Christian Parents: Never Stop Fighting For Your Children – Charisma Magazine | Wonder Mind Kids

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There are few things in life I wish for more than a bright future for my children.

Yes, I want you to be successful in whatever career or ministry God calls you to. Of course, I want them to experience the joy of starting a family of their own. Sure, I’d even happily leave them a beautiful legacy, fully fund their college aspirations, and keep them from experiencing many of the learning disabilities I had as a young adult.

However, as stated at 3 John 1:4, I shall have no greater joy than knowing that my children have made their own choices to walk in the truth and to love their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Granted, being a father to four girls (ages 6, 11, 14, 17) is more than a little intimidating in a society that seems less and less focused on communicating the truths of God’s Word, and more focused on spreading false plans and distortions of reality. My wife and I have spoken frequently about finding a balance to keep their precious minds away from the chaos of this current world while ensuring they are armed with information and tools to equip them for the realities of young adulthood.

We don’t claim to have all the answers, and honestly, as parents, we’ve made a lot of mistakes over the past 17 years. I am sure we will do many more.

But I will never apologize for every time we took them to church, prayed together, or opened and discussed the Bible as a family. I will never apologize for teaching them values ​​and the difference between right and wrong.

yes there is a difference And no matter what life throws at them, Mom and Dad will always have open arms to love them and point them to the cross.

Over the past decade I’ve heard a lot about “making church relevant to the younger generation.” While I certainly agree that we should offer programs and resources that appeal to children, teens, and young adults alike, I fundamentally disagree that the Bible needs to be changed to be “relevant.” In fact, there is nothing more relevant than God’s Word.

No other typeface has stood the test of time, transcended centuries and cultures, and yet, when opened and read today, is still able to speak to each of us in a very relevant way. The Bible is both a historical book and a living book. We learn Bible history as the living Word guides us through life.

Each year for the past seven years at least one of our daughters has participated in a Bible verse memorization program and a competitive quiz program. It’s a six-month season that includes a few hundred pre-selected verses that are memorized verbatim.

Each “quizzer” typically invests up to an hour a day in memorization and repetition. That might seem like a big investment, but the reality is they’ve really just replaced excessive “screen time.” It’s amazing how her motivation for the Bible quiz developed on its own over time. We introduced them to the program initially, but I have to say we never asked, bribed, or asked them to participate.

A few years ago one of our daughters stopped for a season. She felt that she wanted to focus on school, which we wholeheartedly supported. By the end of the year, she had told her friends and us that she never wanted to miss another season. She missed the focus, the community, and the competition.

In fact, each of the children has developed a passion, overcome a fear of public speaking, and found a way to boldly proclaim their faith. To hear them share their faith with others, defend it with Scripture, and even encourage one another (yes, they still have daily sibling bickering!) is a blessing to us.

During the first year, my wife, Lydia, wanted to find a way to encourage and help them in their efforts. Inspiration struck one day, and she sat down at her piano and began singing one of the verses as a catchy tune. The kids loved it! The melody caught on and helped them learn the verse.

One song became 10, 10 became 100, and she and her mother “Grandma” now write over 500 songs each year for hundreds of groups across the country who learn their verse by song. We love hearing the testimonies of children who previously had learning or attention issues but are now able to memorize the scriptures by listening to songs.

Lifelong friendships, teamwork, victories, defeats, ups and downs, travel and adventure have all provided valuable life lessons. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live a “Pollyanna” life. We’ve had the usual ER visits, emergency surgeries, professional counseling, ILPs, sibling rivalries, family reunions and now we have teenage daughters! We have a long way to go on our parenting journey and yes we desire your prayers.

Thinking about my 17 year old graduating this year puts my parental radar back on high alert. I have to fight the “what ifs”. What if she doesn’t remember what we taught her? What if… What if…

Speaking about college a few weeks ago, she came to us almost in tears… “I feel like God wants me to go on a missionary journey before I go to college. Would you support me?”

We didn’t need time to think.

Today I pray for all parents who are committed to a future of faith for their children. Heavenly Father, would you encourage all parents, guardians and grandparents who are reading this. This world seems overwhelmed with the pressure to pull children away from you. Help each family be brave and wise to know when and how to bring their family closer to you.

For the parents who are reading this and are trying to teach their children divine principles but feel the pressure of the world coming your way, be strong and keep fighting. Your efforts will not come back empty handed. For the parents who may have a child who no longer attends church, I pray that you will continue to believe. Don’t lose heart. You may not see a way right now, but God is working and He is able to do anything!

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Wes Lindsey is Senior Director of Marketing for Medi-Share/Christian Care Ministry. He and his wife Lydia have four daughters, Melaina (17), Elyse (14), Adalyn (11) and Emma (6). In 2023, Wes and Lydia celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Since 2003 they have served in various ministerial roles including Music, Children, Youth, Small Groups, Theatre, Engineering and Pastoral.

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