Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read.
From a friend's Facebook page:
I'm still reading A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. The chapters I read this week focused on parenting. The best thing I read last week concerning training our children in godliness was this excerpt:
Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. ~~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
Another way we train our children in God's ways is to take them -- whatever their ages -- to church for maximum, not just minimal, exposure to His people and their activities. Attend both church and church classes -- and don't miss night church, if your church has an evening service . . . Getting your children involved is vital to training them up to know and serve God.I couldn't agree more! I know it's not popular in some circles to make church attendance a priority, but my husband and I were raised to be in church every time the doors were open, and we have raised our children that way. We've seen the Lord work in our own lives, our siblings' lives, and as we've raised our children. Paired with a consistent walk with the Lord on the parents' part, church attendance and participation has proven to be the most stabilizing influence in our lives. Hebrews 10:25 - "Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day approaching."
Granted, each opportunity in itself may not seem to offer much, but added up over a lifetime this frequent and regular exposure to God's Word and His people makes a powerful statement about our priorities and whom we serve. Getting our children to church for more than just the courtesy worship service visit (although even that can be a major accomplishment) is an essential part of training them in godliness. ~~ Elizabeth George, A Woman After God's Own Heart, p. 132-133