We got back from the Family Economics Conference Sunday afternoon. We were able to attend church on the campus of Southeastern Seminary and then Scott Brown's church fed all those in attendance. It was a wonderful time in the Lord and the conference was especially good. We were strengthened in our resolve to build a strong Godly family for the Lord and given a vision of what it looks like to have an entrepreneurial mindset for whole families. We are now praying for God to use the things He has taught us to either redirect us, or to help us to place that vision in our own children.
The pictures are various shots of the family while we were there. Once we got home, Monday I was faced with about seven loads of laundry and a little girl who started showing signs of being sick. Today, my youngest son has come down with the virus and it has hit him especially hard with a high fever and he is, as I type, asleep on the couch. Since today is Wednesday when I usually post on training children, I wanted to introduce you to a concept that you may have not thought about before. What kind of appetite are you building in your children?
By appetite, I do not mean what they are eating. I mean what desires are you helping to cultivate in your home and interaction with your children that will either bring them closer to the Lord, or further away. I think many times as parents we do not give this much thought. I plan to get more specific with this at a later date, but before you plan any activity, watch any movie, buy any video game, read aloud any book, take any vacation...ask yourself, "Will this build my children up in the faith, or could it be a potential to ensnare them when they have families of their own?"
I was always a big proponent of Walt Disney World. That was my dream vacation. I had gone there a couple of times as a young girl and had grown up with Disney movies. After I got married and started having children, some movies that I watched before all of a sudden took on a different meaning. I began seeing themes in the movies that did not match up to a Biblical worldview. For instance, Little Mermaid was rebellious against her father. Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast, was a daughter that tired of her home life and sought great adventure somewhere else. Pocahontas, besides being historically inaccurate, had mysticism in it...and the list goes on.
When we started getting the mindset of having multiple children for the glory of God, all of a sudden places like Walt Disney World were unaffordable. Then we began to wonder, "If we want our children to love children and desire many of them, would taking them to a place that is so costly be the wisest use of our time?" I don't know about you, but when I went to Walt Disney World, coming back home was always a downer. The real world can never compete with the fantasy world. Now, before you think that I am saying going to Walt Disney World is a sin...please understand...that is not what I am saying at all. We just decided that it did not fit the goals and appetites we wanted to place into the lives of our children. Instead, we have found that going away to mountain getaways and Godly conferences such as the one we just got back from have built a desire for such things in our children.
Our children would much rather go to a homeschool conference, or a spiritual conference of some other kind than an amusement park. And rather than feeling let down when they come back to their "normal" life, they have gained a greater sense of the vision that God has for their lives.
I have seen great strides in spiritual maturity with my almost 15 year old daughter just from attending these spiritual conferences.
Being among Godly, like-minded people brings a refreshment like no other.
Pouring over the Word of life brings true joy and contentment...much more than a roller coaster could ever do.
So, the next time you making a decision about anything...yes, and even where to vacation.
Ask yourself what will bring an eternal difference in the lives of your children, because even God cares where you take your vacations.
Our time to raise our children in Godly character is so very short.
Let's take every opportunity to give them ways to grow for the glory of God. Those are moments you will never regret.
May the Lord give us wisdom to do all for His glory!
This final picture is our family with some of our very best friends in the world. They are more like our family than just friends. They too were at the conference and the Lord greatly blessed our time together. Until next time my friends...keep pressing toward the mark for Christ's sake!