TODAY’S GUEST – Israel Wayne is an author, conference speaker and Director of Family Renewal. Israel has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of many books including: Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks , Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask.
His brand new book is called Raising Them Up: Patenting for Christians
Israel has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net. He and his wife, Brook, are raising their ten children in SW Michigan!
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton
REFERENCED: Deuteronomy 6:4-7
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Most parents want a book that will “fix their child” in three easy steps, in 30 days or less. While understandable, this expectation will never work. The problem lies far more with us, the parents, than it does with our child. If we don’t understand that truth, we will only remain frustrated and disappointed with our child. The far greater need is to fundamentally change our own hearts and minds as parents. As a principle, that simply MUST happen before any change will come for our youth.
Christian parents may know a lot of Bible verses, yet don’t have a Biblical theology of parenting. Here’s the big picture: parenting is discipleship.
Your child is learning from you. You are the teacher. Far more is caught than taught in parenting. Children listen to what you say, but they watch how you live. When you are slack in dealing with character issues in your own life, it short circuits your ability to effectively reach your child’s heart.
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