Gratitude is an attitude of the heart and a sign of good character. It is the cure for entitlement, needed for contentment, and leads to generosity.
When a child doesn't have gratitude, they can become very selfish. All their focus is on what they want. They forget the good gifts that they have. They start to believe that they should have everything they want without having to work for it. They complain and are angry and unhappy.
God knows our thoughts, who we really are, and wants us to be the same whether or not someone else is watching
If we are not truthful about what we really think and feel, if we pretend to be better than we are, we are hypocrites.
Hypocrites hide who they are and what they value most.
They pretend to be good, lying in order to get other people will like them. They are overly proud and not worthy of trust.
Research indicates that children start out believing all lies and bad, but learn over time that some lies are OK. And they learn to lie for the same reasons adults do. They do it to get out of trouble, to impress or protect someone, or to be polite. As parents, it's tempting to lie to get children to do what they should, but this destroys trust.
It is a hollow victory and a decisive betrayal.
I’m proud to announce the audio-book release of Parenting in Christ: Lessons from the Parables!
"It is a lovely study on the parables' value for bringing up children. The format makes them very practical and useful for group study. Her insights into the implications for nurturing children (and adults) are excellent and highly applicable."
- Rev. Dr. William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary
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Parenting in Christ: Lessons from the Parables
by Christina Dronen
10 Lessons Align with the Parables
- Growing in Truth
- Responsibility of Authority / Stewardship
- Trust & Obedience - Integrity
- Perfecting Love with Mercy
- Repentance & Forgiveness
- Finding Contentment
This is meant to be an easier read & more seeker friendly than the first book. It's a great gift for someone you care about
While it's true that children should honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:20), that doesn't mean that children should obey everyone. Obedience that pleases God means choosing to do what someone God has put in authority tells you to do because you trust and love God (Philippians 2:8, John 14:15, Romans 6:17), Being obedient is not the same as doing good. Children need to be taught who to obey and who to disobey. Knowing what to do is called discernment, and it's important for kids to learn discernment in order to be safe and make good choices. Sometimes disobedience is the best choice. Brave heroes throughout history have disobeyed when someone told them to do wrong.
According to the Barna Research Group, 87% millennials who don’t go to church say they see Christians as judgmental. And they aren't wrong. Many of the most outspoken people who identify as Christians buy into the idea that speaking condemnation will somehow turn a sinner to God. But scripture declares otherwise. God made mercy His catalyst for repentance.
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I'm Christina Dronen, a writer, wife, and mom passionate about following Jesus in the way I parent. My posts focus on pursuing Christ and letting Christ live through me in my parenting.