Thursday, April 10, 2014

Focus on Discipleship and a $200+ Giveaway (5 Days of a Christ-Centered Home

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Discipling Our Children
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” ~ Matthew 22:36-40
There are probably different definitions of discipleship and what it means to disciple your children. The way I think of it, it is the daily teaching and demonstrating to your kids how to love God and love others. It is helping them learn to walk in the way of Jesus and keep His commands. 

This is the primary responsibility of parents who love the Lord. If you love your chidden and want what's best for them, discipling them will be important to your parenting vision as well as the ins and outs of daily life. 

What Does Discipleship Look Like?
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

This is another area of "Christ-centered homes" I must say I'm no expert in. My kids are all young and I know I have a long way to go. However, there are some things I'm learning and some awesome resources we have found in our journey thus far. 
  • Humility - Face it, you are a disciple of Christ and therefore still learning and growing. You don't have all the answers. Humility in your parenting and teaching is critical to success. God is using you as a tool to raise up the kids He has entrusted you with. Let's not lord that over them! 
  • Priority - As I said before, this is a top priority for you as a parent. That means that it necessitates intentional planning, prayer, study, and wise counsel. It also takes daily priority. Academics and the state of the house pale in comparison to the chance to teach your child to be kind when the moment arises. 
  • Form Heart Strings - Play with your children. Become students of them, knowing their dreams and preferences. Delight in them and do those special one on one times with them that form lasting bonds. I realize more and more how important this is. I want my kids to know that I love them, enjoy them, appreciate them, and that I am FOR them. 
  • Diligent Teaching - It's important that daily life includes activities such as family Bible study, scripture memory, worship, and other things that teach about who God is and how to live for Him. We do this using our Sound Words curriculum and various Bible studies and devotions throughout the week. 
  • Seize Heart Opportunities - Every day, you will have at least several opportunities to slow down with your child and take a look at the heart behind his behavior and attitudes, whether good or bad. This takes time, but it is the daily grind of discipleship. We point them to what God's Word says about it and how to follow His ways. 
    Resources and Links
    Here are some of the best resources for teaching and discipling your kids. 
    • Doorposts - Pretty much anything by them, but especially For Instruction in Righteousness and their parenting charts (in the giveaway!)
    • The Child Training Bible - we use this and the Virtue Training Bible nearly every day! It's a system for marking character issues in the Bible for quick reference. (in the giveaway!)
    • Bible Road Trip - A wonderful 3-year program for teaching kids of all ages the Bible in-depth. We hope to use this in the coming year! (in the giveaway!)
    • Character Concepts - they have several books, but our favorites are the Character Trails and Crossroads of Character. The kids ask to read them all the time!


    Enter the Giveaway!





    Enter to win a great bundle of prizes!

    *** don't forget to check in on Facebook at Proverbial Homemaker this week for flash giveaways! ***
    • The ABCs for Godly Children - From Lindsey Stomberg of TheRoadto31.com. Includes basic doctrine and theology, character and virtue studies, copywork, flash cards, games and more!
    Available in the US and Canada. Giveaway open through 4/17 and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. 

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    More "5 Days of" from the Schoolhouse Review Crew

    Several bloggers from the Schoolhouse Review Crew are doing a 5-day series this week as well! Check out a handful of great reads below or click the image to browse all of the crew series. 

    Nicole @ Journey to Excellence ~ Missouri
    Dusty @ To the Moon and Back ~ Babywearing
    Kristi @ The Potter's Hand Academy ~ Spring Studies
    Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs ~ Essential Oils
    Annette @ A Net in Time ~ Science
    Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Frugal Fitness
    Meg @ Adventures with Jude ~ Homeschooling from the Kitchen
    Lori @ At Home: where life happens ~ Favorite Books



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    85 comments:

    1. I would like to win any of the resources, but the Child Training Bible is really interesting to me. thx

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    2. I would LOVE to win the Raising Real Men book. I think that would really help us in raising our son.

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    3. Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum

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    4. I would really love the Raising Real Men book!! I have the For Instruction In Righteousness and love it. (adenaf.com)

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    5. All of these resources are great!! Many I have been wanting to purchase for a while! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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    6. All of these resources are outstanding! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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    7. All of these resources are outstanding! Thanks so much for the opportunity! :)

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    8. I would love to win the Child Training Bible! Been wanting that for a while.

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    9. I would love to win the Child Training Bible! Been wanting that for a while.

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    10. Thanks for doing this giveaway! These resources look great.

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    11. The resources look great! - The Child training Bible sounds like a very useful resource.

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    12. The resources look great! I would love to have the Child Training Bible - it looks super useful.

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    13. All these are wonderful tools. I would be awesome to have them all in my tool bag. We do use a lot of resources from Doorpost. They have helped out family in more ways than I can count.

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    14. I would appreciate winning anything from this giveaway, but especially a copy of Raising Real Men. I've wanted that book for a long time! :)

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    15. I would love to win the Raising Real Men Boot Camp. I've just been researching signing us up & it would be lovely to win a free one!

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    16. I would love to win a copy of Raising Real Men!

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    17. The bible road trip seems interesting...our family does a lot of driving so anything with road trip attached usually fits us. The Raising real men would be helpful too since I have 3 boys!

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    18. I would love to win any of these resources!

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    19. I just saw the bible road trip curriculum. I am very intrigued by it and would love to have it.

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    20. I am very intrigued by the bible road trip curriculum...I just saw this the other day for the first time.

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    21. My favorite child training resource is:
      Veteran Christian parents
      as Mentors to glean from!
      Blessings on this Adventurous Journey! ;)

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    22. My favorite child training resource is:
      Veteran Christian parents
      as Mentors to glean from!
      Blessings on this Adventurous Journey! ;)

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    23. I have had my eye on several of the above resources! Raising little ones to love God is hard, but so worth it!!

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    24. Raising Real Men and participating in one of their on-line bootcamps are high on my list! But I'm also curious about the Bible Road Trip curriculum ~ we're looking for something new, so now I've got another resource to check out ~ thanks!

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    25. I would LOVE to win the Raising Real Men book

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    26. I would LOVE to win the Raising Real Men book

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    27. Consistency is something I'm constantly struggling with especially at the end of a long day. I look forward to using these resources to help.

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    28. I struggle with consistency. I look forward to these resources helping me.

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    29. Would love to win this! Missed seeing you in Spokane, WA

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    30. I would to win any of all the resources!!! I have 4 boys ages 8 and under and need all the help I can get!

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    31. I would love to win the Bible Road Trip book (or any of them!). Currently we use a Lifeway year-long study manual along with our bibles.

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    32. One of the Raising Real Men bootcamp registration.

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    33. I am working through "Shepherding a Child's Heart." LOVE it!

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    34. These would be amazing for my children. We do use We Choose Virtues. Thank you for the chance! Blessings.

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    35. We LOVE the Child Training/Virtue Bible!

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    36. Thank you for the opportunity. I'd like to try the Bible Road Trip. Shepherding a Child's Heart is a good book, too. :)

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    37. Any would be great but I'm interested in the Doorposts. We have the child training bible and really like it.

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    38. They all look so GOOD! I would love to have the Raising Real Men Bootcamp!

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    39. All of these look GREAT! I would really like Raising Real Men Boot Camp!

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    40. I am most excited for the Raising Real Men Online Bootcamp!

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    41. Wow! So excited! So many wonderful resources. Thank you for the opportunity to participate! Our family would be very blessed. :-)

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    42. I would absolutely LOVE to win the ABC's for Godly Children; it looks like an amazing resource!

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    43. I would love win the ABCs for Godly Children; it looks like an amazing resource!!

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    44. All are great but I really like the Child Training Bible

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    45. id love the child training bible!

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    46. I am not sure what my favourite resource is, I think the bible road trip intrigues me most from the prizes.

      Annettte @ A Net in time.

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    47. We have the Child Training Bible and love it! I would love to win this other set for my sister.

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    48. We had a Child Training Bible, then our last move went badly and we lost a large amount of stuff, that included. I'd love to replace it. We've also just recently started the Bible Road Trip. It would be so handy to have everything in one file instead of all the smaller free files.

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    49. We had a Child Training Bible. Our last move went badly and we lost a large amount of stuff, that included. I'd love to replace it. Also, we've recently started using the Bible Road Trip. It would be so nice to have the big file, rather than all the smaller free files.

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    50. The Child Training Bible and ABC's for Godly Children are items that I definitely would like to incorporate in our home. This is a great bundle and will truly be a blessing to a family. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    51. We have used Character Concepts books such as Crossroads of Character and Character trails many times with our children and they really enjoy them and by reading these together and talking about them helps us practice Godly character in all situations. We would look forward to any of the other supplemental books/resources as we continue to let God lead us in training our children.

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    52. Th Child Training Bible...all of it looks great

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    53. Character Concepts... all of it looks great

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    54. Would love any of these resources, and all :) Was just looking into the Child Training Bible this past weekend!

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    55. My current favorite parenting and discipling resources are all materials by Clay and Sally Clarkson.

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    56. I love Shepherding a Child's Heart and Chip Ingrams Effective Parenting in a Defective World.

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    57. Chip Ingrams Effective Parenting in a Defective World, Shepherding a Child;s Heat by Tedd Tripp, and the anything from the Clarksons.

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    58. Tedd Trips Shepherding a Child's Heart

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    59. The Bible Road Trip would be awesome! :-)

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    60. I would love to win the Character with the Cousins combo!

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    61. I would LOVE to win the Character with the Cousins combo!

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    62. ABCs for Godly Chldren is tops on my list

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    63. ABCs of Godly Children is tops on my list.

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    64. A lot of these resources are on my mental list. I even have two of them! Would love to do a boot camp!

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    65. These resources look so good, but I'd most like or perhaps need the boot camp one.

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    66. I tried to leave a comment but I think it was eaten. These look good, but I most would like or perhaps need the boot camp one.

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    67. I just came across the company Doorposts the last few days and I feel led to teach it to our kids. Would be a huge blessing to win it, but if we dont God will provide some way. Thank you

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    68. My favorite child training resource is prayer! God gives me so much wisdom through prayer while in the thick of it! Also a ton of great books! This giveaway looks incredible!

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    69. I would be most interested in the Doorposts program and the Bible Road Trip. Both would fit a need we have currently. - Lori H

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    70. Definitely the Child Training Bible

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