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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Peek Inside the Parsonage

Photo: Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team - Boones Creek Bible Church, Johnson City, TN; Feb. 24 - March 1; Sunday - 9:30, 10:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Monday - Friday 7:00 p.m. If you are not able to attend, please pray James 4:4-10 for us.

It's a busy week at our church and our home this week.  As I shared recently, we are in revival meetings with the Pettit Team.  It's been such a blessing already!  It's always so worth the full days and nights to be a part of what God is doing!

I was remembering this morning that when our girls were home and we were homeschooling, I had a choice - I could either push myself and my daughters to academic distraction, or I could ease things up a bit in our schedule so we would all be rested and ready for the revival meetings.  My hindsight tells me I'm sure I could have relaxed even more, and I really wish I had. in order to make the week a blessing instead of a dread.

As a mom, we want so much for our children.  We want them to do well in their academics so we push them to do their best, whether in home school or public.  We keep a watch on their grades, we meet with the teacher if there are problems.  We might even hire a tutor or use the Co-op Classes for home schoolers.    We might desire that they be trained in instruments or have athletic skills. We take them to lessons and practices and then faithfully attend their performances to show their advancement.

While all those endeavors can be fine, and even done with good intentions, we need to check and see that the thing we're most fastidious about is their growth in Christ.  Why be educated, musical or fit if not to  use those abilities to serve the Lord?  Those skills in themselves will not last or matter in eternity.

Could I suggest to you, Mom, a few things you might consider during a week of revival meetings?

  • Be the first to sign up to keep part of the team.  Their influence on your children is incredible!
  • Sign up to help with a meal and then involve your children in the preparation, giving each of them responsibility.
  • As a homeschooling family, center lessons around revival and evangelists.
  • Make sure everyone is rested.  Get to bed early.  If possible, allow children to sleep a little later if they were up late the night before.  Allow rest time in the late afternoon.
  • Forgo extra things like lessons or practices during revival.
  • Participate in every activity the revival is offering!
  • Make supper meals simpler during the week.  
Your children will understand the importance of this revival if their parents are doing everything possible to support the meeting.  A parent isn't a good parent because they have scholarly, musical or athletic children.  A parent is a good parent when they point their child to God at every turn.

Deuteronomy 6:6,7 
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

How will you help your children prepare for revival? What will you do today to help them love God?  

From the parsonage windows,

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