By: Rich Harding
One of Noah’s (my eldest) favorite phrases at the moment is “Cannon Ball” after which he promptly launches himself upon me knees first. He then proceeds jumping on me in an attempt to squash me. Nathan, our youngest thinks this is hilarious and joins in the fun rolling on top of me, a squashing frenzy that sometimes last up to 20 mins! After we calm down I’m left lying there thinking, “I wonder how my life would be different if I had girls instead!”
This week we found out that we are having a girl! We are so excited, but it also got me thinking, wow how is this going to be different. So many people have said to me, “Get ready, you’re in for a surprise, girls are so different from boys!!”
Despite people obviously knowing these differences between boys and girls, the agenda of a militant liberal media, has fueled a trend of generalizing genders across the world, of trying to mix boys and girls...
With three precious kids, I have had to pray for a lot for grace and wisdom to raise my children. Derek Prince once said that a child never needs to be taught to be rebellious, it is part of the human nature. For example, you don’t have to teach your child to not share his toy, they naturally don’t want to do it. On the complete contrary, we need to teach them how to share, boundaries, and to not yell or get upset when things don’t go their way.
I love the book of Proverbs! It’s part of my daily discipline to read the Proverb of the day; I never stop learning from the great truths written by King Solomon. Proverbs 19 contains various principles in regards to discipline, that as parents we should study and out into practice. It is so easy to be influenced by how others discipline their children, or by the way we were disciplined. But I think the Word of God needs to be where we run to to make decisions.
How many parents long to raise children who transform the world for God? Susanna Wesley did just that as the mother of John and Charles Wesley, two men used by God to change the world.
How did she do it?
She took responsibility to EDUCATE her children.
It took her more than 20 years raise her 19 kids! At the time, it was not common for women to receive education, but Susanna did not allow herself to be led by what the world did. She decided to educate all 19 of her sons and daughters. Today, she is recognized as the founder of what is known as Homeschool. Her main focus was to teach her children to love God above all things.
I believe that we fulfill our mission as parents when we teach our children to love God with all their heart. In regards to this Susanna said, “Lord, here are the children You gave me. Not one was lost because of my bad example, or because I neglected to impart the truth in their first years. I...
By: Ps. Rich Harding
"Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him."
A couple of nights ago, I was reading a story to Noah before bed about Noah and the ark. There was one part that really stood out to me. It said this: "So Noah and Mrs. Noah, their three sons and their wives, they all began to build the boat that would one day save their lives."
It got me thinking, Noah didn't conform to the world's way of doing things. He built a huge boat in the middle of the desert and kept at it for around hundred years! There was no sign of rain and no sign of water in the land, but it was that boat that would one day save his very life and the lives of his whole family. He simply built the ark in accordance with what God had commanded him to do.
God showed him step by step how to build the very vessel for his salvation, but not just for himself but his whole family too. He was a true man, a true Father and leader of his household. He...
August is a month of celebration and many birthdays for our family.
Noah, my oldest son’s birthday was the eight of this month. My little brother, Matias, also has a birthday in August as well as my brother-in-law, Laudijair. The amazing thing is that it feels like I gave birth to my son only a few days ago. Four years flew by!
When they asked Billy Graham what had been life’s greatest surprise, after being involved in the ministry for so many years, he replied: how short life is. I agree with him. Life passes by very quickly, the Psalmist said, “my days are like an evening shadow that goes away”. Our time on earth goes by very quickly, and the time we have our children with us at home is also very short.
I know what it takes to be a mom. Actually, I think it has been one of the greatest responsibilities in my life and the one that requires the most time from me. But not just time, motherhood demands A...
Like never before, society is desperate for FAMILY!
This is the purpose for which God calls His children. When God called Abraham, He not only told Him He’d bless him. The Lord took it a step further, “and in you, all of the nations of the earth will be blessed.” When God brings a couple together, He is not just thinking about the two individuals, but in the generations that will come as the fruit of their union.
I am thankful for my parents’ lives, because, although they have always been very involved in ministry, they never put family aside. I have many memories of our family spending time together on vacation, eating out, laughing. Thanks to what they taught us, we can give the same to our children.
The foundation for family is friendship. It’s so important to desire to spend time together and learn to enjoy every moment.
There’s one thing every relationship needs to grow, time. The way we spend our time usually...
By: Ps. Rich Harding
Back when I was a kid (not that long ago!!), there was a TV show I used to love watching with my sisters called Fun House. It was a kid's show where people applied to compete against each other. I just remember longing to be on that show. It was full of incredible games, go-karting, mazes of soft play. But i think my favourite part of the show came right at the end. The winners were sometimes allowed to 'gunge' one of their parents! (Maybe that was why my dad never let me apply!!).
But it does bring me to the question: How fun is your house and how far are you willing to go as a parent to make it fun? Our homes are the most important place on the earth. It is where we find refuge and security, it's where we go when there's nowhere else. The sad thing today is that so many homes have become places of pain and suffering. The atmosphere is heavy full of criticism and arguing. Everyone hides from each...
I recently found a book titled, The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary Chapman. This book teaches how children perceive love and receive it.
As parents, we not only need to meet the physical needs of our children. Our priority is to meet the emotional needs with which they were created.
“It is much easier to discipline and train your child when they fill loved, versus when their emotional tank is almost empty. The way we fill cars with gasoline, we need to fill our children’s emotional tanks so they can behave as they should and reach their full potential.”
After reading about the different languages Chapman mentions in his book (physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service), Rich and I were able to examine our son and reached the conclusion that Noah receives love through quality time.
Quality time refers to a time focused and completely dedicated to them. The most important...
By: Rich Harding
A while back, I picked up the phone and called my sister, which I don’t do very often. So I was surprised when I heard screams and tears, "I cannot talk right now, I'll call you later". She hung up at that very moment without waiting for me to respond. This took me by surprise. Knowing my sister, I knew that something serious had to be happening for her to respond that way. Trying to not think too much about it, I quickly prayed and placed the situation in the hands of God.
She called me a few hours later to explain what had happened. They had been at the park with her children and another family from church. The children were playing with branches, hitting the trees, when one of her kids let go of the branch. In an almost impossible shot, the branch hit their little friend from church, leaving her instantly unconscious. The parents panicked and called an ambulance, fearing the worst. To summarize the story, the girl was fine and had no...
At the beginning of every year, we usually write down our dreams and the promises God has given us. This year, I felt God gave me a Word (or promise) for my three children.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his face upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:22-27
When God gave me this promise, I determined to make it my own. I put into practice a few simple things I want to share with you today, so you can also claim what He has told you for yourself and family!
1.Pray for my kids every day based on the Word.
I started to do this at night as we got ready for bed. I pray it out loud as I put my hand on their heads and bless them every night,
2.Make the promise something visual.
I have a very cute chalkboard in our bedroom where I write out our promises. It helps me remember it before going to sleep, and when I wake up,...