With so many distractions that pull at us here and tug at us there, it is easy to forget that God has a divine purpose for our families, a mission. And if we aren’t careful, His mission might get lost amidst the to-do lists and piano lessons, the grocery shopping and office meetings, the parent-teacher conferences and ball games.
Here are some books that will help us to define (or in many cases re-define and/or re-focus) the over-arching purpose for why we’re doing this thing called family:
For when we need to be reminded of what it REALLY looks like to listen, obey and follow Jesus so that we can live these truths in our families:
For when we need to be reminded that first and foremost, God changes and challenges, molds and makes US — the parents — AS we try to change and challenge, mold and make our children:
For when we need to be reminded that a vast mission field lies before us in our living rooms, around our kitchen tables, and in our mini-vans:
For when we need to be reminded that disciplining our kids is less about control and more about training them to handle their God-given freedoms:
For when we need a reminder that every relationship — especially those existing under our own roofs — thrives best where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known:
For when we need a reminder that parenting children in their teenage years ISN’T a time to be endured but a time rich with exciting teachable moments: