OK – Just watched my first video for this challenge and I can tell this is going to be great!! I am so excited to get started on my homework tonight.
Here is a link for the first sessions video:
I encourage you to take a look and come up with some notes of your own! Don’t forget to download the free work book so you can follow along!
My notes for the video are as follows –
Who taught me to be a parent? – In most cases we take the good, bad and ugly experiences from our past to formulate our ideas of parenting based on our personalities. We think – well as long as I try to do better than my parents my kids will at least turn out as good as me.
Less than 11% of christians believe that the bible teaches on how to be a parent and raising children
We can’t just let each day slip by flying by the seat of our pants hoping everything turns out ok. We have to lean on the Lord and look to His word to help shape our children. This is such an important task – we can not leave it up to chance.
Often our selfish expectations get in the way of us being able to be good stewards of our children. We want them to act or behave in a certain way and react out of anger towards them when they don’t, often times over issues that do not upset the Lord. (I have been very guilty of this just recently) >.<
A minister according to webster is: One who acts under the order of another (the Lord) or who is employed by another (the parents I work for) to execute his purposes.
Who are we executing purposes over? the children! All parents and child care providers are ministers!
What is God’s purpose for me as a minister to my child(ren)? 1. my transformation 2. Gods glorification 3. to love my child(ren) 4. to train my child(ren)
God uses our kids to transform us and perfect us! He uses their trials and struggles to draw out of us the things that he wants to change in us allowing us to be a better image of him.
when we are not grounded in the Lord and leaning on HIm we are prone to react out of anger, frustration and out of the flesh towards our children rather than in a way that would glorify the Lord
We are supposed to be an example of God to them at home and in public.
Why did Moses not get to enter the promised land? Because as minister to millions of people he allowed himself to react out of his emotions, anger, and flesh rather than how the Lord asked him to. God was not angry with the people for whining he was willing to give them the water from the rock but by the time Moses made it to the rock he had allowed himself to become angry with his flock of children and misrepresented the Lord to them. – Moses put his selfish expectations on the people rather than letting God do the work in them.
God mentions “fatherless” children 41 times and “widows” 74 times – His heart is upon single parent families!
The word widow used in the old testament does not only mean a woman whose husband has died it simply means – a woman who is lacking a husband – in this since I would be considered a widow…..I can think of a bunch of wonderful old testament scriptures I am now included in ❤