Five @ Free Flow Friday!

I love Fridays!

In fact, I love them so much that I want to spare you having to read yet another blog written by – ME.

Today’s the day I kick back and take my shoes off (I still leave my socks on. . . I hate my feet) and let you enjoy the hard work and insights from others.


The theme today? Parenting. Let me be honest – I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!!!!

I hope these benefit you as they have me. . .

#1. Teaching Children the Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

We don’t need a moral code. We need a rescuer.

And that’s why I wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, So children could know what I didn’t:

That the Bible isn’t mainly about me and what I should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

That the Bible is most of all a story—the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

That—in spite of everything, no matter what, whatever it cost him—God won’t ever stop loving his children . . . with a wonderful, Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

That the Bible, in short, is a Story—not a Rule Book—and there is only one Hero in the Story.”

#2. 10 Ways Your Kids Are Watching You by Mark Merrill

Your kids are watching. As much as you might not want to admit it, they see how you treat their mother and when you do the opposite of what you say. They learn more by observing than by being told what to do because your actions speak louder than your words. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it beautifully when he said, ‘Your actions speak so loudly that I can’t hear your words.’

#3. 10 Reasons Marriages are In Trouble and 5 Lessons for Raising the Next Generation by Crawford Loritts

Don’t Worship Your Children.  They are going to leave you one day…hopefully.”

#4. The Price of Privilege: 10 Strategies for Raising Healthy Kids that Most Parents Ignore by Tony Morgan (after reading Madeline Levine’s ‘The Price of Privilege‘ – get it on Kindle for $1.99!!!!)

Prioritize family responsibilities over extracurricular activities. ‘While demands for outstanding academic or extracurricular performance are very high, expectations about family responsibilities are amazingly low. This kind of imbalance in expectations results in kids who regularly expect others to ‘take up the slack,’ rather than learning themselves how to prioritize tasks or how to manage time.’

#5. 21 Leadership Lessons I Learned from Reggie Joiner by Carey Nieuwhof

Granted – this isn’t necessarily a ‘Parenting Post,’ but these lessons are powerful. Consider the argument laid out in #’s 3-6:

3. Nobody has more influence in the life of a child than a parent. Fact. Which is why no parent can ignore the 3000 hours of influence God gives us each year.

4. A parent is not the only influence a child needs. God never designed parents to handle their kids all alone.

5. Two combined influences have a greater impact than just two influences. When you combine the influences of church and family, you get something more powerful, like when red and yellow combine to produce Orange.

6. 100 years from now, the only thing that will matter in the life of a child is their relationship with God. Bam. If that isn’t perspective, what is? I have a coaster in my home I use every day for my morning tea. That’s what it says on the coaster.

I love that. So true.

Which one of these posts is your favorite?

What’s a good quote you can take away for your benefit today?






One thought on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Connie says:

    I personally like — “A parent is not the only influence a child needs. God never designed parents to handle their kids all alone.” I am extremely grateful for the school teachers, the Sunday School workers, the youth ministers, the piano teachers, the basketball and golf coaches, the chorus teachers, and so many others who invested in my childrens’ lives.

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