Don’t shelter your kids. If you do, they won’t know what hits them when they go out into the “real world.” They need to experience life. Let them be exposed to what’s out there. I grew up in church then went crazy in the world, but I came back to church and got on the right path…they’ll be fine.
As homeschool parents who keep our kids with us as much as humanly possible and tries to preserve their innocence as much as we can WHILE we can. I hear those things mentioned above and I cringe! I’m sure most of those words even came out of my OWN MOUTH a few years back. Because this is how our oldest daughter was raised. Praise God my perspective has changed and praise God she didn’t stray TOO FAR off the path and she is married and serving as a leader with her husband in our church. Yes, it can work out that way….but she didn’t have to experience the things she did.
Now we’re raising her 2 younger siblings and we’re following some GOOD advice! I heard these two statements that really touched my heart and I’ve been wanting to share them.
“I have 18 years to instill everything I can into my children before they go out on their own. In a world that is trying to corrupt them with lies and temptations, it is OUR JOB to shield them, to hide them in a safe environment and to BE THE FILTER through which they learn things. We’re here to give them roots. Like a seedling in a greenhouse, we’re not keeping them from the inevitable; we’re PREPARING THEM to thrive!” – Jentezen Franklin
“I want to establish their appetite BEFORE they are handed the menu.” – Gregg Johnson – founder of J12 ministries.
I absolutely love their perspective on parenting and it’s biblical!
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! – Psalm 34:8
Instill truth, purity, love, honesty, patience, joy, kindness and forgiveness through the word of God and your kids will be prepared for anything the world wants to throw at them. They won’t be caught off guard and have the desire to experience “something new”. They will be appalled by it and shine a light will be so bright – darkness won’t stand a chance!
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” – John 18:12
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
Lord, help me to raise my children by Your Word giving them the desire to know You themselves and establish their own relationship with You. Holy Spirit show me who my children were created to be! In Jesus’ name, I pray….AMEN!