Quotes from Sacred Parenting Seminar by Gary Thomas

Today at Hesston High School, Garden Community Church is hosting a "Sacred Parenting" Seminar by Gary Thomas. He has written several books on marriage and parenting.  Below are some of my favorite quotes from the day:

I discovered there were hundreds of books on the "hows" of parenting, but only a few verses in the Bible on how to parent.

What is motivating me in parenting? (fear, pride, anger)

God changed my attitude (grace, love, hope)

The Law is not going to change these families. I need to send the Messiah. (God)

You can't parent to be appreciated by your kids.

Our children are God's children first. God loves them more than we can know.

A son broke 5 family rules to get his dad milk & cookies. Does God look at the rules that are broken or at the heart?

Before major calls in the Bible, God says "do not be afraid." There is no explanation of how. 

I (JL) would comment that we don't know the HOW, but we do know WHO. The focus is on who God is and what He can do, not our power or strength.

We are obsessed with fear. The United States media moves from crisis to crisis. Instead of focusing on fear, let's remember the promises of John 14:27.

In the end, it doesn't matter what we do.

Don't trade anything for your time with your family.

Focus on what we are called to do well. There is not enough time to do everything. Choose wisely.

 "The days are long and the years are short"



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