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In chapter one we are setting the framework for what the book is really about... the heart! The heart is the wellspring of our lives! What our attitude and actions are is a mirror image of what is in our hearts! WOW... that hit me even in my own relationship with Christ, not just in parenting! Like the old saying goes... "garbage in ... garbage out". How can I shepherd my child's heart when my heart is not right and overflowing with the fruits of the spirit! You can not teach your children what you have not learned first! The Lord puts a lot of emphasis on the heart in the bible. Did you know it is mentioned in the bible over 700 times?
We are also learning that the bible is the only book you ever need for parenting... geez to now "GET IT".... I could have saved a lot of $$ from not buying all the parenting books. I don't know why in my desperation in parenting, I didn't go the one true book that holds the only truths I need to succeed. The bible is the lamp unto my feet and light unto my path... that also does include parenting. Unless the word of God dwells in us, we will be ineffective!!
I can't wait to get to class on Sunday and dig deeper into ch. 1 with the gang!! It has only begun!