As a Christian mom, I have had only one personal goal for my children
I want to pass the faith along to my children. Personally I don't really care if they ultimately imitate my lifestyle or repeat my life experiences in areas outside of my faith. I am not intent on reproducing myself in them. My goal in mothering has been to help them to the place where God could reproduce Himself in them. I wanted to pass my faith along to them. As a mom I certainly was not perfect. That was not my goal. My goal was to be blameless before them. That is, I would keep short sin accounts with my boys. When I sinned against them, I determined I would quickly confess, repent and ask their forgiveness. It is especially humiliating to ask a two-year old to forgive something you said in haste but I wanted to walk blamelessly before them. As much as I knew to do, I made sure there was nothing left undone between us. I wanted to run well. I wanted to finish strong with my sons, having handed down the faith to them through instruction, exhortation and example. Obviously, our children have to decide for themselves if they will take the baton of faith and run their own race but there is much we can do to help them desire to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Beloved runner, in the race of mothering we are not competing against one another. We each must run our own race while competing against the demands and distractions of the world, the flesh and the devil. We must fix our eyes on Jesus and run well. We must unpack the baggage of the past and leave it on the bench or we will never finish strong. We must refuse to carry any besetting sin lest it weigh us down and slow our stride. We must untangle ourselves from the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life lest these lusts trip us up and prevent us from making forward progress. We have to lay aside the guilt of the past, the pressures of the present and the fear of the unknown future and run. We must run well. We must finish strong. As we run we want to hand down the baton of our faith to the next generation without stumbling or fumbling the hand-off. Join Jean Stockdale for a look into God's Word for timeless truths on handing down your faith to toddlers and teens. Having completed the task of raising and releasing two sons into the adult world, she has turned her attention to raising up the next generation of godly moms. As you work through this interactive workbook, she will gladly stand in the grandstands of your life and cheer you on towards the finish line! It is her momma's heart's desire to see you run well and finish strong.