parenting

Book Review - Parenting is Your Highest Calling

I am going to ask a crazy question. One I think I know the answer to. Have you every been overwhelmed by the calling of being a parent? Have you every felt inadequate or ill equipped? I know that I have. The thing that frustrates me most about parenting is that it reveals all the areas in my personal, private life that are areas of weakness. You know, like maybe I am not the most patient man in the world. So, with that revelation becoming a reality I began to look for help. But truth be told, I really didn’t want to open up. So, I turned to a book. It is safe, it doesn’t talk back, I can skip any section I want and I can walk away without being rude. As I have started the journey of reading books about parenting, it hasn’t really helped me feel more equipped. Actually, it has made me feel even worse about the list of things I need to start doing, stop doing or simply do better. That was until a few months ago when I read one of the best parenting books I have ever read.

517dqs7ihJLLeslie Leyland Fields in, Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt, has a unique ability to relate to every day life - the ups and downs experienced within that life, and put words to feelings I have felt but couldn’t express. She does all of this while staying true to God’s word and reminding us that parenting really isn’t our highest calling. To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is not just our highest calling, but the place where we find the ability and strength to remain faithful in doing more than just raising successful children. But rather to be a part of His divine plan of making disciples that make disciples. And she did this for me while encouraging me, not overwhelming me.

If you are like me and looking for an honest voice to add to the conversation about parenting, I would pick this book up. Or if you are a parent of a child 5 and under, you might consider coming to the Mom’s group that meets the 1st Friday of each month from 11:30 to 1:30. They are starting to read and discuss this book as a community.

Happy Parenting and know that the family ministry staff at First Baptist-Bosie is praying for you! If you need a copy of this book or need help in finding it please don’t hesitate to email me at matt@fbcboise.org.

Matt Priebe - Family Pastor

Who does your child belong to?

I have two teenagers and when they were both young we decided to dedicated them to God in front of the church as a commitment that we would raise them according to God’s word.  In addition to having others join with us in praying for our children and us as parents. I was recently reminded that my kids do not belong to me and when we put our only daughter on a plane to head to Africa for two weeks. I had this same realization on their first day of school, the first time they drove alone and almost any other time they are out of our care. I can either worry and fret about every moment and decision or I can trust that they are in God’s constant care and He has a way better plan for my kids than I can even imagine! - Dena Myers

Here are some great thoughts from our Nursery Director, Elaine about Baby Dedication:
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Question: What is Baby Dedication?

Answer: A Baby Dedication is a ceremony in which believing parents, and sometimes entire families, make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God's will and to raise that child according to God's Word and God's ways.

1 Samuel 1 tells of Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is One!  You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength.  These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind,  and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.”

Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; Sunday schools can provide weekly instruction, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life, such as:

  • Bring God into your everyday issues and discussions.
  • Daily prayer at meal times and before bed.
  • Read to them or have them read Bible stories for devotions.
  • Be the role model of living a Christ-centered life.
  • Regularly ask thought provoking questions about God and faith.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Here at First Baptist a dedication service provides parents an opportunity to express publicly their desire to lead and spiritually nurture their child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, in the hopes that their child will develop a desire to love God and love others.

Dedicating a baby is a commitment, as Christian parents, to teach the truths of God's Word in their home and participate in regular worship with their children. It is also a commitment to be a Christ-like example and to lead the children God has given them to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.

Our next Baby Dedication class will take place at 9:00 on Sunday, August 17th. Those that attend the class will have the opportunity to participate in the Baby Dedication service on Sunday, August 24th. If you are interested in Baby Dedication, please contact elaine@fbcboise.org.

References:
http://christianity.about.com/od/babydedication/f/babydedication.htm
https://bible.org/article/baby-dedication
http://www.willowcreek.org/childdedication
http://www.church-redeemer.org/ministries/redeemer-kids/baby-dedication/