Saturday, April 28, 2012
Parenting with Scripture
It's a beautiful Saturday morning, really a great day to do my non-fiction piece :-) Last night we had friends over and chatted around a fire. I don't know about you, but there is something about a fire that is incredibly mesmerizing. My usual bedtime past by quickly as I was talking with friends and watching the fire burn. All of sudden I looked up and it was 11:00 pm. We all decided that it was time to get going and said our goodbyes, but I think that's one of my favorite things to do, talking over a fire.
Parenting with Scripture is literally the best way to describe this book. Ms. Durbin takes scripture and teachable moments for parents to use as a reference. She does a great job at using situations that could come up in a child's life and using verses to help guide the child on his/her path of faith. She recommends that parents use this for children two years old and up. Heck I'm sure that if I gave my mom this book she would use it for me :-)
Ok I'll admit, upon first starting to read this book, I felt an immense amount of guilt. I was thinking my goodness I'm an educator and I haven't thought of using scripture to teach my kids in moments that they need it most. Thank goodness Kara Durbin thought to write a book for parents, because I don't think I would have thought of this on my own. I'm not very good at memorization, so having scripture at the tip of my fingers when a teachable moment occurs is great. This book is a great reference book, read it through once, but always have it on hand for that moment you need a verse to help you parent your child in a Godly way. I should note that there is a section of verses that Ms. Durbin highly encourages the reader to memorize. I plan on do that! So if you're a parent of a two year old or a sixty-three year old pick this book up.
*This book was given to me via netgalley for my honest opinion and I honestly did.
Encourage one another and build each other up.
I'm a musician, and in my world perfection isn't just a word it's an action. I need to be playing everything perfectly in order for myself to maintain my level as a music educator. In my profession my peers as well as my students expect me to perform at a high level. That's what I get paid the big bucks :-) and I hate to say it, but my first reaction to any situation is to look at it with a critical eye. So for me this verse hits me. I need to temper my actions and control my thoughts. I can be encouraging and build people up while I teach them the skills to become a fine musician. Help me Father to be a light to those who aren't a light, to encourage and build them up, because they might not have anyone in their life who is doing that but me.