I believe that most new parents have a passion for raising their kids from the day they are born. Often, however, that passion begins to lessen as the busyness of life gets in the way. Being passionate in our parenting is something that we have to plan to do ON PURPOSE. It won’t just happen. What more important task is there than raising our kids to know and love God? It’s something we can get excited about, and should put our all into.
I just finished reading the book by Cary Schmidt titled “Passionate Parenting”. I absolutely LOVED the book, and was very encouraged, convicted, and challenged by it. Don’t be misled by the subtitle: Enjoying the Journey of Parenting Teens. Parents with young children would benefit GREATLY from the thoughts shared, if they started implementing some of the things he talks about at a very early age, and then continue on into the teen years. We’ve got to keep a close connection with our kids from their early years, all the way through the teen years, and do all we can to keep their hearts. This book is about pursing the heart of your child and helping that heart fall in love with the heart of God. It all begins with examining your own heart as a parent. It begins with being passionate about your own relationship with Jesus Christ and His will for your life. Then it overflows into a passionate, heart-focused, parent-teen relationship that is built on authenticity, transparency, laughter, godliness, and growth.
Just to give you a glimpse into what the book contains, here are a few of the subtitles:
*Do you like your kids?
*What do engaged parents look like?
*Turning Your Heart Toward Your Teen
*What Quality Time Together Looks Like
*Fourteen Ways to Affirm Your Kids
*Keys to Developing Parental Discernment
And just a few outstanding quotes that caught my eye, and are too good not to share;
*Passive parents focus on behavior modification rather than heart transformation. Wise parents do not merely try to modify or manipulate outward behavior. They are always thinking of the heart and targeting heart transformation. They are always asking the question: “Is my child just conforming outwardly, or is his heart embracing God’s truth?”
*A discerning parent is constantly on a sacred pursuit of their child’s heart.
*If you had to quantify your parenting focus with the following words, which two would be most accurate: Managing Behavior or Mentoring Hearts?
This book is one of the most practical, helpful parenting books that I can recommend – and I’ve been reading parenting books for over 30 years now, so that says a lot! I think it should be in the library of every parent who wants to develop a love for God in their children. I will be adding this to our character store, and our purity store. (He has a whole chapter on purity, which is excellent!) You can see more info about the book, and how to purchase it HERE.
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