Saturday, August 6, 2011

How to Have a Heart for Your Kids

Just finished a lovely book by Rachel Carman (affiliated with Apologia Press). I heard Rachel speak recently at our home educators' convention, and she was so funny and delightful I wanted to know more. She is the mother of seven, and shares her journey from self-centered to others-centered. Not that she claims to have arrived.  Good thing...none of us could relate, could we?  She has a down home sense of humor, and is very insightful as well. She grew up in a preacher's home, and thanks the Lord for her godly heritage. What a blessing!

The thrust of her message is contained in this acrostic from her book How to Have a Heart for Your Kids.

H - Have a heart for the things of God
E - Enrich your marriage
A - Accept your kids
R - Release them to God
T - Teach them the truth

We love our kids, but it does us good to remember who they truly are in light of eternity. They are living souls that have been entrusted to our care...imperfect, growing, learning, beautiful, delightful, and full of wonder. Let love cover a multitude of sins (or irritations), and help us to walk joyfully with them as they journey heavenward.


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