I came across the book Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone this week while browsing in a Christian book store. The title instantly grabbed me because that’s exactly how I want to raise my children…to love the Lord. Though I am already trying my best to do this, I figured a little more parenting advice and some fresh approaches wouldn’t hurt. It’s been a goal to start reading more offline anyway, so I bought the book and started reading it right away.
Already I have been grabbed by so many quotes from the book! I want to share some of them with you here so that if raising your kids to know and love the Lord is also a desire of yours, you can decide if this book might be helpful to you as well. So far I am halfway through chapter four of ten and feel it has really given me lots of food for thought.
This is the first post in a new series on Christian Parenting that I’m going to be doing on the blog. My goal is to share with you at least one book, activity, or thought each month. This is mostly a personal goal of mine so that I stay focused on growing and maturing as a Christian parent, but my hopes with sharing my journey is that it will in turn bless some of you. If you have suggestions or ideas for the series, I’d love to hear them!
Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the first 3 chapters of Dave Stone’s book, Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord!
Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord – Chapter One: Top-Button Truths
Nobody does it right all of the time. I remember once watching my three-year-old crawl across the kitchen counter growling like a lion. I asked her, “Does Mommy let you do this?” She replied, “No–but you do!” My prayer is that you will learn from both our blunders and our triumphs.
Whether you have teens or toddlers, whether you’re getting ready for graduation or just beginning potty training, you can influence your kids for Christ. The earlier you begin the process, the better–but it’s never too late. The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today.
Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord - Chapter Two: Who You Are When No One’s Watching
It’s the way you act when you are miles away from your family on a business trip. It’s how you respond when you are the object of advances from a coworker. It’s what you say when a neighbor gossips or a boss pressures you to fudge on a budget. Character is who you are when no one’s watching. But count on it, your kids will watch.
When the phone rings, your spouse answers it, and you silently mouth, “Tell her I’m not here,” don’t be surprised when your daughter lies to you in order to get herself out of an awkward jam with her grades or her boyfriend.
I am to be the same person whether I am holding a communion tray in my hand or a remote control. I am to be the same person whether I am in a hotel room five hundred miles from home or in the family room with my kids. I am to be the same person when I am reading my Bible or browsing through a bookstore. I am to be the same person whether I am on break at work or if I am walking through the santuary of my church. For what matters is my integrity, my purity, and my faithfulness.
So here’s my question for you: Are you a parent who just happens to be a Christian, or are you a Christian who just happens to be a parent? A Christian family doesn’t magically and instantly appear because we wish it into existence. We have to be serious about the task of passing on our faith, about living the way God calls us to live–not just when others are looking, but all day, every day.
Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord - Chapter Three: The Most Powerful Word
Certainly, we believe that God answers prayers. God intervenes. Miracles happen. Circumstances change. But the most important thing prayer changes is the person who’s doing the praying.
Face it–you’re really not Superman. You’re not Superwoman. You can’t save the world. But as a child of God you have a vast reservoir of power at your disposal. Tap into that power. Fill up your tank. The task of raising godly kids is too big–and we are too small–for us to start anywhere except on our knees.
I am excited to finish reading the book and already have begun trying to implement some of the ideas presented into my daily life. I’m also looking forward to reading some of the other titles by Dave Stone when I finish this one: Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, & Laughter and How to Raise Self-Less Kids in a Self-Centered World.
Do you have any good parenting tips or advice for raising your kids to love the Lord?
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