Role Modeling

The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith (and Not Developing Their Own)

The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith

The other day something reminded me of the popular 1993 book, “The Celestine Prophecy” (anyone remember that?). “The Celestine Prophecy” is a fiction book that discusses ideas rooted in New Age spirituality. The book sold 20 million copies and practically spawned its own cult-like religion, with groups popping up all over the country to study the insights and apply them to life. I discovered this book when I was fresh out of high school and was enamored by it. The insights were exciting (“there’s Read More…

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A Must Read for All Christian Families: Revolutionary Parenting

I just finished reading the book “Revolutionary Parenting:  Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions” by George Barna.  I couldn’t put it down! It was so compelling and directly relevant to the focus of this blog (intentional Christian parenting) that today I want to share several key highlights from it. The author, George Barna, is the founder of the Barna Group, a leading market research company in tracking and analyzing matters of faith. The extensive research the Barna Group Read More…

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8 Faith-Based Reasons You Should Apologize to Your Kids

There are days when I put the kids to bed and feel like I should be handed an Olympic medal for my performance as a mom in the most trying of situations (OK, not many, but maybe once a year). Then there are days that I put the kids to bed, close the door, and fold my face into my heads thinking of how I handled the challenges that came my way that day. One night last week, I visited a friend on a “face in the hands” day. I told her how disappointed I was in my handling of a situation and how Read More…

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4 Things Kids Should Learn Not to Say When Sharing Their Faith

On Tuesday night during our Bible study time with the kids, I realized that it had probably never occurred to them that there are people who don’t believe what we do about Jesus. I asked, “Did you know that not everyone knows about Jesus? And that some people who do know about Jesus don’t believe He is real or that the Bible is true?” Kenna’s eyes became huge.  She then suggested, “We should tell them!” And just like that, a multitude of childhood evangelism “failures” Read More…

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9 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Praying Out Loud

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of praying out loud with your children: Prayer is the heart of a relationship with Jesus.  How can there be relationship without communication? If we want our kids to develop a relationship with Him, they have to become comfortable with prayer, and that is much less likely to happen if they only hear prayers in church on Sundays. Praying as a family is critical. Despite the importance of family prayer, it has been very difficult for me to overcome Read More…

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5 Ways You May Be Teaching Your Kids to Worry Without Realizing It

Worry

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” (Matthew 6:27-29) Growing up, worry was practically a family member in our house. It was always there, and if it wasn’t, we pretty much went looking for it. There was nearly constant worry over money, health, political outcomes, the weather, Read More…

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5 Family Prayer Ruts and How to Get Out of Them

Prayer Rut

A couple of months ago, my mom injured her back. I started praying with the kids each day that grandma’s back would heal. In a few days, she was much better. I hadn’t yet mentioned it to the kids, however, so they continued to pray for her. Nathan (praying): “Please help grandma’s back to feel better.” Me (after the prayer): Nathan, grandma’s back is better now! God answered our prayers. We don’t need to keep praying for her. Fast forward a couple of days. Nathan (praying): Read More…

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40 Things To Expect From a Christian Life

40 Things To Expect From a Christian Life

After writing in my last post about managing your kids’ expectations when teaching them to listen to God, I realized how little most of us knew what to expect on any faith matter when we became a Christian. We were taught what to believe. We were taught what to do with that belief. We were taught the eternal result of that belief. But most of us were given very little, if any, expectation of what we might think, feel, hear and experience throughout a life dedicated to Christ. That lack Read More…

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