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Leading Your Family
Good Shehpherd Family Times
As Christian a parent, your heart’s desire is to raise Godly children.
It's hard to imagine a son or daughter growing up without Jesus and yet it happens all too often. .
By the grace of God there are basic principles that apply as we train our children up in the way of the Lord.

Suggestionsto build strong Godly families:  Let us journery together...

Give them quality time - More than anything else, your children need time from you.. If you miss all of the other points, please don't miss this one!

Lead by example
- You cannot expect your children to read the Bible if you don't read the Bible. You can't expect your children to pray if you don't pray. You can't expect your children to tithe if you don't tithe. You can't expect your children to love their neighbor if you don't love your neighbor. Are you following this? If you expect them to live as Christ followers,then you need to live as Christ following parents consistantly.

Reassure them they are loved - We have found that the simple yet powerful act of saying "I love you" often can make a huge difference. When a hug or kiss is included with the verbal reassurance of love a powerful statement is made.
Tell them and show them that they are loved as often as you can because the days slip by quickly!

Consistently hold them accountable
- Children want to know that they have boundaries. They often test those boundaries. When your children cross the line that you have set you must consistently hold them accountable for their choices or they will become confused. They need and want consistency.

Teach them respect
- Teach your children to show respect to adults as early as possible. As they grow older you will need to have consequences for when they do not show respect to either their parents or another adult. If they do not learn respect at an early age it is difficult to teach as they grow older.

Share in meaningful conversation - Your children need to know that when they are speaking, you are actually listening. They may not choose the best times to tell you about their day. Often you may be busy or watching a TV program. They need to know that they are more important. Give them the time even when it’s inconvenient. It will strengthen your relationship and they will come back for more!

Love your spouse - Your children need to see that their parents are in love. There’s nothing so comforting and reassuring as knowing your parents are authentically in love. Boys will learn how to treat women properly, and girls will learn how to bless their future husbands. When Christ following parents show their Christian children how to love their mate it goes a long way to authenticate their parental teaching.

You are probably wondering how all of this is supposed to help you raise Christ following children. After all, isn’t that what brought you to this page?

Nothing we share on this page will guarantee that your children will mature from Christian children to Christian adults. You already know that Jesus desires a lifelong personal relationship with your children. It comes down to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and the choices that they make.

Remember that you do have a HUGE INFLUENCE on your children as they grow and mature.  Stay committed to praying together and staying together.

May God continue to bless and keep you.

A family united in Christ, is a family united forever.

Parents and their children to read the information below and think about it. Much of the information and resources are from different religious sources. But, all of it is useful for everyone.
I Know My Guide

I do not ask to see the way my feet
will have to tread;
But only that my soul may feed upon
that living bread.
'Tis better far that I shall walk by
faith close to His side-
I may not know the way I go, but oh,
I know my Guide.

By: E.S. Hall
Just A Minute

I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it,
Forced upon me, can't refuse it,
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it,
But it's up to me to use it;
I must suffer if I lose it.
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it.

Writer unknown

Take Time

Take time to live: It is the secret of success.
Take time to think: It is the source of power.
Take time to play: It is the secret of youth.
Take time to read: It is the foundation of knowledge.
Take time for friendship: It is the source of happiness.
Take time to laugh: It helps to lift life's load.
Take time to dream: It hitches the soul to the stars.
Take time for God: It is life's only lasting investment.