After listening to Israel Wayne at the Spartanburg Teach Them Diligently Homeschooling Conference this year, I was compelled to read his book “Full-Time Parenting : A Guide To Family-Based Discipleship”. Israel is the product of a divorced parents, physically abused by step-father and with a mom that was not a believer in Christ. Yet through all of this he shows how God’s Grace can change everything.
We cannot care for these children, born of our flesh, with the strength of our flesh. We must learn to parent through the empowerment and wisdom of God’s spirit (pg. 32)
Using practical advice straight from the Bible, Israel encourages “hands-on & first-person” consistency in parenting, especially with multiple children in the family. He reminds us that all areas of life have a direct impact on the future generations to come. He also covers the use of technology and the principle of “amusing ourselves to death” in the process of “learning”.
From discussing single incomes, starting businesses or the decision to homeschool or christian school, Israel brings the Bible into each topic and relates it in a down to earth way.
Have you set out to win in the race of raising Godly children? Then don’t let the culture of the love of affluence entangle you. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witness, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1, KJV) (pg. 112)
Within the chapter of “Keeping Your Marriage Strong”, Israel and his wife Brook worked together on discussing the topics of conflict, communications and closeness. From yelling, to manipulation these two bring many common issues in marriage to light and show a way to work them out. This chapter is a back and forth for the husband and wife to read together if possible as it brings Godly wisdom and common sense together to remind us that we are working together.
You only need to remember ONE simple but important point and put it into practice, and you will have a wonderful blissful marriage: From the moment you are married, to the moment you die, neither of you can … (pg. 84)
Full-Time Parenting, A Family-Based Discipleship is a great book to show the distractions and cures for parenting in todays culture. For my husbands of homeschooling mom’s out there, I would highly suggest this book be added to your tool bag. Israel did an outstanding job of covering parenting from the point of birth to the inevitable “Passing the Baton” into adulthood.
Children need their fathers. Children have legitimate needs that they are unable to meet by themselves. There becomes a competition between the perceived needs of the father and the pressing needs of the child or children. Someone will have to be denied. It is a rare father who will deny himself to care for the needs of the children entrusted to him. (pg. 33)
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