Finding out that I’m expecting another child has caused me to evaluate how I’ve done so far raising the two I have. I’m not perfect parent, but I think I could’ve done better. There are things I wanted for my family and it seems the opposite has came to be.
Here are some quotes from the book that have stirred my heart – some with conviction, some with hope – regarding the raising of my two children:
“Our day-to-day attitudes with our families grow out of an internal relationship with Jesus, not the external circumstances of life.”
There are more aggravation and bad attitudes in our home than I would like. We’ve pushed our Savior out of our home and have let worldliness sabotage our relationships – with Jesus and one another. I am convicted to spend more time with my children in God’s Word and less time allowing each person do their own thing. I believe better attitudes will come of this change.
Is it true that “siblings can get along”? I want in on that!
“Take time at a family dinner to evaluate how well you are accomplishing your mission.”
I can see the importance of having a family mission statement and a weekly evaluation, as this book suggests. My family seems to be headed no where of importance — just getting through each day with superficial successes such as level 5 on a video game or 30 comments on a Facebook status.
“Create memories that last”
We have enjoyable memories, but most of them are when the kiddos were younger. We have let our work and their school and time-wasters push out what’s important. It’s been so long since we played basketball at the park or played 20 questions or had a tickle match. We do watch movies as a family, but I want some fun interactions that can be remembered down the road. This is something I plan to include in our family mission statement and our weekly evaluations.
“Be intentional about teaching your children the difference between a want and need.”
Materialism is a huge barrier to time together in this house. We have encouraged and fed our children the technology bug. as well as giving in to most of their requests. I am determined to teach them some generosity and contentment in the upcoming months.
There is so much more I could say about this book, as it is filled with wonderful messages for the parent. As I said, it has convicted my heart, but given me hope that I can still make a difference in my children’s lives while they are still under my roof.
About the Book
Creative ideas, real-life stories, and Scriptural guidance for being the family that loves being together.
Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter is the second in the Faithful Family series where Dave applies his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenge of building strong spiritual ties to each other as a family. Topics include: Contentment, Security, Loyalty, Gratitude, Spontaneity, Communication, and more.
Preaching is his gift, but Pastor Dave Stone’s family is his life’s blessing. And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. He knows that raising faithful families is a key to the future of the church.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.