Mobilizing Your Family ~ Resources

fridge horizontalby Nancy Tichy, Author for KidZ at Heart International

Our number one resource, above all else, is the Bible. 

The passage most Christians think of first is found in the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 6.   Hard to find anyone who hasn’t encountered this passage in a sermon or parenting seminar.  And, it is truly valuable for careful study and application.

Scripture is so full of references to family life.  It’s like an ocean teeming with advice to parents and to their children, predictions and promises along with stories that portray family life in both its positive and negative aspects.

The New Testament parallel to Deuteronomy 6 might be 2 Timothy 4:2-6, Never lose your sense of urgency, in season or out of season.  Prove, correct and encourage, using the utmost patience in your teaching.  For yourself, stand fast in all that you are doing, meeting whatever suffering this may involve.  Go on steadily teaching the gospel and carry out to the full the commission that God gave you.

Not all good advice about family matters is found in the Bible.  But we are wise to make sure any advice we follow agrees with Scripture’s clear teaching.

Here are five books that I recommend for every parent’s library:

  1. Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom by Rob Rienow
  2. How To Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell
  3. The 5 Love Languages of Children by Campbell & Chapman
  4. Boundaries With Kids by Cloud & Townsend
  5. Parenting is Heart Work – anything published by Turansky & Miller

And, of course, your faith community is a vital resource.  Hopefully you are part of a fellowship that values kids for themselves, more than for what they can do to help the church grow.  You’ve found a fellowship that supports its various family units, intercedes for them and develops programming to keep families together more than to divide them into age appropriate groupings.

And then, most communities have wholesome secular organizations, healthy schools staffed by teachers who make amazing contributions to kids’ lives, some media (carefully monitored) and, of course, extended family members like aunts, uncles and grandparents.  Especially grandparents! {<;)

If we fail it is not for lack of resources.  Remember, too, God’s promise …to supply all that we need from His glorious resources in Christ Jesus.  May glory be to our God and Father for ever and ever.  (Philippians 4:19)

 

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2 thoughts on “Mobilizing Your Family ~ Resources

  1. I love your metaphor of the Bible as an ocean teeming with advice for parents. I think often we get overwhelmed and try everything else before swimming back toward God’s word. But once we get there, we find what we need.

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