I have enjoyed reading the book Discipline of a Godly Woman. One chapter that stood out to me was on the area of disciplining the mind.
My daughter has recently turned 8….
(A Loomband Cake – her theme for the year)
And I turn a little mushy thinking how she has so quickly grown right up before my eyes…
This is what I remember her to look like…
And this is my darl a week ago!
Time had been dancing on rapid air!
My firstborn is precious to me in many ways. She is sweet by nature, diligent, patient, loves to teach, loves her siblings, is funny and caring, but what blesses me the most is her soft, pliable spirit. She strives to obey me and is just simply delightful!
(Getting a gift that is slightly bigger than her 😉 )
When she turns 8, I realise that we are entering into a new phase of parenting…it’s called the Middle Year transition. Joey and Carla Link, author of “Why Can’t I Get My Kids to Behave?” teach that it is crucial to work on the attitudes of the heart during this middle year transition.
One of my goals as a family is also to learn to think Scripturally.
What I mean by that is to develop a framework of mind that views lives through the lense of the Word of God.
Now that is a lofty goal…but I am encouraged by the words of Barbara Hughes, author of the above mentioned book. She wrote,
“…the human mind’s potential reaches its height in the possibility of possessing the mind of Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. No computer will ever be able to think God’s thoughts or know the heart of God or do his works. But it’s what the brain was created for—to have the mind of Christ. What a scandal that so many Christians don’t think Christianly! In one comprehensive sentence, Paul prescribes his personal mental program: “Whatever is true… honorable… just… pure… lovely… commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). If you are filled with God’s Word, your life can then be informed and directed by God—your relationships at home, parenting, career, ethical decisions, and internal moral life.”
Now isn’t that beautiful?
We expose and enlarge our minds through continuously reading and studying the Scripture. Good Christian books and literatures are also important as they offer us a wealth of accumulated wisdom, knowledge and soul enrichment.
My daughter and I have been going through 4 different books now that are stretching our level of faith and deepening our knowledge of our heroes of the faith. My passion for learning has truly been accelerated through reading a range of classic, devotional, theological and other books. Teaching our children to feast their mind on the Word will clearly fuel their own passion for a closer walk with God.