We’ve all heard the alarming stats on children from Christian homes leaving the faith after leaving home. I’m sure that is just as concerning to you as it is to me. After all, our desire is to see our children make their faith their own. To live it out and pass it on to future generations…even to our grandchildren! We’re all too aware that we need to capture our children’s hearts as early as possible. To help us with that, I have come across a wonderful resource to help you disciple your children and see them live out their own life with the Lord long after they leave your nest. In Teach Them Diligently, Leslie Nunnery shares her heart for discipleship-based parenting and unpacks key Scriptures on how and why to do so. Through these pages, you will find yourself encouraged, refined, and walking away with practical ways to disciple your children.
Warning: you may not want to put the book down once you start!
Teach Them Diligently: Raising Children of Promise
In her book Teach Them Diligently, Nunnery shares from her own life openly reminding us that training up our children is not just a set of rules to instill but offering practical and natural direction. She carefully unpacks the often-quoted Scriptures of Deuteronomy 6 and Proverbs 22. Of special note is her emphasis on teaching our children diligently, following Moses’ command in Deut. 6:7. We are to disciple our children in everyday moments. And in doing so, we prepare them for whatever will come their way. The author said of her own life:
“Growing up in a Christian family did not necessarily strengthen my faith; but growing up in a home where my parents told the stories of God’s work in their lives certainly did.” (p.87-88)
She underscores the importance of telling our children not only what God did for His people in the Bible, but of what God has done for each of us in our own lives too. Making Him personal and very much relevant today.
Leaving a Legacy – Shepherding Hearts
In Teach Them Diligently, the writer shares the importance of having a strategic plan, keeping the end goal in mind. She highlights the importance of taking the time to think about what you want your children to know and love when they leave your home. Once you have established those ideals, and you dig into the Word, you can purposefully and consistently model and teach that vision to the best of your ability and by the grace of God. This will sharpen your focus and godly wisdom and discernment will guide your path. All of which you will need as you shepherd your children’s hearts.
One of the blessings of a well-shepherded heart is that you and your child’s relationship will most likely strengthen as you move through those scary teen years. Some tears are inevitable, but I think we have great reason to believe there will also be lots of laughter, joy and healthy growth too.
The Benefits of Teaching our Children Diligently
Being diligent to train our children’s hearts is not always easy. It takes an enormous amount of energy, time, and prayer. But, with the help of the Lord, we are equipped and enabled to do so. After all, this is what He has called us to do, and the benefits are for both our children and us. He refines and strengthens both of us in the process.
Moreover, special blessings follow our obedience to God’s call on our lives to disciple our children. Among them are:
- joy (Proverbs 23:24-26)
- respect from our children (Proverbs 31:28)
- rest (Proverbs 29:17)
- hope (Psalm 112; Isaiah 65)
- our children can grow up to be strong, blessed and prepared for the battles to come (2 Timothy 2)
Practical Discipleship Wisdom
In the book, the author shares some very practical ways in which we can disciple our children. From intentional mealtime talks that address heart issues to car chats as you drive around town, to listening to teens late at night share their hearts, to creating thankful chains at Thanksgiving, among many more. These tips will give you ideas on how you can improve your own discipleship relationship with your children.
She also offers insights and guidelines on how to know if your diligent teaching is working – the heart evidence and characteristics to look for. These ideas will give you a picture of what is working in your parenting as well as maybe some areas that could use a little improvement.
Nunnery also reminds us what discipleship parenting does not look like. She offers some specific ways parents can fall short and actually turn their kids away from the Lord.
At the end of each chapter, she includes:
- questions for the reader to help them see where they are at
- application ideas, and
- reminders to take everything to prayer, listening to what God may be wanting to say
The final chapter is full of resources that you will want to read, most of which are online for free. Nunnery even shares a link to the Teach Them Diligently blog for specific Scriptures to pray for your children. As you start to pray Scripture over your children, you will see the amazing transformation that results over time. You won’t want to miss that wonderful resource!!
If you desire to disciple your children and feel that you could use a little encouragement or practical tips, Teach Them Diligently is a book that you will enjoy having at your fingertips. Scripture references abound. It is a book that is worth reading over and over again, underlining, and praying over. God calls us to train up our children in the way they should go. Leslie Nunnery’s book will help you do just that on your parenting or homeschooling journey.
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