“Daddy, will you ask your boss to let you come home early today?” Because we had enjoyed an extra special family night the evening before, my daughter wanted the special time to continue day and night. Obviously, I would love to stay home and play all day! My daughter’s sweet request has rung through my ears all day today. The opportunity to parent a child is an extraordinary gift. Faithfully stewarding the responsibility is quite a challenge. I find myself regularly asking God to help me parent well. The subject of parenting is a frequent conversation topic with my accountability partners, in my small group, and at dinner table conversations. I find myself frequently discussing specific topics such as what kind of routines to foster in our home, where children should go to school, how you should disciple your kids, and how to earn my daughter’s trust. I will confess that I often do not feel confident in my parenting. I need help.
Do you feel confident in your parenting? I’m 32 and only have one child. Frankly, I have a lot to learn as a parent. How about you? Crossings is excited to sponsor a conference at SBTS on August 20, 2016 that is designed to help us all become confident parents. Here are three reasons you should attend Counsel the Word: Confident Parenting on August 20 at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.
1. Go to the Confident Parenting Conference to receive encouragement.
Parenting can feel very lonely. Often, we feel like our particular challenges in parenting are unique to us. I remember being very concerned about my daughter’s growing pains in her legs. Like clockwork, around 9 pm, we would hear through sobbing whimpers: “My legs hurt.” Little massages, ice packs, and prayers for King Jesus to make the pain go away always helped. Nevertheless, after four or five nights of this in a row, we grew very concerned. When we called a friend who has a full quiver, she calmed us and said this was normal from time to time. How refreshing it was for someone to say, “That’s normal. Here is what I found helped. I will pray for you.” Just as Paul told the Thessalonians, we are to “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). If you attend this conference, you will have the opportunity to sit next to and eat with many other parents who will help put the wind back in your your proverbial parenting sails.
2. Go to the Confident Parenting Conference to receive sound biblical teaching.
I am grateful to have learned from all the speakers in one way or another. Dr. Scott taught me how to understand the heart of a child in counseling class. Dr. Stinson taught me how to have a thriving relationship with my daughter and how to teach masculinity and femininity in his class for family ministry. Dr. Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart helped me understand why the Gospel must be the central focus of parenting. Dr. Lambert taught me the importance of careful and faithful discipline in person and at church (Proverbs 13:24). In each and every case, careful scriptural exposition grounded and accompanied these helpful lessons. The sufficiency of the Bible is the reason this conference is called “Confident Parenting.” We should have every confidence that God’s Word can equip us to parent well. As 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”
3. Go to the Confident Parenting Conference to receive practical, gospel-oriented, tips.
I recall Dr. Lambert telling one of his children, “That is just plain weird.” It turns out that “weird” is a common category the Lamberts use in their home to teach their children what is appropriate and not appropriate in public. My wife and I have now incorporated this category into our own home. If you are ever in my home, you will hear me at times telling my daughter, “That’s weird!” In fact, my wife frequently tells me, “Randall, that is weird!” Here’s the point. This conference is going to give you dozens of practical and biblically-grounded tips from seasoned and wise parents that you can take home and implement immediately. The Bible tells us that we are to teach our children as we go: “You shall teach them [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][God’s words] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7). These men—and several of their wives who are leading breakout sessions—will share with you how they seek to obey Deuteronomy 6 in their own parenting.
We Hope to See You There
Crossings will be there on August 20. Please stop by our booth and say hello. If you haven’t registered for the conference, you can register here. Use code “Crossings” to get 15% off registration.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]