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{Week 9} Ministry of Motherhood Chapters 13 & 14 Commentary

This week we read the first two chapters (Ch 13 & 14) concerning the Gift of Training. In our video today, Courtney and I both share personal stories pertaining to those two chapters. Courtney discusses the need for Christian parenting vs. parenting that is focused on our children being socially acceptable. I LOVED what she had to say! One question to think about as you watch her portion is “Is my parenting focused on making my children ‘Good’ or is it focused on making my children more like Jesus?”

This week in our video I discuss a time when I was really hurt verbally and emotionally and how I had to choose to forgive and to train my mind not to replay the offense over and over again. Learning to take all our thoughts captive instead of allowing them free reign to continue to hurt us again and again is so important on our road to recovery and forgiveness. I loved what Sally said on page 153: “you can’t keep some bad thoughts from coming to your mind, but you can keep them from staying there.”

On Monday I asked “What some of your favorite training resources?” on our Facebook page. I was surprised and delighted with everyone’s response. Today I’d like to take the time and share some of those resources with you. Make sure to take a look at our Facebook page to see all the recommendations! Please note that these resources are listed in addition to the ultimate 1st resource….God’s Word.

(Listed in no particular order)

1. Doorposts

2. Seeds Family Worship- (I have two of their CDs that I play in the car with my girls and LOVE them!)

3. The Jesus Storybook Bible- (I read this to my girls every night and absolutely love how the stories all point back to Jesus!)

4. Answers In Genesis

5. Our 24 Family Ways- written by Clay Clarkson (Sally’s husband)

Please feel free to add to our list by commenting on our post today! We always love hearing from you!

On Monday we will have part 2 of Sally’s Gift of Training video! Can’t wait to share it with you!

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Something caught my eye as I read today’s verse that has captured my attention, and I’d like to know what others think (though I do realize that ultimately this distinction probably makes no real difference & therefore doesn’t really matter): it is my habit to read the day’s Scripture in several different translations to help me get a good feel for the intended meaning. I noticed in this verse that several translations render the last part of the verse some form of “to obey Christ” but several others say “to the obedience of Christ.” This struck me as a (very minor) different connotation. Are we simply to obey Christ, or are we to follow the example of Christ (in His earthly life) in His obedience to the Father regardless of His human feelings or fears? Of course, the end result in our actions will be the same, but is this a slightly different attitude or focus? I’d love to hear if anyone has thoughts on this!

  2. I don’t think I have ever watch a Duggar’s show but this link was posted some where and I have since implemented this concept in my house. I was once a big believer in stern disciple and in a since I still am but I can see how if you build a child’s confidence he/she is more likely to want to do good and the negative behavior goes out the window. For the most part :-)It has been about 2 weeks since I really got the hang of not focusing on the negative things my children do but the positive and it has made a huge differences in my children, especially my son. He went from responding with anger 90 percent of the time to wanting to help do kitchen stuff, bringing me water just because, bringing me ice-packs (I have bad shoulders), always asking, “Is there anything I can do to help”, the list is endless. Anyway, I’m ranting now so here is the website.


  3. Thanks for the list!

    Recently, I stumbled upon “Wise Words for Moms” http://www.amazon.com/dp/0966378660/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=5914152261&ref=pd_sl_747qkb8vli_e and LOVE it! Ginger Plowman wrote up a chart that lists common heart issues and with each, she has questions to ask them to reveal their heart, verses that talk about what behavior to “put off” as well as what to “put on”…

    Though I haven’t used this chart all that much with my 18 mos old, I think this will be very helpful in the coming years.

  4. I don’t want to come across as being snobby, because I do love y’alls minsitry, but I am a little disapointed to see that the Bible is not listed as a favorite training resource. I think that should be the number one resource Christians should use. I think all others should come secondary.
    I do have some things from Doorposts and I do love them, but they are all based off the Bible.
    Just my 2cents!
    I am so thankful for y’alls ministries. They have been such an encouragment to me and I pray that God will bless y’all!

  5. After many rave reviews of Doorposts, I finally ordered the 4 pack of charts and the service chart. I am excited to teach and learn from these. We are also beginning homeschool this year using My Father’s World core curriculum and the Gotta Have God devotional. I did not grow up in a Christian home and I feel like I can also learn so much from these sources!

  6. Oh my goodness, you girls made me wish I had decided to read Sally’s book along with you. My summer was already quite full with “to do’s” and now I’m sitting here wishing I had added just this one thing. Looks like I’m going to have to add her book to my “to do” list now, eh? ;)

    There were SO many good points made here. In fact, I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this particular video. Courtney, God spoke clearly to me through your words about manners vs. training. You’re so right, we DO need to evaluate whether our intervention points our children to the cross and their need for Jesus. Wow! What an eye opener when you said, “ALL parents, not just Christian parents, are training their children to good manners.” And stopping those thoughts at the door of our minds and “frisking” them. Another terrific point with a great visual to remind myself. And Angela, bless you. Can’t wait to hear that your precious baby has arrived. You are simply glowing with motherhood. You girls have given me so much to think about today. Thank you for your ministry to us.

  7. Hi Melissa,

    Thank you so much for your comment! When I listed those resources last night I meant for them to be viewed as “in addition to the bible” not viewed as a substitution. Of course our number 1 resource is the bible…I just thought that was a given. :) Thank you for pointing that error out to me!

    Love God Greatly!

  8. Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training – Louis Paul Priolo
    Excellent book in how to use scriptures-this book captures the heart of it-amazing book-I promise-yout life will change. He also has a book on anger to help take off the sin of anger.

    This is an AMAZING resource!!

  9. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but have been watching the videos here and there. Boy did I need to see this one today! I have a major battle going on in my mind and need to frisk every thought. Thank you so much for encouraging me in this area.

  10. Hi Norma- ohhh deep thoughts today my sweet friend! ;) Hmmm I’m not sure my pregnancy mind can quite go that deep tonight but I’ll try! :) Hehehe! To me it seems that we are to obey Christ and follow the example He set because ultimately Christ was opening God’s will for His life here on earth and we are called to do the same. We are called “to obey Christ” because He is God in human form sent to earth but we are also called to follow Christ’s example when He was here on earth as He obeyed God’s will for His life even when it lead to the cross. So basically we are to do both: obey and follow His example. :)

    Athena- thank you so much for sharing that article with us! I can’t wait to read it! :)

    Jenna- ohh I love learning new ways to get to the heart issues instead of just concentrating on the outward behavior! Thanks so much for suggesting this! Can’t wait to take a look at it!

    Emily- I just ordered those same charts to based on so many peoples recommendations! :) Excited with you sweet friend! :)

    Toni- always good to hear from you! Hey, these videos and posts will stay up for quite some time so don’t worry about not doing them with us this summer. You can at your own pace when you have the time. :) I LOVED what Courtney shared too! She always speaks to my heart!:)

    Lisa- I think someone else just recommended this book to me this past week! I’ll have to check it out too! :) Thanks so much for passing along the link!

    Sharon- so glad you saw the video just when you were needing it! Praying over you tonight dear friend! :)

    Thanks everyone for your comments today!

    Love God Greatly!


  11. I absolutely love My ABC Bible Verses, by Susan Hunt! I use this with my kids ages 1- 13. Every week we learn a new verse and write it for penmenship, this way when they are done they each have their own “book”.


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