Last week my husband spoke at Liberty University’s convocation. He brought Elijah with him on the trip. Elijah had been working on memorizing a little something at school. I was so proud. Elijah definitely does not have a glossophobia. It’s in the genes.
Last night our boys team won the tournament for their coach pitch league this fall. We had so much fun. There is nothing like watching your child perform. Whether it is in a sport or a performance of some type, it is so much fun.
It was a great night for baseball all around (yeah Boston!).
I read a blog (see here for full article) this week about how parents can best encourage their children in sports. They surveyed college athletes and asked them what their parents said that made you feel great. Their response was…
I love watching you play.
I said this so many times to my boys last night. I don’t know what they will remember about their childhood when they grow up. I don’t know if they will ever know how much work it is to have your children play an organized sport. But I hope and pray they will remember how much we enjoyed watching them play. And how proud we always are of them.
Teaching kids kids to be generous is not easy. It is against human nature to share. Adults don’t like to share either, we just learn how to hide it better.
My husband and I teach our kids tithing like it isn’t an option. It is just a matter of fact. You give back to God 10% of everything He gives you. But to get our kids to go beyond tithing and into generosity is not an easy task. Back this past winter, my sister’s oldest two kids had a joint birthday party and instead of receiving gifts, they collected items for kids in Africa. I thought this was a great idea to rip off.
So when Elijah’s birthday rolled around this July, I asked him if he would like to collect something at his birthday party instead of gifts. He immediately said no. I let it go and tried again a few days later. This time I told him that he would still be getting gifts. His dad and I as well as his grandparents, cousins, etc… would still give him gifts, just not the kids invited to his party.
He agreed and we selected Beds 4 Kids as his charity. We thought it would be cool to have a huge pile of bedding to load up after his party.
Then this past September, Graham followed suit. Graham collected stuffed animals for the kids at Levine Children’s Hospital.
I was so proud of my boys. Once they made the decision, they never complained. And they were still blessed with gifts and money from those closest to them.
I am not a perfect parent. I do not seize every teachable moment and share bible verses with my kids daily. And I don’t know that we will make this a birthday tradition. (I hope we do but I want it to be their choice). But I hope their generosity will inspire their friends to be generous (as their cousins did for my boys), and that maybe my kid’s generation will grow up to generous givers.
8 years ago today this boy changed my name to mom. He is a lover of Dragonvale (tomorrow we find out if he successfully bred a double rainbow dragon!), a champion Bey Blade fighter, and extremely lucky when playing cards. I am so glad to have boys who could introduce me to a whole new world that I barely even knew existed.
Happy Birthday Elijah!
My kids made a welcome video for our Easter worship experiences. I couldn’t not share it here.
Today is a special day in the Furtick household. It is Steven Furtick’s 33 birthday. These pictures were taken this past Sunday morning before he left for church. He knew the snow would be gone when we got home. I wish you could know him the way we do. You would love and respect him even more. He is an incredible husband, an amazing father, a brilliant leader and a man of God.
“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone
Right before Christmas we had the opportunity to make boxes for Operation Christmas Child along with a few other Elevation staff children. I love serving with my kids. I love teaching them to care about others. They had such a great time picking out toys for their boxes and then assembling their boxes.
Did you know that this year, Operation Christmas Child expects to hit 100 Million boxes this year? And, did you know that you don’t have to wait until Christmas time to make a box? The boxes that we made will be distributed in Panama this March and you can still contribute to the stack (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
And don’t forget, you can always visit Elevation Outreach for more information about how you, your family, or your small group can get involved.