Single WIth Children

Needle and threadAre you Single with Children? Do you know someone who is? As we continue to fashion Growing Robes for our sons and daughters, it is imperative to instill in them the tenets of the Biblical family. It is God’s desire that children be raised in an optimum faith environment. More than ever before, we as members of the faith community are being called to order our lives in such a way as to widowafford all children every good thing they need for faith in God. Single with Children is not just a societal classification. It is an open invitation for God’s grace and support extended by His people, the Church.

As of 2014 (Census Bureau), 12 million families in the United States are headed by a single parent and 83% of that total are single mothers. Think about the number of families in your circle of influence that need you to invest in their daily lives. You may be an answer to a single mom’s prayer for someone to assist her efforts to raise her children in godly discipline.

Years ago our son showed great sensitivity to a young classmate whose parents recently divorced. By God’s grace and our son’s prompting we connected with the mother and her three children. In the ensuing years God afforded us many opportunities to lend support and show the love of Jesus to this fractured, but precious family. My son’s young friend went on to be Youth Pastor. For certain, he learned insights within his own family experience that would serve him well in his chosen ministry profession. Our family has been blessed to share the joy of seeing God at work in our midst. In Gods economy, efforts to come along side of single moms (or dads) is never wasted.

In my life of ministry to women and families, God has given me a picture of another type of single mom. She is the mother whose husband and father of her children does not profess faith in Jesus. He may be willing to allow her to raise their children in the way of faith, but he is unwilling to participate in their faith experience. In this situation the children are exempt from the model of a faith dad. In addition, their faith burden for their father grows as their own relationship with God grows. Each of us can be a ray of hope in such families.

The Bible reveals God’s heart for another category of single mom—those who are widowed among us. James describes true religion as looking after orphans and widows in their distress…(James 1:27).I urge you to take this mandate seriously. A women who is Single with Children because of the loss of a husband to death is especially vulnerable in our society.

Just when I thought I was ending my single mom list, another type of Single with Children has come to mind. Think for a moment for the growing number of mothers and children whose lives include a husband and father in prison. No family needs our faith support more than those in which the children know their fathers only behind steel bars.

Fret not, people of faith. There is no statistic known to man by which God is bound! Let’s get this one done in the Lord! Begin by asking God to intersect your path with a Single with Children parent. Be ready to be amazed at how He responds to your burden for those in need of a Growing Robe of faith.

If you are Single with Children please know that God loves you and values your family. Earnestly pray for God’s intervention in your life. Be ready to be amazed at how He responds to your deep desire to do what is right and best for your children. Post a comment on The Growing Robe blog or contact me at deedeecass@gmail.com so that I can cover you with God’s faith and love.

May the Lord lead your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

OPP (opportunity for action): The best way to connect with single parent families is through your children. Raise their awareness of those in school or church that do not have the advantage of a complete family unit. Nurture your own child’s sensitivity to the needs of his classmates. Always remember that service to others in the Lord is never in vain. God will use it to build the faith of your own children in the process. Blessed Sowing!

Don’t Look Now…

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Don’t look now, but your car is being towed!

Don’t look now, but God is on the move. He will not be stopped by parking barricades or security perimeters. He will not mind the plans of officials and well-meaning leaders. He will not be thwarted by failed religious practices, false shepherds or criminal acts against children. He will not be deterred by feeble efforts of the masses to deny Him or turn from Him. God is on the move in the humble heart of His servant.

Don’t look now, but God is shining His light on the Family. Eighteen thousand pilgrims have journeyed to the City of Brotherly Love to seek His favor on their own beloved. There is no dusk in God. His light will not be dimmed by falsehood, philosophies, crime or terror. Nor will it flicker in light of social trends or those who would undermine the heritage of faith that has prevailed in God’s people since the days of Father Abraham. God is shining His light on this generation and those that follow for the purpose of blessing the world through the family of God.

Don’t look now, but God is feeding the poor. He is exalting the humble. He is breaking down the strongholds of greed and materialism that deny daily bread to the hungry and disadvantaged. He is stirring the hearts of His faith community to deny themselves for the sake of their near neighbors. He is calling for us to radically extend God’s grace to others. God is dispensing His compassion and provision to the poor, the homeless, the frail and the weak.

Don’t look now, but God is appealing to the seat of our government. He is in the midst of our elected officials and circulating among our leaders. He is invading our airspace and our airwaves. He is challenging our logic, our laws, and our lack of integrity. He is exposing the plight of untruthful representation of our people. He is revealing personal agendas and ungodly practices. God is beckoning us to rule in the fear of God for the good of the people.

Don’t look now, but God is calling His Church to unity. He is sending us into the world with a message of love of God and love of others. He is consecrating us as ambassadors and peacemakers to impart His justice and His loving-kindness to all we meet. He is demanding our attention to the persecuted and the powerless. God is calling us to Oneness in His Name.

Don’t look now, but the Bible says that Jesus is coming again! And He won’t break through the clouds on Air Alitalia. He will come with His own heavenly beings and his own fanfare of trumpets and clashes of cymbals. There will be no formal announcement of His arrival or a set number of days of preparation. Yes, Jesus is coming again and there will a worship service as the world has never known.

Don’t look now, but God has sent His servant Francis to our shores. Welcome to America, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:27

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

A School Bus Prayer

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When I see a school bus I picture in my mind an egg crate. They both provide transport for fragile cargo. I do not just refer to the children’s safe travel to school. In truth, the dangers in school put our children at greater risk than the ride to school.

A pediatrician once advised me to keep my children at home in the pre-school years. His caution highlighted the need to strengthen our little ones in our own ideologies, beliefs. and family expectations before sending them into the mix. Today we would call this doctor “old-school”! Although my children did attend pre-school, I have never forgotten the wisdom of Dr. Barr’s admonition to secure the heart and mind of my child.

Decades later, I find myself with a passion for securing the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. I encourage young moms to cultivate and nurture faith in their homes. Expose your next generation to the ways of the Lord. Beyond all else, be passionate about imparting the knowledge of God’s love for each of your children. You can be sure that they will need this assurance on the first step out of the school bus door!

Fall is School Bus season. Pray for the children at the bus stops in your community that they be rooted and built up in the faith as (they) were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:17

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

A School Bus Prayer

Dear God, would you guard the heart and mind of my children in Christ today? Deliver them safely to and from their school. May they be met with your favor through teachers that honor and respect them. Surround them with peers that will encourage them and be a positive influence on their character. I pray a hedge of protection around them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lord, would you shield their eyes and ears from anything that would lead them into harm’s way or away from faith in You? And one more thing, Lord, may they be an instrument of your peace and hope in their own generation. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN

OPP (opportunity for action) Pray this prayer for the classmates and friends of your children. Invite them into your home. Be available for car pooling and chaperoning if you are able. Look for ways to encourage those whom God places around your family. Let’s cover the school bus stops across our nation with a plea to God on behalf of the hearts and minds of our children. Pray for the walkers too!
Moms In Prayer is dedicated to praying for school children across the America. See if there is a group near you. If not, start one—for the sake of the children within the boundaries of your own faith influence.       http://www.momsinprayer.org

His Father, Her Mother

imageIn the most recent decade of our married life our concept of His and Hers has gone beyond closets. God has called us to extend ourselves to the 24/7 care of our parents—his father and my mother. The call to caregiving itself is not radical to us. As a married couple we have always been committed to our family and the honoring of our parents. What is radical is the supernatural grace that has been bestowed upon us to enable us to answer this specific call of God to be caregivers in our home. Perhaps that is why I call caregiving Faith Tending.

In my book Faith Feedings, I describe our call to caregiving as a royal position. I write, “My husband and I have shared a unique and privileged royal position. We have been caregivers in our home to both my mother and his father. No doubt our dual caregiving was a commitment beyond ourselves. We thank God for our parents’ sound minds and their kind and cooperative dispositions in their royal positions. We also thank God for the grace He has given us to care for our elders in a daily and personal way. At the time of this writing, my precious father-in-law is home with the Lord. He passed away at the age of 103. At the time of his departure, I sensed an unexpected wave of peace that came from knowing that we had done the right thing on his behalf. For such a time as this, our caregiving continues with my mother, who is now 92. As I reflect on our caregiving season, I am deeply aware of God’s continual grace in my life. Indeed, as the Lord told the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9. (Faith Feedings…12 principles to nurture your child’s spiritual development. p.106)

You may wonder what committing to the care of the frail elderly has to do with sewing a faith Growing Robe (Blog: A Faith Sowing Circle. 3.24.15 ) for our children. In a word, EVERYTHING! When our grandchildren visit our home they are in house with their Great-Grandparents. God has used our royal position to nurture the sensitivity they have to their elders. They have played countless hands of cards and watched seasons of baseball games. They have learned to use a feeding tube, take and record blood pressures and steady walkers in motion. And what’s more, they have brought infinite joy to Nana and PopPop. I still recall the morning PopPop said to me, “Do you know what that little”twerp” (PP’s endearing term for the kiddos) did for me last night? He put the toothpaste on my toothbrush.”

God’s fifth commandment is Honor your father and your mother… Exodus 20:12. Is there a better way to honor those who have gone before us than by building bridges between the generations? God has brought out the family best in us: Our daughter and son and their respective spouses make it a priority to travel to PA in our time of confinement; PopPop’s son and daughter-in-law live close-by and have provided compassionate support; my sister and her husband live in the same town in SC as my children and serve their needs. We have a faith community that prays for us and lends a hand when needed. The truth is that God has brought out His best to sustain our caregiving efforts. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

Care of the frail elderly may take a different form in your family. Just remember this: God calls each one of us to model honor and respect to our elders…and everyone else’s elders. I encourage you to be pro-active in the faith tending God brings to your doorstep. Let God’s  radical grace rain down on you!

OPP (opportunity for action): Purpose to expose your children to the elders around them. Visit someone in your church family. Have them draw a pretty picture and take it to someone in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living. The children on our street will long remember their interaction with Nana and PopPop (and so will we). Take time to teach your children the depths of Honor thy father and mother.  It will come right back to you!

Lace ’em Up for God

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Ready for School

Perhaps it was tying her new shoes before our shopping trip. Perhaps it is our shared love of writing. Perhaps it was the recent third grade retreat that delved into Ephesians 6:10ff. Whatever the perhaps, I was thrilled with my granddaughter’s suggestion as we walked across the mall parking lot. “You should do a blog called “Tying Your Shoes for God.’” “What would I say in a so-named blog?” She suggested that I could blog about putting on the armor of God. So be it. Let’s Lace ‘em Up for God!

Conjure in your mind a picture of a serious runner on a track just before the gun sounds on the race of a lifetime. Just before settling into the start position runners check or retie their shoelaces. They make sure that their shoes are secure. In that moment, all eagerness, preparedness, and readiness reach their fullness. Shoes secure. Race on.

What part does the word eager play in your life? I am always eager for the shore. What longing comes to your mind? The Apostle Paul was eager to share the gospel (Romans 1:17). That’s a stretch for the best of us! Do you want to have more than a meager eager for God? Let the words of Jesus inspire you today. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). It has done wonders for my zeal for seeking and speaking God.

For the runner, preparation requires a diligent and disciplined approach to training. There is no substitute for preparedness. I see devotion to God as an indication of my willingness to cooperate with His plan and purpose for my life. Preparation removes the hinderances to advancement as we run our faith races. Years ago I memorized Hebrews 12:1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (see Hebrews 11), let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (see Hebrew 12:2-3). I must confess that this verse has helped me clean a few closets over the years, too!

There isn’t a pause between “READY-SET-GO”. There is no time to dally. Our readiness goes beyond a uniform and a numbered pinnie. The course for the Christ follower requires that we take dressing for the race to a higher dimension. We must put on God—His righteousness, salvation, truth, faith, eternal life, and power. We win our race by following rather than leading.  Before we even lace our shoes we have already won! We run to exemplify the best of God in us. Practice readiness, dear ones. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:14.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power Ephesians 6:10. Before you run the race tighten those faith laces. Secure your Christian Character. Be strong in God’s Word. Be filled with God’s Spirit. Run for God’s glory. And by all means, do not carry the weight of unconfessed sin or bitterness. Oh! And one more thing…velcro is no substitute for Lacing up for God.

OPP (opportunity for action): Bring God into the moment when your children dress or put on their shoes (tie, velcro or slip ons). “Whatever you do today, remember that God loves you and will be with you.” Incremental references to God presence and interest in their lives from a mother of faith will fortify them for the race marked out for them. In time, they will come to understand the need to Lace ‘em Up for God.

Next Blog Post: Called to Caregiving

An “I Do” Do-over

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On this day 48 years ago my husband Paul and I said “I do”. Looks like we made it!

Our long-standing marriage is a testimony to God’s grace and faithfulness. On this day, I especially thank the Lord for my husband—a man of faith, compassion, and honor. Like many others things I reflect upon these days, I look back over the years of our marriage and wish for a “do-over”. This is because I see the value of our love relationship more clearly now than ever before. In my mind, I think that we would have done a few things differently. The truth is, however, that in my heart I know that the Lord has kept our “I Do” vows for us. No do-over needed…just praise and gratitude to the Father of our union as husband and wife.

As a tribute to my husband I share an excerpt from my book, Faith Feedings.

“My own life has been enriched by a husband who honors my faith in God. The value I place on a husband’s faith support is illustrated in a conversation I had many years ago with my children. It was in the early Fall just after the beginning of a new school year. My dear friend had been killed in a car accident during the summer. The smell of cookies in the oven (Slice and Bake ™ variety) set the stage for one of those golden moments. My friend’s son and my daughter were the same age. She expressed her concern for him. “I am sad that he is coming home from school to no mother.” I agreed and assured her that even though his mother was not with him now, he had good memories of their conversations. I knew that my friend had often shared with her son the things she valued. Suddenly, from around my table one of my children blurted out the question of a lifetime. “What would you want us to know if you were not here?” I remember even today the thoughts that flew through my mind. There were many good answers to that question. I could tell them to be faithful to the Lord; to make good moral decisions; to bring glory to God in all they do. And then I spoke to my daughter and son. “The one thing I love most about your father is that he shares my faith. Find a husband or wife who will share your faith as well.” Praise God, they did just that! It is amazing to me that neither my son nor my daughter remembers this specific after-school discussion. But it does not amaze me that God remembered it.” (Faith Feedings12 principles to nurture your child’s spiritual development. p. 33-34. Deep River Books. 2015)

Today is tomorrow’s yesterday. There is no time like the present for an “I do” Do-over!

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
OPP (opportunity for action): Pray for the future spouses of your young children (and grandchildren). Pray that the Lord will direct their paths to the one of God’s choosing.
If you have married sons and daughters pray that God would give them a fresh glimpse of the value of their marriage in His eyes today so that on their latter anniversaries there would be no need for an “I do do-over”. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

An Invitation

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DeeDee (Left) and cousin Elaine at church picnic. Summer-1953.

My Aunt Dot and Uncle Clair were pillars of faith in my life. I know that they prayed for me to know Jesus from the day I was born. Every Christmas gift I opened that was sent from them was an inspiration to faith. I vividly recall reading the Egermeier’s Bible Story Book that I received when I was eight years old. As a young teenager, I treasured the familiar picture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking that graced the wall over my bed. My early summer memories are laced with church picnics and Vacation Bible School with my cousins. At this time in my life, I realize that my aunt, uncle and cousins were God-sent invitations to a faith relationship with Himself.

Psalm 145:3-4 and following calls each of us to be a faith mentor to those God has placed in our life. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts… . I encourage you to be as a faith invitation, waiting to be opened by the next generation. In long-standing love and incremental faith reminders, purpose to cultivate faith in our children.

My passion is to secure the conscience of the next generation for faith in God. I invite you into that passion. Join in! It will take more than a village. It will take a kingdom enabled and empowered by God’s grace. You may not see yourself as a pillar of faith, but God sees you as a pathway to faith. There is a child in your family, your neighborhood, your church or your community that has a heart for God. Do not forsake inviting them into a faith relationship with their Heavenly Father. You are an faith invitation engraved and sealed by the Almighty. Now is the time for your delivery!

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.  Revelation 3:20

OPP (opportunity for action)  Ask God to open your eyes to a child to inspire toward faith.  In some seemingly small way open the door of faith for our next generation.  If you will not, who will?

If you are so led, please pray that Faith Feedings…12 principles to nourish your child’s spiritual development  (deedee cass) would be an inspiring and effective invitation to faith for many. Please know that I am praying for a mighty faith harvest in your circle of influence as well.

Next Blog Post:  Going Beyond Color

Rock Solid

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Photo by Mary Ann Romans

I grew up believing that I could own a piece of the rock. They were the words to the Prudential Insurance Company jingle in the days before such a claim was deemed illegal. Later in life, that ad nearly got me in big trouble. I took a trip with my parents to Southern Spain. My dad rented a car and we drove along the Mediterranean coastal highway. It was a beautiful sight with the mountains seemingly kissing the sea at every turn. Suddenly, on the sea side of the road the Rock of Gibraltar was before me. At my urging my dad pulled over. I jumped out of the car and darted across the beach toward the familiar angular rock. Just as suddenly, I saw guards with guns flailing their arms and motioning for me to turn around. What did I know? So much for owning a piece of the rock!

A few weeks ago, in a Sunday worship service we sang a hymn from the past. It brought tears to my eyes as I recalled singing those same words as a teenager. It was as though my faith life passed before me at the sound of On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. Suddenly, I realized the presence of Almighty God in my life over a long and continuous time. Just as suddenly, I understood that by faith in God through Jesus I owned the “Peace” of the Rock. Indeed, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and righteousness.”

Recently, my son shared a precious grandchild story with me. He and his young family visited a Church across town on Church Music Sunday. When it came time to sing a hymn my six year old grandson looked at his dad and said, “ Do you mean we are singing a church song out of this book?” It fascinated him so that he took the hymnal and held it by himself. He was able to sing along as he had never done before. What a sight to see his little finger tracking the words!  What a memory made! Just think, in another 40 years he may start a new trend in Church Worship—singing faith songs of the past from books called hymnals. Perhaps his favorite will be On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.

Building a heritage of faith is not random. It is purposeful, deliberate and incremental. Plant a faith jingle in your child’s heart. Give them a Rock Solid memory. It will be one they can stand on forever!

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4-5

OPP (opportunity for action)—Google On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand or a faith song that is seeded in your heart. Play it. Sing it. Plant it. Stand in it. Rejoice in it!

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Precluding Pitfalls

imageIn my years as a ministry leader, I have found a few words that I favor. Preclude is one of them. The formal definition of preclude is to prevent from happening; make impossible. Often for the sake of effective ministry, I have asked the Question: How can we preclude _______? Asking the preclude question before a specific situation arises has often kept the proper flow of ministry in tact. Precluding pitfalls is a recipe for mission success rather than mission failure. Today, I ask the most important preclude question of all. How can we preclude pitfalls in the lives of our children? How can we best support their faith prosperity? The truth is that we cannot assure that our children will makes wise and godly decisions at every pitfall intersection. We can, however, trust the One who has the greatest investment in our faith legacy. The Lord can make the impossible possible. Nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37).

In my own life, God used Matthew 5:16 to help me avoid pitfalls. Therefore, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in heaven. I first heard these words of Jesus in a sermon at my childhood church. Gratefully, this precept of the Bible found a fertile place to be planted in my heart. I can recall several instances in my teenage and adult years when this verse inspired me to willfully preclude a wrong choice.

It is readily apparent that the pits our young face are broader, deeper, wider, and riskier than ever before. Assimilating God’s Word into their hearts helps to avoid pitfalls because it gives them a God standard instead of a world standard. Let me share with you some God standard action steps:
• Pray that the hearts of your offspring will be fertile ground for God’s Word.
• Educate your children about the long-term damage of wrong choices—especially in the areas of relationships, morality, social media and internet use, and substance abuse.
• Be proactive in cultivating faith in your children and their immediate peers.
• Teach your children to distinguish between good and evil.
• Demonstrate in your own life deeds done for the glory of God.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:5: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. There is no dusk in God. There are no gray areas in God’s Word. Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12). Devote yourself to walking in the light of Jesus. Such a walk serves to preclude pitfalls. May it be so in our lives and in the lives of our precious next generation.

OPP (opportunity for faith action): Introduce Matthew 5:16 into your family. For the little ones, sing the “this little light of mine…let it shine…” song to them. Talk with your early teens about how and why to use Matthew 5:16 as a godly standard for making choices. Encourage the pre-adults in your home to memorize Matthew 5:16 and to read it in the context of Matthew 5:1-16. Perhaps it will become their life verse as it has been mine.  Has Matthew 5:16 been a meaningful verse for you?  I would love to hear about it!

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Picture: Sunset. Ko Olina, O’ahu, Hawaii

Let’s Talk T-r-u-t-h

imageSeveral years ago a toddler was sitting on a chair with his dog nearby. Suddenly, he let loose with a long and loud passing of gas. Without hesitation he looked at me and said, “It was the dog”. At the time I was shocked with his recognition of the need to cover for himself with an untruth. Alas! Innocence lost at such an early age! As I reflect on this moment today, I realize he may have heard the “It was the dog” untruth from a close at hand adult. The truth is that fabrication is normal for children. They are so unaware of their transparency. It is vital, however, to monitor such tendencies lest they become a pattern of dishonesty. It is also vital to model truthfulness.

The essence of The Growing Robe is to cultivate your child’s conscience toward God. Imparting God’s desire for honesty and truthfulness is at the top of of Growing Robe list. Honesty is the keystone of integrity. As you are aware, integrity is fleeting in our culture and society. Let’s do an about-face! Let’s make telling the truth a priority in our homes.

Truth pleases God The Lord detests lying, but he delights in (those) who are truthful. Proverbs 12:22. When you associate honesty with pleasing God you give your son or daughter a glimpse of the character of God. God is Truth. The ultimate goal for any of God’s children is to delight in delighting their Heavenly Father. Proverbs is a book of contrasts. Teach your children the stark contrast between doing what God detests and doing what is a delight to God.

Truth takes courage Lies cover a multitude of wrongs. Eventually, they expose a multitude of sins. Falsehood masks itself as the easy way out. We all know that is a lie! By commending your children’s courage when they tell the truth you strengthen their faith. Standing for the truth over a lifetime is hard work. Encourage your family with the words that God spoke to young Joshua. Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous.

Truth always wins Truth always wins because God always knows and God always blesses obedience. An awareness of God’s omniscience is a deterrent to lying lips at any age. God is your child’s partner in truth. Make sure that your kiddos know that God already knows their heart and accepts them as they are. You cannot lie to God.  For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20b.

Teaching your child the value of honesty before God is a monumental task. It is a milestone to be sought in a faith home. Our sons and daughters must recognize the eternal benefit that truthfulness brings to them. Let’s Talk Truth is a life-long family journey. It requires parental consistency, grace and sometimes long suffering. That is exactly what our Heavenly Father extends to us as he transforms our own hearts and minds into His likeness. On second thought, this writing would have been better tagged: “It was the dog!”

OPP: Catch your child in a truth! Praise them for their courage to be honest. Let them know that they have pleased you and God by their decision to tell the truth. Pray that your child will come to know and accept the Truth of God’s love for them…While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

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