Praying For More Than “Safe”

I pen these words the day after a bomber took out an 8-year-old as he waited for his dad to cross the finish line of the Boston marathon. There’s not a single day that I drop my son off at pre-school that I don’t think about Sandy Hook and have to fight the urge to do a U-turn in the school parking lot, bring him home and lock all the doors. Then there are super viruses, bacterial infections, and childhood cancers…It’s enough to make me want to say this desperate prayer all day, every day “Jesus, keep my kids safe. Jesus, keep my kids safe. JESUS, PLEASE KEEP MY KIDS SAFE!”

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Faith-Based Parenting: Fostering Loyalty

By Kim Wagner

You may have the idea that being your child’s “buddy” will foster their loyalty. I’ve seen a few moms approach parenting more like a popularity contest; they cave to the child’s whims and demands from fear of losing the child’s devotion or making him or her unhappy.

Watch out, mom, that approach is a recipe for disaster! Continue reading

Faith-Based Parenting: Getting Them to God

By Kim Wagner

My husband was only 6 years old when He responded to Christ’s call to salvation. He was a mere boy of 13 when he surrendered to preach the gospel and delivered his first message. It’s hard for me to imagine having a kid-pastor barely 18, but the folks in my husband’s first church loved and respected their teenage pastor. His experience however, is definitely not the norm. Continue reading

Faith-Based Parenting: Intentionally Winning the Next Generation

By Kim Wagner

My husband and I had a rude awakening when our firstborn was entering her teen years. About that time, a study was released that showed frightening statistics indicating we were losing our kids:

• 69–94 percent of Christian youth forsake their faith after leaving high school.

• An additional 64 percent loss after college graduation.

• 75 percent loss of students from the Assemblies of God churches within one year of high school graduation.

• 88 percent loss of students from churches within the Southern Baptist Convention.

• 94 percent fallout within two years of high school graduation was reported by Josh McDowell Ministries. Continue reading