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"Mommy, I know that Jesus is the Savior.”

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My youngest son, Noah, whispered this life-changing truth into my wife’s ear last Easter during worship. 

I was sitting in the same pew, so I asked Sarah what Noah had said.  I had assumed I was about to be on bathroom duty, but no.  God was at work.  The gospel had brought my son from darkness to light.  With his confession, Noah stepped into the Easter story.  How beautiful! 

 A few months later, I got to baptize Noah and start some new routines.  Every night we read Scripture together.  Every night we pray together.  Every night I trust that my boy will center his life on the gospel.  After a year of seeing the gospel at work in Noah, I find myself praying these 3 prayers for him (and all my children) with growing consistency and urgency:

  1. “God, bring my children to yourself.”  

    I’ve learned through error that no amount of coaxing can bring a lost person to Christ, and the same is true for my kids.  I have also learned that God answers prayer in His time.  I hope that this week, as the gospel is magnified, that Jesus will draw my children to himself.   

  2. “God, help my children to join your mission.”

    I want to be less concerned with my kids’ social status, academic success, or earthly reward than I am with their availability to the mission of God.  I hope this week, as my family invites neighbors to church, that I am able to inch my children another step closer to realizing what God put them on this Earth for.  

  3. “God, keep my children close to you."

    Kids are like us adults in this regard:  they are spiritually inconsistent.   Although I am so glad that Easter helps us to refocus, I hope that we stay focused.  I must admit I am convicted that as they look to me, I hope they see Him.  I pray that they will keep their eyes on Jesus and be kept by Jesus.

In just a few days, our church will celebrate the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ.  I love how the gospel-focus gives me prayer-focus and parenting-focus.  I pray for my children to believe in Jesus, because they were made to be His.  As John 1:12 says, “12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 

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Join me in praying for your own children (in your home or grown) and  for all the children of our church to “know that Jesus is the Savior.”

Raising children in your home? Download this free resource from LifeWay that will help you teach the Bible to your kids. This practical workbook is a great tool for getting started with emphasizing the Word in your home and discipling your children who have professed faith in Christ.

 

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Leaving a Legacy

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This article was originally posted on Cathy Jacobs' blog, www.passthelegacy.com, on May 20, 2013.  Join Cathy Jacobs for a free Grandparenting Seminar on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at Shandon Baptist Church.

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A legacy is a gift or inheritance that lives on after we are gone. As grandparents, God intends for us to leave something that will endure long after we depart this world. How are we to do that?

Five ways to pass your legacy to the next generations:

First, tell your children and grandchildren your story.

As you sit around the Thanksgiving table, as you drive in the car on a trip, or as you tuck your kids in bed; tell your family how you first heard about the Lord. Did you always hear your parents talk about God? Or were you in college the first time you met someone who personally knew Jesus Christ? Whether you have walked with the Lord all your life or have just started the journey, share your story with your family. Tell them of the times you struggled with the Lord as well as let them know of the victories God has had in your life. As you communicate your tales of truth, you will be teaching on the “stage of life” about the ways, works and Words of God. You are passing a legacy of God’s faithfulness to the next generations.

Next, build warm memories with your family.

We want our grandchildren to remember the times they spent with us. So, be intentional and do things to imprint their hearts. These memories can be simple things — like always “bless” them before they leave. Or every night they are in your home, kneel beside the bed and say a prayer together. Strategically transform common, even painful events, into powerful, pleasant memories by modeling godly character and a positive attitude. These positive memories will be an anchor to truth in their adulthood.

“Three is a magic number” – Create meaningful traditions.

In today’s turbulent world, it is important for children to have security and stability. Regular and unique customs provide a beautiful backdrop of stability that enhances their outlook and appreciation for life. Our consistency sends a message that says three very important things: “You are loved, valued and special.”

Four, Encourage deeper walks with the Lord!

Read God’s Word to them on a regular basis. Tell them stories of the heroes of the faith. Pray with your family and let them know you are praying for them consistently. Share your heart’s desire that one day you want everyone to be together in the Kingdom of God with “no child left behind.” Let them know that it is not so important as to what you do in life. Rather, it is important as to who you are in Christ!!!

Finally, speak words of affirmation into your family.

No one can give encouragement like a grandma! When we speak words of support and unconditional love, we bolster their self-esteem and empower them toward maturity. Tell them how smart and talented they are and what bright futures you see for them. Watch their faces light up, soaking in every word!

These are powerful ways to leave a strong spiritual legacy for your family. And by doing so, you are connecting the hearts of your loved ones with the heart of their Heavenly Father.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Jacobs has lived in the SC Lowcountry for 25 years.  During that time she raised her family of four children and became heavily invested in her community church.  St. Paul’s, Summerville, eventually became both a place of worship and employment, as she served on the parish staff for 14 years as the full-time Director of Children and Family Ministry.
As part of this team, Catherine transformed the children’s ministry into a center for training parents and grandparents who encourage their children to become life long followers of Jesus.  This passion for increasing the impact of a parent and grandparent’s impact on their child’s heart led to the creation of Pass the Legacy.
Today, Catherine continues her service to the Kingdom and fellowgrandparents and grown parents through the ministry of Pass the Legacy.

 

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