dish soap made the Slip ’N Slide so fast, or how mama took an afternoon off from laundry to enjoy the noon sunshine.

Those flashes of time have become precious markers of their childhood that settled as memories. As our key verse reminds us, “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more” (Psalm 103:15-16).

I know we’re busy, yet today is a good day to laugh with a child. It’s a perfect day to stop comparing ourselves to others. It’s a good time to put down the to-dos for a few minutes and enjoy the moment.

Heavenly Father, I get trapped in busy work that seems so important, and sometimes I forget to just laugh. Slow me down for a few moments today, Lord. Whisper in my heart about the importance of making sweet memories with those I love the most. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Sometimes enjoying the moment means embracing our God-given talents and abilities before time gets away. If you want to connect with authors like Suzie Eller, our Proverbs 31 Speaker and Writer teams and others in the writing and speaking community, join us for She Speaks 2016, held July 21-23, in Concord, N.C.

If your childhood was painful and you struggle in any way with knowing how to be a mom, Suzie Eller’s book, The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past to Give Your Kids a Great Future, offers practical help, healing and encouragement.

Join Suzie on her blog for a giveaway of The Mom I Want to Be.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Sometimes we feel pressure simply because it’s a busy season, but many times we put the pressure on ourselves.

Give yourself permission to slow down and enjoy the moment. Remind yourself that the memories you make are just as valuable as the tasks you perform.

© 2016 by Suzie Eller. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 31 Ministries
630 Team Rd., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105
www.Proverbs31.org

I Will Always Love You

Wendy Pope FEBRUARY 10, 2015

I Will Always Love You
WENDY POPE

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 (NLT)

It’d been one of those weeks. Every time I turned around, my precious little toddler had gotten into something else. The dirty laundry hadn’t moved from the hallway in days. And my baby wouldn’t go down for his nap.

As quietly as possible, I tried to rock him to sleep for the umpteenth time, but my 3-year-old daughter kept coming in the nursery with markers in her hand. With frustration in my voice, I told her once and for all to go to her room and I would color with her later. She obeyed and marched her tiny feet straight to her bedroom. But she didn’t wait for me to color.

After the baby finally fell asleep, I headed to Blaire’s room. As I opened the door, I stepped on the masterpiece she had been creating. Her frustrations with me were illustrated all over the carpet in her favorite purple marker. (Yes, this is when I learned to have only washable markers in our home.)

I wish I could say I was as “slow to anger” as Christ is with me. But my voice and words were harsh. Blaire began to cry uncontrollably and I put myself in time-out.

After a little while Blaire found me. Still short of breath from her crying, she asked a very sad question: “Do you still love me?”

Her question caused me to reflect on the magnitude of God’s enduring love. I was able to respond to her the same way my heavenly Father responds to me, “There is nothing you can do that would make me stop loving you. I will always love you.”

Have you ever thought about the magnitude of God’s enduring love? 1 Chronicles 16:34 records this amazing truth: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

For years, I never really considered what that meant. I knew God loved me, but the fact that His love endures forever was hard to comprehend. Nothing we do will make Him love us more or love us less.

As a mother, I’ve endured sleepless nights, cranky kids and the daily building of tents. When compared to what God’s love endures for me though, I stand amazed!

  • His love died for you and me while we were still sinners.
  • His love grants us mercy when we stray from His ways.
  • His love overcomes our fears and doubts.
  • His love never leaves us nor forsakes us.
  • His love makes a place for us to spend eternity with Him.

How can He love like that? Because He is God and only God is capable of such love. The first half of 1 Chronicles 16:34 tells us to “give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!” Let’s do that today!

Lord, thank You for your steadfast and enduring love. Help me to love others the way You love me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 63:3, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (ESV)

Psalm 138:8, “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (ESV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Spark your love for God’s Word with Wendy Pope’s Bible study, Trusting God for A Better Tomorrow: A Psalms Bible Study.

Visit Wendy’s blog for more encouragement.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Who in your life has shown you enduring love? A grandparent, spouse, friend? If possible, write a note to tell them thank you.

Then, write a letter of gratitude to the Lord, giving Him thanks for specific instances when He showed His enduring love to you.

© 2016 by Wendy Pope. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 31 Ministries
630 Team Rd., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105
www.Proverbs31.org

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson

Many parents want to see positive character traits in their children but wonder how to instill them. As stars of the hit reality show “Duck Dynasty”, Korie and Willie Robertson receive loads of letters and messages from fans asking how did they raise such good kids. As Korie will tell you, it wasn’t easy, but it is possible. A straightforward approach to parenting, Strong and Kind helps parents identify the character traits they want to see in their children along with the tools for putting them in place.

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson

At Family Christian, we believe strongly in the power of Godly parents who place God first in their lives and strive to raise their children to have a personal relationship with Jesus as well.  To help you along in your journey, we would like to offer four of our customers the chance to win their own copy of Strong and Kind.  Entering is easy…just use the form below.

When Parenting Is Scary

Kristen Welch FEBRUARY 9, 2016

When Parenting Is Scary
KRISTEN WELCH

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“But, Mom … will you please change your mind? It’s not fair!” my daughter said.

I knew what my answer had to be since I’d grounded her earlier in the day. But it wasn’t going to be easy.

Sometimes right before I tell my kids no, that split second before the word comes out of my mouth, I am afraid.

I am afraid to be strong.
I am afraid to follow through.
I am afraid of what will happen when I say no.

I think every mom knows this fear. We know it’s often easier to give into demands than to dig in to our resolve. Sometimes it’s easier to run away than stand and be courageous.

I’ve learned the harder I work at raising grateful kids, the harder the job gets. When kids resist chores and grumble about dinner, slam doors and argue with their siblings, it can make a mom feel like a complete failure.

Recently in the middle of a kitchen standoff, all of the above was happening.

My husband walked up behind me and tugged on my arm before things escalated with my daughter. We left our kids to clean up dinner dishes and locked our bedroom door. And we asked questions we couldn’t answer: Why is parenting so hard? Are we doing this right? Do we have to go back out there?

“If it isn’t hard, maybe we aren’t doing it right. We aren’t alone, honey. God says to be courageous because He will go with us wherever we go … and that means back to the kitchen, eventually,” my husband said quietly in my ear.

I let his words sink in. Because too often I believe the lie that says if I were a great mom, I wouldn’t fight or disagree or battle over opinions and attitudes with my kids. And we wouldn’t hurt each other.

Some days, I feel really alone and afraid. I wonder if I’m the only one in this challenging stage or with a kid in that difficult phase. Sometimes I cling to silence instead of sharing my burden with other moms.

I couldn’t help but think of the words spoken to Joshua, the newly appointed leader of the Israelites: “Do not be afraid … for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

God was commanding him to lead the people into the Promised Land, a beautiful but daunting place. He was reassuring them that wherever He sent them, He would also go with them. When we journey with God, we can rest in the next steps, even when we can’t make them out. Of course, our children are hardly the Philistines, but the fear and uncertainty in parenting might feel similar.

Just because the road gets bumpy, doesn’t mean we are off course. Actually, the right road is bumpy. The correct path does have obstacles and setbacks. The journey is broken and beautiful at the same time.

I was encouraged with these truths and I hope you will be too: It’s okay for our kids to be temporarily unhappy, and their resistance doesn’t mean our failure.

I swallowed the fear and shook off the discouragement, thankful for the reminder that these are normal feelings in parenting. I thanked God for being with me in the hard moments. As I headed back to the kitchen, I clung to the holy promise that I wasn’t alone.

“No, I’m sorry, honey, you can’t go. You’re grounded for the day, remember?” I told my waiting daughter.

I braced myself and stood my ground and calmly suggested another day. She let out a disappointed sigh. When I returned later, that same child was humming in the kitchen, making dessert for the rest of the family. There was no pouting. The anger was long gone. She didn’t ask again.

Sometimes our kids ask for something or demand their way, not to get us to say yes, but to see if we will stick with no.

Oftentimes, our kids surprise us.

And many times, what scares us makes us stronger.

So, the next time we are afraid, we must also remember we are not alone.

Don’t give in. But mostly, don’t give up.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the honor and blessings of being a parent. Please help me parent my children with the same love and discipline You give to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
It’s never too late to raise grateful kids with Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. With Kristen’s practical advice and tips for each age, get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say — but actually mean! — “thank you” for everything they have.

Stop by Kristen’s blog, www.wearethatfamily.com, where she keeps it real, vulnerable and a bit irreverent.

Enter to WIN a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. In celebration of this book, Kristen’s publisher is giving away 5 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, February 15.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What are you afraid of in your parenting journey today? How can you take the next courageous step?

© 2016 by Kristen Welch. All rights reserved.

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