Parenting – Your Primary Calling

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I read this recently and wanted to share with you.  I hope it blesses you also.

“Parenting is your primary calling.  Parenting will mean that you can’t do all the things that you could otherwise do.  It will affect your golf handicap. It may mean your home does not look like a picture from Better Home and Gardens.  It will impact your career and ascent on the corporate ladder.  It will alter the kind of ministry you are able to pursue.  It will modify the amount of time you have for bowling, hunting, television, or how many books you will read.  It will mean that you can’t develop every interest that comes along. The costs are high.

How can you measure the cost against the benefits?  I have spent time with broken parents. I have seen the drawn faces of parents who have known the heartbreak of seeing their children fleeing a home in which they had not been understood or engaged by their parents. I have also known the joy of hearing children who have been biblically engaged by their parents say, ‘Dad, I am amazed at how thoroughly I have been prepared for life. I will always be grateful for what you and Mom have given me’.  What price tag can a parent place on that?

God calls you to invest yourself in this way with your children.  This kind of communication is not just beneficial, it is mandated!  It is the path of blessing because it is the path of obedience. Is this kind of communication expensive?  Yes!  But the benefits far exceed the cost.”

(Chapter 10, Embracing Biblical Methods: A Life of Communication – “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp)

{Quote used with permission}

20 thoughts on “Parenting – Your Primary Calling

      1. Jessica S

        One of the recommended that came up with the one you mentioned was “Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women.” Any chance you’ve read that? I’m considering throwing it in the cart, too.

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  1. Mama Goose

    “God calls you to invest yourself in this way with your children. This kind of communication is not just beneficial, it is mandated! It is the path of blessing because it is the path of obedience.”

    A great reminder! We expect our children to obey us because it is God’s will. In the same way we must be obedient in our responsibilities by investing in their lives. Thanks for this. :)

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  2. Jessica

    I needed that encouragement today. Facing challenges homeschooling and training a 13yo boy with a big personality. I have that book. Think I need to re-read it :)

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  3. Jennifer

    This is so good! I have been slowly working my way through this book – slowly only because I am trying to take the time to let the truths that convict soak into my heart. Thanks for sharing this quote! Think I need to share it on Facebook and Pin it as a reminder. :)

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  4. Yvonne Reynolds

    Yes, that is one great book! And I was one of those corporate ladder climbing women. Can’t even imagine living a life like that today. So thankful that God got a hold of my heart and changed my direction :)

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