Raising a righteous child II
I hope the conversation on this post doesn’t get shut down quite like the last one. I really am praying and struggling on how to handle these things. I didn’t grow up in a home centered on Christ and his work and therefore I don’t have a practical model of how such things are supposed to work. I was fortunate enough to have been discipled for an all too short period of time by a family who was very Christ centered, but I still feel inadequate when it comes to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4)
More and more I am beginning to understand that God has entrusted to me two little girls whom I am to train to understand the things of God. This is more and more pressure every time I think about it. While I understand that God is sovereign it doe not diminish my responsibility to follow through with what God has commanded me to do when it comes to raising my children.
I have been a youth pastor, I have been a Christian for twelve years, studied at Bible College and consumed more theology books than men outside of a seminary but I still don’t know the practical way to lead my household in a Godly way.
We have recently expanded our Bible study with our oldest to a family worship time with praises, reading of the Word and prayer. But I struggle to find any “children’s” songs that are doctrinally sound. Is that a big deal? I believe it is, these are formative years and songs have always been used to teach the Bible and the Doctrines of the faith to those that can’t read. I have just given in to not using “child friendly” songs. We sing Amazing Grace, Nothing but the Blood along with the B-I-B-L-E and Jesus Loves Me.
Heather and I are looking for a Catechism for our girls and for us because we were never taught core doctrine that way but I haven’t been able to find one that I think Alora can understand quite yet, maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe I should begin by rote memorization and then allow those words and thoughts to blossom inside her spirit as God wills.
What do you think? I would really like to hear from everyone on this matter.