I did a bible study this fall and winter with Michelle and Emily called Opening your Heart. It was a great study, and I really enjoyed the structure of it. I especially loved how scripture based it was.
Every few weeks we watched a video as a part of the study. One of the videos was on parenting (priority four – children). I think this was one of the parts I got the most out of from the study.
It had so many takeaways about parenting. It talked about disciplining and when we discipline to address the issue of the heart rather than just the behavior. This way I can focus more on building virtue and instilling that language of virtue into the child’s heart and mind. It gives the child a virtue to strive for and a reason why they don’t they aren’t supposed to do that unexpected behavior.
I am posting the video here so I can reference it in the future. I know it’ll take me some time to think this way and think in the moment this way.
Link to video
Opening your Heart study
Talk 5 – Priority Four Children
During a podcast I was listening to a couple months ago, a mom was giving an example of how she used bible verses in her parenting with her two young kids. She said she has two little kids. In the example, they both wanted popsicles. The older one said, “Me first!” The mom responded with something along these lines, “Jesus says those who are first shall be last and those who are last shall be first.” She ended up giving her older child a popsicle second and the more humble child in this situation a popsicle first.
I was so struck by this example and was thinking how I want to strive to do that in my parenting. This morning while I was praying, a few bible verses stuck out to me as some of those verses that I could use. Obviously I could use all of them, but these ones really stuck out to me. I’m going to try to write out some of them that my heart is moved by in hopes that I will begin to memorize them so they’ll be fresh on my mind as I need to use them.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. Matthew 5:39
Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Matthew 5:41
Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. Matthew 5:42