Last week I met with a sweet but very discouraged couple trying to hold on to hope for their children and family. They had grown angry and disillusioned with each other over disagreements on how to parent through difficult issues and choices their children were making.
I couldn’t help but remember a similar season when Glen and I quit talking and instead allowed an icy wall to grow between us. Just like this couple, many of our disagreements rose out of how to parent our children. Parenting is often fertile ground for conflict between two individuals who enter into this vital role from two different home environments and experiences.
In writing a book together, I have thought a great deal about Glen’s and my journey as parents.
We come from very different backgrounds and while we shared the same vision for our kids, we had entirely different perspectives on how to get there. We frequently disagreed, yet neither disunity, nor mistakes, stopped God from furthering His work in all of us.
In hindsight, I see it so much differently now.
I think of a cement mixer that blends cement and water together into a mixture that forms a strong foundation for a home. With concrete, good outcomes result from the right proportions – a good mix design. Over the years, Glen and I finally grew willing to place ourselves into the “cement mixer” and blend our ideas and perspectives together.
We learned that too much of Ellen wasn’t wise and neither was too much of Glen.
This took humility by both of us. This realization made a significant difference in our marriage and also in our children who needed both of us in equal measure.
Moms and dads! Your influence is far greater than you think. You can have different opinions and still find a way to be unified in the process. It’s a powerful way to model godliness in your marriage and family.
Our book, A Spiritual Heritage, is a testament of God’s faithfulness. We believe that families are His primary means by which faith transfers from one generation to the next and we hope to encourage parents and grandparents alike to be intentional with this aim in mind.
Who should read A Spiritual Heritage?
- Young parents wanting to deepen their understanding of developing a spiritual heritage for their children.
- Any parent wanting to learn from the successes and mistakes of others.
- Parents in need of hope – who may be discouraged over the condition of their family life. God never gives up and neither should you!
- Grandparents! Your influence makes a huge difference.
Some of you will read the book and recognize bits and pieces of yourselves and your own journey within the pages. That’s because the ideas we share are a result of not only our own experiences but years of working with families and discovering principles that make a difference.
We are grateful for all of you and hope you find hope and encouragement within the pages of our book.
We would be honored if you ordered it today!