Posts Tagged ‘God’

The importance of Christian parenting

August 18, 2011 1 comment

Concerned by the recent riots in the United Kingdom, lawlessness seems rife and a lack of respect for society appears rampant amongst young people today.
I deleted a Facebook contact because I could not stand his vulgar language on his status. Shameful thing was he is a 16 year old relative of mine but every other word was a swear word and it made me cringe. I was even more saddened to hear that his father (who unfortunately is separated from the boy’s mother) has no control over this young man. I believe that you can see good parenting through children’s attitudes and behaviour.

I’m not the perfect parent but I pray daily that God will teach me how to be a good mother. Whilst on holiday with my family, my seven year old son has been leading us in prayer before we go out. We tell him daily how blessed he is to have gone on holiday as many are not as fortunate as him to have been given the same opportunities he has experienced in his young life. We remind him that God is our provider, that God gave his mum and dad their jobs, the food on his table, the clothes on his back, the money to buy his toys with. My two year old daughter has been copying his prayers and at meal times is the first one to remind the rest of the family to pray and give thanks for the food.

I’m so thankful to my mother who is an exemplary Christian teacher to my children. We were driving to Disney World and she led a family discussion about the ten commandments. She did it in a fun way for the kids to understand and my son raised questions which my husband and I were able to answer.

Teaching children about God is a lifestyle and should not be ‘cloak and dagger’. I am always reminded by the bible verse Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train a child in the way that they should go so that when they are old, they will not turn away from it’. There’s too much going on in the world today to not be concerned as to what happens with your child. I heard somewhere that if you don’t discipline a child by the time they are seven, it’s going to be struggle to instil discipline thereafter.

week 10 – Kids learning about God

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I finally tackled John 3:16. I was oooing and ahrrring about it but finally got the courage to talk about it with my 6yo son, Sam.
John 3:16 is a core verse in Christianity. Without God giving His only Son Jesus, we would have no salvation or redemption and so it was or is a vital ingredient in forming Sam’s Christian faith. As the verse is quite long, we stayed learning it for almost 3 weeks.

The first week, he copied the verse into his notebook and stuck the memory card on the mirror. I then helped him recite it but found the most important aspect of reciting the verse was Sam being able to understand what it meant. I therefore spent time telling Sam why Jesus died for us. He had many questions like ‘Why did God allow Jesus to die?’ ‘Why do we have to believe in Jesus?’ and ‘what is eternal life?’ Once he understood the meaning of the verse, it became revelation to him (his light bulb moment as we like to put it) and he could recite it better. Today I wrote the verse on a piece of paper and cut it up into small groups which he then had to put together (a bit like a puzzle).

He had fun doing this! The one thing that I have learnt about my time sharing to Sam about God is appreciating the time we have together. Though my 1yo lingers in the background doing her own thing, Sam appreciates the attention that I give him during these short intervals and these moments of bonding I wouldn’t miss for the world.

What has Jesus done for you?

March 12, 2010 6 comments

Jesus shows us an enormous amount of love, grace and mercy in our everyday lives.  Testimonies are a great way of sharing how lives have been changed through salvation, faith, healing and miracles.  I want to collect testimonies of how God has helped you to encourage others in faith and help bring those who do not yet know Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.

So, feel free to add your testiomony in the comment boxes below.  I as well as others look forward to reading them.

My Personal Testimony

I started working for myself when I was 25 years old.  My husband and I decided that we would use our first home as a care home.  I was still working for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom at the time as a Community Learning Disability Nurse.  Our joint salary was enough to pay our mortgage and household expenses but when we decided to convert our home into a care home we found that we would need to purchase another house for us to live in.  My lovely father gave me the deposit to put towards our second home which then gave us a second mortgage.  I thought it would be easy for us to fill the home.   But for six months, there were no clients and  I was struggling to pay two mortgages and all the additional expenses that it came with.   I took up two extra jobs in order to pay the bills as well as my full-time job and believe me it was a hard going.  One evening I was about to give up on the whole business venture as my father who is not a believer in Christ (yet) was pressuring me because he could not see the investment of his money.  Thankfully my husband and mother encouraged me to stick with it and one evening I got down on my knees and prayed.  The financial burden was too much to bear.  I got to a point in prayer where I was literally weeping and relying on Jesus to see me through.  At the end of my prayer, a dear friend (also a pastor) of mine called up to tell me that whatever I asked for in prayer God would provide for me.  She didn’t have a clue what I was going through let alone my prayer request that evening.

Sure enough within a week I had my first client walk through the care home doors and lets just say the rest is history.  God has pulled through for me on many occasions and whatever trials you might be facing at the moment, He will pull through for you too.  Be encouraged!!

(To read more of my personal testimonies read my book ‘Be Somebody’ )