THE WINNER IS:
This newest book written by Rachael Carman and published by Apologia Press brought me to a place where I thought I already was....having a HEART for my kids, but made me realize that I fall waaaaay short in so many ways!
This book showed me that it is more than just having that "mother's love" for them. As the chapters outline I need to:
Have a heart for God
Enrich your marriage
Accept your kids
Release them to God
Teach them the truth
Have a heart for God? Sure, I have that. He is my Lord and Savior, what more is there? Oh, so much more....
Having a heart for God requires self-discipline..building, working on a relationship with Him, DAILY!
Enrich my marriage? Well, let's just say that I pray my children do a much better job in this area than I have done....I've shown them what NOT to do!
Accept my kids? I've always known they were gifts from God, just sometimes I wasn't/aren't thankful for that particular gift, at that particular moment...I'm sure you know what I mean ;)
Release them to God? Hahahaha....gotta admit, I've been forced to do this. Once they start leaving home and there is no more control...who else am I going to release them to?
Teach them the truth? Well, I always thought I did...come to find out I wasn't as good a teacher as I thought I was. Somehow I guess I thought they should just know certain things.
There is no secret formula, no outline, acronym or analogy that will produce God-fearing/loving/honoring children. .... BUT as a parent we are commanded to teach them.
I believe it boils down to this:
Teach them to love God, show them that love and live it....then love others.
*disclaimer: any "good" that my children are, is only because God has their heart! It was nothing that I did or didn't do...
Thank you, Jesus for taking my "attempts" and making beautiful treasures!
Apologia is offering one of these books as a giveaway! It is a good reminder of what is important. To enter please follow this blog anyway you choose (GFC, Twitter, or networked blogs) and tell me why you'd like to win. Please also leave an email contact
Winner will be chosen via random.org on April 26, 2011 and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Apologia Press for my honest review.