Thursday, February 24, 2011

Loving my family

We are working through a great book at our Military Moms group. The other leaders and I are taking turns summarizing the chapters and I just had the ones on loving your family. Funny how we have been getting the areas we feel most challenged in! I had typed up my notes and wanted to share them here. I highly highly highly recommend this book!!

Chapter 11 - A Woman’s High Calling to Her Family

p.157 worded well: blessing to have children to love and a privilege to raise them

p.161 “What is a godly mother? A godly mother is one who loves the Lord her God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength and then passionately, consistently, and unrelentingly teachers her offspring to do the same”

p.166 “No one else is called to love our children but us. And no one else can love our children like us.”

p.167 “I see God’s high calling as being fivefold: If you have children, you are to:

1. Love them and make loving them your highest pursuit.
2. Look to the Word of God for His guidelines for being a loving Christian mother.
3. Look at the modeling of older Christian women as they express Christlike love to their children.
4. Look to the older Christian women to teach you the how-to’s of such love.
5. Learn from such women.”

Chapter 12 - Loving Your Family - An Essential for Godly Living

p.170 “Time is subtle. It appears to be passing slowly - too slowly for our impatient ways!”
LOVE THIS QUOTE! "Time is subtle." Goes along with the quote I love and have on my blog already: "These are our longest days but our shortest years." Great reminder!

p.171 “We can so easily get caught up in trying to hurry our life (and our children’s lives!) along, to get past these seemingly unimportant and sometimes bothersome days.”

p.171 Ten Ways to Love Your Children

1. Teach them
- “On and on the list of worldly “must knows” goes. But the weightier things - the fundamentals of the Christian life… are treated as secondary or are completely absent.”
- Do you love God enough… and do you love your children enough to sacrifice:
Your self (it will cost you personally to put this discipline in place)
Your time (lesser pursuits will have to make way for the greater)
Your energy (training is rewarding work… but never easy work)
You money (Bibles and books and music and materials will have to be obtained to help aim your teaching of God’s truth straight into your youngsters’ hearts)?

2. Train them
To work and fulfill their responsibilities and do things “heartily” and with a good attitude
To obey (parents and what Bible teaches)
To respect

3. Talk to God about them. Aka Pray.

4. Talk to them about God.

5. Take time to read on mothering. Read to keep sharp as a mom and to keep actively reaching to do a better job.

6. Take time to read to them. “The God-inspired words of the Bible must take root in our precious youngsters’ hearts!” p.177.

Focus on what’s important “instead of puppets and cartoon figures, instead of caped and masked super-heroes, instead of teen idols and rock stars!” p.178

7. Teach them to pray.

8. Take care of them. ““loving” your children means taking care of them. Food, clothes, rest, a safe home, order, a schedule, a place of peace are your children’s rights.”
THIS IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT BUT A STRUGGLE FOR ME BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE SCHEDULES AND ROUTINE. BUT MY KIDS DESERVE THAT.

9. Tell them about Jesus.

10. Try your best - with the Lord’s help - to model godliness.

p.181 “The world is tugging at our children’s hearts, pulling them down and away from God. Loving our children means we are willing to get down in the trenches and fight to turn our children’s hearts toward God - toward His Word and His ways.”

And lastly some SCRIPTURE to leave you with that was referenced in the book. Elizabeth George is great at tying in bible verses to back up what she says.

Deut 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Prov 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

1 Tim 2:15 But women will be saved through childbearing - if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. (Translation of saved more accurately preserved.)

Titus 2:3-4 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children

2 Tim 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.


1 comment:

Emily said...

I am going to get this book! I've enjoyed it so far and loved today's devotion ;)