It’s one thing to be encouraged by a sermon about parenting, but it’s another thing to do it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. That’s why Jimmy Seibert ended his parenting series by inviting his wife Laura, and son Caleb to come and talk about a day in the life of a normal parent trying to raise their kids to follow Jesus.
It all starts with time with Jesus in the mornings, followed by family devotionals. Then Laura teaches how to maximize the drive to school. Jimmy tackles the challenge of helping children navigate relationships, and Caleb shares on the blessing he found growing up with parents who took a stand on media, and disciplined in love and consistency. Finally, Laura reminds us to make those final minutes count at bedtime. Sound tiring? It should; but it’s also incredibly worthwhile for any parent who is trying to tie Jesus into as much of the day as possible. And here’s the good news: You don’t have to do it alone.
If you are a parent, that means you are an imperfect person, raised by imperfect people, who is trying to raise imperfect people. It’s no surprise so many of us feel in over our heads, but there is grace to parent within the blessing of Jesus if you want it.
This is the next sermon in Jimmy Seibert’s Intentional Parenting series in which he tackles how parents can change themselves to better love and serve their kids. As a human being, you are sure to make mistakes with your children along the way. But you also have the choice to ignore those mistakes or own up to them, and owning up might not be as scary as it sounds when it allows you to experience the blessing of God in your family for multiple generations.
Maybe the best Father’s Day gift anyone could ask for is the knowledge that they are needed. In this sermon Jimmy Seibert kicks off his Intentional Parenting series by giving dads that very gift.
Our world is lacking in stable and consistent father figures. But Joshua 1 gives us a glimpse into God’s intention for men. It communicates the power of a dad’s intentionality to impart identity over their children, and your family needs you to be that man. Whether that means taking your daughters on daddy dates to make them feel like a princess, or whether it means calling up your sons that they might be clear about their destiny; your presence and consistency matters.