Family Friday Links 5.12.17

Here's what we've been reading online this week:

Sam Luce this week shared a post on the Sufficiency of Christ. Sam says, "Throughout life, we can come to see the sufficiency of Christ by accident or on purpose. There are so many things in this media saturated, social media frenzied life we live that lie to us and our kids. We hear 'If you only had this or that then you would be enough.' The sad reality is far too often we spend the best years of our lives chasing that lie. What we need and our kids need is a life that is lived enjoying the substance of life rather than languishing in the shadows pretending that we are satisfied by them. At some point, the things we put our hope in will let us down and we will be confronted with the sufficiency of Christ that we will have to embrace or reject. I came to my understanding of Christ’s sufficiency on accident. I want my kids to see the sufficiency of Christ on purpose. I want them to see Christ as enough as kids." Share in the comments how you are helping your kids see the sufficiency of Christ.

Mike Breen shared had a podcast about the Family as Mission. Breen says, "The family should swing toward mission, produce fruit, and then be prepared to be pruned back from all of the external activities it’s doing, come back to a place of rest and abiding, and allow those times of healing and regeneration where Jesus says, “Abide in my love. Let my words abide in you.” Does your family have any rhythms? 

As we prepare for mother's day this weekend here is a 7 minute video with Noel Piper, Kathleen Nielson, and Gloria Furman on How to Encourage Young Mothers. Included in this link are several other related videos you should check out. 

Micheal Kelly posted about Three Things Not to Say When your Child Fails. Michael says, "Like their parents before them, our kids are going to fail. And for us as their parents, failure is one of the best opportunities to remind our kids of the gospel – for it’s in the gospel that we know that God enters into our sadness with us, loves us as we are, and will help us persevere to the end." What are some ways you encourage your child? 

Please share in the comments what you have been reading this week! 


Family Friday Links 9.9.16

Here's what we've been encouraged by online this week:

My (Pat's) friend, Scott Garrison, wrote an extremely humble and honest post on the topic of failure. He writes, "Don’t miss the grace and mercy and kindness of our Father! It is His kindness that stopped me. When I saw this, when He revealed it to me, I was so thankful. So sorrowful at my own sin of pride but so thankful for the kindness and love of a good good Father." Pastor, these are good words that you need to hear.

Along the same vein (sort of) carolynescorner had a post on her blog on teaching kids to fail. Parents are spending so much time helping their kids avoid it that they miss the opportunity for their kids to grow. She says it this way, "I would like my son to experience as many opportunities as he needs to fail, in order for him to succeed." Parent's, this is an important lesson to learn.

Mathew Gilbert wrote a post on teaching the gospel with passion. While it meant for people serving in Children's Ministry; I believe it has application everywhere, especially parenting. He writes, "Too often, those who serve or lead in kids ministry make Jesus out to be little more than broccoli for their soul. He may be healthy, but he's not delicious. He is not worth savoring. When Jesus is taught this way, he will be received this way. Kids may see their need for what Jesus offers, but they will not see that Jesus is worthy of their full desire and can offer full satisfaction. They may desire Jesus' benefits, but they will not desire Jesus." Everyone needs to take these words seriously.

Julie Roys wrote a post on how parents hinder their children's spiritual growth. She writes, "... overprotection is one of the main ways she sees parents unwittingly hinder their children’s spiritual growth." Parents, we often think our ways of helping is actually making the problem worse.

What have you been reading online lately? Leave us a link in the comment section and we will check it out.