You see this beautiful book I’m holding?
Well, I am thrilled to announce it’s April’s featured BookWorm giveaway.
Not only do I have the honor of knowing her personally but she is someone I seriously look up to.
She is confident, funny, driven, compassionate, and tells it like it is. A beautiful woman, inside and out who genuinely loves on people.
And when she placed her book in my hands a month ago, it dawned on me that I don’t read much of anything in regards to raising godly children.
Aside from owning a copy of The Power of a Praying Parent, which I bought years ago during my battle with paralyzing anxiety, it never occurred to me to reach out for more resources.
So this was exactly what I needed. Especially now. With homeschooling, working from home, working on my writing, and trying to run a household, I have been putting intentional parenting on the back burner far too often.
In other words, not only do I fail to give the best of me to my children but I also fail to believe and nourish the best in them.
I guess that is what happens when you get too busy. Your priorities get skewed.
Fortunately, a resource like Growing Great Kids is there to lift the scales off your eyes and remind you, guide you, and encourage you through scripture on how to be a parent who leads by example, a parent who is actively involved in their child’s life.
In the book, Kate not only shares her journey of raising her daughter, Francesca Battistelli, she also covers an array of topics which are all extremely important in helping children become everything God called them to be.
The power of our words as parents, the importance of walking in purity, being available and praying without ceasing are some of the subjects discussed in great depth throughout the chapters.
And all the personal stories are like icing on the cake because it gives me deeper insight into who Kate is as a woman, a wife and a mom, making me love her even more than I already do.
Her chapter on Pursuing Purity in Heart and Mind stood out the most for me because she touched on a certain matter that many parents completely overlook, a matter in which I have discussed quite a few times with many people.
It’s regarding the media. An area in life that most Christians aren’t careful with.
What movies and shows do you allow yourself to watch? What music do you listen to? What magazines are on your coffee table?
Do you have stacks of Victoria’s Secret catalogs lying around? Do you think the movie Hangover is hilarious? Do you watch shows that mock sexual purity and the sanctity of marriage such as The Bachelor or Modern Family?
Kate reminds her readers,
“Christian parents have a huge responsibility to set a godly standard in their home and remain consistent. What kind of example do you set when you restrict what your child watches from day to day, yet you and your spouse go out on a Friday night to an R-rated movie, listen to profanity-laced music, or play a violent video game?”
The last thing we should be is hypocritical parents. We can’t pray and pray for our children to grow into these godly adults who have a passion for the Lord yet allow ourselves to engage in media that spits at modesty, scoffs at purity, and glamorizes darkness.
That’s an example of living life with one foot out the door. It is a seed you definitely should not sow. It will not reap anything good.
Regardless of what boundaries you set for your children, of what message you preach to them, it won’t produce good fruit unless you, as a parent, genuinely and wholeheartedly lead by example.
And don’t be deceived by the lie that it’s all harmless entertainment.
Because it isn’t.
“There is a spiritual battle being waged in our culture for our children’s hearts and minds . . . ungodly images and temptations coming against our children daily through music, movies, video games, DVD’s, social networks, books and so much more with only one goal; to steal, kill, and destroy your child’s destiny, calling and future. It’s a real battle and as parents, we need to be vigilant at all times . . . Remember, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he will devour.”
If you think exposing yourself to dirty media will not affect you and your household, think again.
When you give the enemy an inch, he will be quick and clever in consuming you completely.
For our household personally, my husband and I decided to stand in agreement that we were not going to compromise in this area, that we were not going to give the devil a foothold, that we were going to be a family who lived by Psalm 101:3, making sure that we set nothing wicked before our eyes.
So I am extremely grateful that Kate touched on this subject, as well as many other crucial issues in parenting.
And one lucky reader will get a copy of their own.
The deadline to enter this month’s giveaway is April 11th by midnight PST. Winner will be announced the following day.
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