This world is filled with lots noise. The culture is constantly screaming different messages at us, and it uses social media platforms, news cycles, celebrities, politicians, and even religious leaders to pound these narratives into our brains.
The loudest narratives are often motivated by fear, “Fear you’re not a good enough mom, you’re too strict, you’re too laid back, you’re child isn’t going to be smart, you’re child isn’t going to be safe, you’re children are going to miss out on a critical step in life if you as a mother don’t provide X, Y, and Z." The mom guilt is a powerful tool when wielded in the wrong hands.
How do we as moms know who to listen to? Is there such a thing as too much information? How do we teach our children to identify lies and counteract with the truth? We may be raising young children now, but our goal is to raise men and women who can make good choices for themselves. The Bible tells us that Jesus gave us the Spirit of truth to be able to discern what is true. We can teach our children to listen to God's Spirit of truth!
In this episode, we interview Nicole, mom to three boys, who gives us some great practical wisdom on how to navigate through all the noise.
How can we tell if information is motivated by fear? The Bible tells us that God does not give a spirit of fear, but gives power, love, and a sound mind. If information is being promoted or pushed out of fear, it’s may not be worth listening to.
The Bible also says to think on what is pure, what is true, what is lovely, what is praiseworthy, and virtuous. When you are confronted with a news article, advice from a friend or coworker, or you watch an interview ask yourself, ‘Is this true, lovely, praiseworthy, and virtuous?” The Spirit of truth is faithful to lead us in what is right.
Have honest and open conversations with your kids. I will often bring up to my children that you must not believe everything you see and hear. Hold it against God’s Word. What is true about God? What does God say about that? In order for this to be effective, our kids need to be in the Word!
Resources from this episode:
1.) The Action Bible by David C. Cook: Good for boys and girls, but Rachel's boys LOVE it. This is our go-to birthday gift for boys under 10.
2.) Exploring the Bible by David Murray: Rachel's suggestion that is great for younger readers and writers. Short and not overwhelming, but it's straight out of God's word.
3.) Personal Bible and journal: Rachel encourages her teen to be reading through the Bible on his own. A journal, some pens, and a highlighter will make it easier to focus and be engaged.
4.) One Year Bible: Some families enjoy reading on the same plan because they can discuss the content over breakfast, dinner, or before bedtime. While adults, teens, and preteens can use an actual One Year Bible, Stacy recommends The One Year Devotion for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman if you have little ones.
5.) My First Hands on Bible: an abbreviated and simplified version of Scripture that Stacy loves for 3-6 year olds.
6.) Indescribable: Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio. Stacy recommends these easy-to-read devotions for families with younger boys and girls.
7.) God's Wisdom for Little Girls by Elizabeth George: Stacy loves this beautifully illustrated devotional through Proverbs 31 for her girls.
8.) Adam Raccoon by Glen Keane: This fabulous series uses stories from the Bible to illustrate important values and truths that younger readers can easily digest.
9.) Always Be Ready: Charlie Campbell has developed an incredible website that has hundreds of resources and topics to be able to help you know why you believe what you believe.
Fill up with God's truth and then lead your kids in it!
Rachel and Stacy