Free Friday: Experiencing God at Home

We’re so excited to introduce you today to our friend Kelly Stamps of Kelly’s Korner! Read on to find out what matters the most to her. And – don’t worry! We didn’t forget about Free Friday!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Prov 22:6

I am NOOOOOOOOOOO parent expert. I won’t be writing any books on parenting any time in the next 30 years. Or ever.  My children don’t sleep through the night even at 2 and 4. They don’t eat many vegetables.  They probably watch too much TV. And they aren’t reading chapter books by age 4.  They can’t recite all the states or presidents.

But they are sweet.

And happy.

And they have good manners.

And they love Jesus.

And honestly – those are the things that matter to me.

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The most important thing to me for my girls is that they grow to have a relationship with Jesus. I’ve had people ask me on my blog “But what if they don’t?”

My answer, obviously, is that I will love them no matter what, but we learn from a very early age about Jesus. They will be in church every time the doors are open. Church is NOT an option in our family.

They will learn to love God’s Word and understand that they can talk to Him about anything. They will hopefully see it in action in their parents and grandparents. They will sing songs about Jesus. They will learn about serving others and giving more than they receive. They will learn how much Jesus loves them.

And I pray over them night and day that they will have a passion that burns in them to know God and to make Him known.

And if, after all that, they choose not to follow Him, I will just continue to pray that they will know the greatest love, hope, and joy ever is to know a God who loves them 10,000,000 times more than I ever could.

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Both of my girls love to pray.  I love when Harper will remind us if we don’t pray.  Just recently, we were coming home from Bible study and the girls were fighting in the back. Suddenly Harper said,  “Hollis, we need to be sweet to each other.  Let’s stop right now and pray.” And she started praying for them.  I don’t think my heart could have been any happier.

I try to take any chance I can get to talk to Harper about God (because she is older and understands more now). We pray when she is scared or when she is mad about something.

One thing I need to work on more is to start teaching Harper more Bible verses.  I haven’t done that a lot yet, but she is getting to an age where she can do it.

My pastor always tells us that the greatest mission field we have as parents is in our own homes.  The biggest ministry I will ever have is to raise my own children to be passionate for Jesus.  I would love to read Experiencing God at Home: A Bible Study for Parents because this is the greatest desire of my heart.  Knowing God and loving His word begins in the home.  And they will never learn about God more than by watching their parents living out their faith at home.  That’s a BIG responsibility and a HUGE challenge but one I’m excited to pursue!

I have no greater joy than to know my children are walking in the truth.  3 John 1:4

Kelly Stamps is the mom to two hilarious little girls and wife to a hunting- and football-loving handsome computer nerd. She is passionate about her Savior, SEC football, her State of Arkansas and Sonic Vanilla Diet Cokes. In that order. She blogs about her family and her faith, both which mean the world to her, at kellyskornerblog.com.

Now for you, FREE Friday-ers. We’re giving away five copies of the new Tom and Richard Blackaby Bible study, Experiencing God at Home: A Bible Study for Parents. Many of you were impacted by Experiencing God throughout the years, and now you can bring it home to your family.

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By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (5/28/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

Comments

  1. Elizabeth Rasper says

    I am always looking for a real life experience to show how active God is and how this impacts every aspect of our lives. Recently we were put an offer on a home that we felt was our perfect home. We prayed as a family about this house and asked God to be involved in every detail. We prayed that if this was not the house for us that He would close the door. Well He closed the door and though we were disappointed we knew god is moving us to something better. This gave my husband and to truly act out our faith and show the kids it is okay to be “bummed out” but that God’s plans are always so much better then ours. They were watching for reactions and when they saw us at peace about the whole thing they realized all would be okay and that God is still working and always present in our lives.

  2. says

    As kids get older you realize more and more the challenge of parenting. Watching your children learn how to gain and build their own relationship with God is scary and wonderful at the same time.

  3. Melissa Stone says

    Our children are young and have lots of questions about God. My youngest child attended a church preschool and learned so much . They attend Sunday school and children’s church and I try my best to answer their questions. This home bible study would be a great resource for my children to learn more at home home.

  4. Sarah says

    I would love to read this book–with five kids 12-baby we need lots of God-experiences in our day to day life!

  5. Lesley Geer says

    We read a nightly devotion with our son from the Veggietales bible storybook. We have noticed if he picks out the story,he pays attention more and understands it better.

  6. Kelli says

    Would love to win this book! I have a 21 mo old daughter, and love to read books that encourage me in my Christian parenting walk.

  7. Amanda says

    Kelly, I love this & I love reading your blog. You truly are an inspiration to me. Thanks for standing firm on your faith & your beliefs.

  8. Nichole says

    I think Christian kids music is a great way to get kids to know more about Jesus. When
    i catch my 2 year old son singing “Jesus loves Me” it makes me think we might be doing something right!

  9. says

    I don’t know how creative it is…but I think just always talking about God in daily life and being willing to admit mistakes, ask for forgiveness and talk about God’s grace is good for children to hear!!

  10. says

    My son is 8 months old and I want him to love Jesus more than anything! I would love to win this book so that I can start planning ahead!

  11. says

    Experiencing God radically changed my relationships in my life – from my primary with Jesus to my husband, children, family and friends. Now, to be able to continue that legacy of life change with my grandchildren would be priceless! Add that I work with hundreds of women across this nation as a catalyst for change in their lives and the lives of those they love and lead, the ripple effect would be unending for God’s glory!! Trust this is just the start of something NEW!

  12. Melody Terry says

    great post. It is never too early to start talking and teaching about God with your children or grandchildren. Look for simple object lessons in everything and ways to remind them that God is always with us. Post Deuteronomy 11:19 everywhere to remind you to always look for those teachable moments. “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

  13. Kim R says

    What a great tool to add to our studies, “Experiencing God at Home: A Bible Study for Parents”. I also would love to share with the mom’s in our Mom’s Group.

  14. Rowena Brown says

    Love the book and our children are really starting to learn more each day about God. Would love to use the techniques to apply biblical principles and knowing God to teach them this now so that they will use it all their lives. Thanks!

  15. Dianna says

    Exactly what we need to be showing our Children, and other families…. and Mommies….. how God IS IN our Everyday lives….. every simple “Detail”, he has planned “specifically” to show us, How MUCH he loves us, Dearly~

  16. Tina Marie says

    Well, I’m not if it’s creative, but one thing I’ve tried to instill in my daughter is helping others we see who are in need. such as stopping to drop off a sandwich to a homeless person we see sleeping in a ditch, or on a bench. If there is someone in line in front of us art Wal-Mart or even out… in the parking lot, who is elderly or handicapped, we help carry or load our unload groceries. one time we we driving by the library and my daughter spotted an elderly gentle man and she yells “STOP Momma!”, So I stopped. She jumps out of the truck and runs to carry his books. He was overloaded with books. Afterwards, he comes to my window and says” You’re daughter just blessed me and my day!” And she understands thats why we help, to shine the light off Christ and help others, to bless them. We are always on the lookout for someone who needs a little help!! :)

  17. Lisa Beech says

    Whenever my sons get negative with each other relationally I remind them of this truth: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.~ Phil 4:8, and encourage them to tell me what is good about the person they are in conflict with. It really helps.

  18. CherylAnn says

    I do not have children but I often tell teens to write Scripture verses on index cards, fun colored sticky notes or whatever to memorize them. I do this myself! Reading about these little girls I had visions of fun colored flowers made out of cute scrapbook paper with verses on them decorating their room or throughout the whole house!

  19. Tracey Hooks says

    I am the grandmother of two beautiful little girls. I believe having entire family praying together and everyone speaking, teaching, and living by example is crucial in their spiritual life! Being accountable for their learning of Jesus Christ and his purpose goes far beyond just Mom & Dad. It’s a family commitment from every branch of our family tree We’re proud to announce our 7 year old is being baptized next Sunday and I know that she’s ready! We know she has Jesus in her heart.

  20. says

    My son is 23 now, but after completing Beth Moore’s “Believing God” when he was in middle school, I taught him about GODSTOPs (Savoring The Observable Presence). We made it a game to share our GODSTOPs at the end of each day, and it was amazing how many we saw when we looked for them!

  21. Megan P. says

    We try to touch on 1 highlight from each kid every night at dinner. Sometimes it turns into our top 3 and our bottom 3 but it gives us a chance to talk about our day and bring it back around to having God help us or praising Him for what he already helped with.

  22. Vicky Kawamae says

    Hi!
    Through the years, we have sponsored children through the Compassion International program. I believe it important to teach my family practically ways to show God’s love in our world.

  23. Jennifer says

    We pray with our children at every meal, and most of the time it seems like a futile attempt, they rarely sit still or quiet…but the other day, I set the kids at the table for lunch, and caught my four year old and two year old grabbing each others’ hands and bowing their heads. THAT is what it’s about!

  24. Tina Harlow says

    I have a son who will start middle school next year. I have been looking for a good study to do with family at home.

  25. Alicia says

    I try to point out God’s beauty in creation as we see it. We have “sunset alert” texts. N my family and it is a great way to stop and enjoy the majesty!

  26. Debbie Harrison says

    My children are grown and now have children of their own. But when they were small seed planting and growing was always a great way to have some God discussions. Also rainbows, storms, sun, moon, stars etc…

  27. Constance says

    I have felt the Lord lately telling me to do more about teaching my four children about Him but find it hard since I get no support from my husband. I pray with each of them at night but can’t always explain everyday things from a christian viewpoint if hubby is present. But so far they love Jesus – I just need to figure out how to teach the older ones to have their own personal relationship with Him.

  28. Stacee says

    I look for the “God” moment in each lesson learned. Natural consequences, imposed consequences, the victories… God always has a message either for me or my kids.

  29. Rebecca Scott says

    My girls are still little (3 year old and 2 year old twins) so we try to read a simple Bible story every night and then teach them songs (Jesus Loves Me, BIBLE, etc;). I am following this though for more ideas from parents with older kids : )

  30. Janice Erkfitz says

    My children are now grown, but I am blessed to be a preschool teacher in a secular daycare. The world says we are not to be talking about God in such situations. I beg to differ. It just makes sense. The Bible says to talk as we walk along the path with our children. … and that is exactly what I do. In a given day, what opportunities to talk of God. Just as we go about our business. Creation just lends itself to discussions in the preschool world.

  31. Tara says

    I just saw this book advertised in the LifeWay mailing the other day and was very interested in doing this with my family. I would be so excited to win and be able to share such a great thing with them! Thanks!!!

  32. Nicole W. says

    When we are outside or driving in the car, it provides wonderful opportunities to talk about God with my teenage sons and 7 year old daughter. The kids marvel over our Creator when they really focus on His creation. It is then a wonderful time to remind them that they are made in God’s image and that He created them to be unique individuals–they don’t need to conform to the world around them. Usually the car gets silent for awhile, but they all have smiles on their faces as they marvel at God and who He is!

  33. Tari says

    I don’t have children of my own just yet, but I like to take my youth girls with me as I do life applying God’s word as it suits the occasion :)

  34. Tiffany Merrel says

    My family has been going through a difficult time… My two year old daughter has been diagnosed with Leukemia. She is doing great, praise the Lord! However, because of chemotherapy and fever risks we havent been able to attend regular worship like we have for so many years. At first I really worried about my son who is two years older missing church for so long, but then I realized that it’s our responsibility to daily show him what it means to faithfully walk with God.

  35. Julie McDowell says

    This would be a great resource to use in my own home and to share with others at church.

  36. April R. says

    We read through my sons’ children’s Bible everyday and. It leads us into discussion about God, people who have lived in the Bible faithfully following God etc. it has been great!

  37. Anna says

    I post scripture written on notecards all through the house: on mirrors, doors, walls, and windows. The scripture often relates to whatever part of the house they are in. Beside my daughters bed are scriptures about how we need not be afraid. In the kitchen, scripture about how The Lord will provide and Thanksgiving verses.

  38. Patricia Fancher says

    I have n eleven year old grandaughter whom I have been helping my son raise. He is not a Christian, however, I have had the privilege of taking to church since she was approximately two. Her mother allowed me to dedicate her to the Lord before a church setting(she was actually present) before abandoning her. My grandaughter is now a Christian. I often point out ways that God is working in my life as well as her and her dad’s life . Ways that she can actually notice. One such incidence: Her dad is renting a house which he was trying to have winterized. One of the conditions was having the furnace checked over. It is a small house and the furnace is a wall unit set right next to her dads bedroom. As they placed a carbon monoxide meter near it, they immediately needed to turn it off because the reading went over the top. The gentleman could not believe that My son and his daughter had not even gotten sick let alone being alive. He said it was an absolute miracle. I talk about it to this day as I continuously let them know how God was looking after their welfare as He had kept them safe from physical death.
    I have done an experiencing God study quite a while ago and was soooo connected to Blackaby. I would love to get involved in another that would help me to help my grandaughter to grow.

  39. says

    I don’t know about creative, but every night before bed, we all sit on my 3 year olds bed and my husband reads us some sort of devotional or Bible story. We recently finished The Jesus Storybook Bible. We have taught her 3 verses that we recite every night, and we always pray, mainly thanking God and sometimes asking Him to help her have a better attitude if it hadn’t been that great today. We try to take every opportunity to talk about God. When we are outside playing, that is mainly what we talk about. And we love to sing songs that we learned in church!

  40. Stephanie Davis says

    I have always been a believer but never really lived a Christian life. It wasn’t until about a year ago that my family and I began going to church. My daughter (8) wasn’t aware that our lifestyle was about to do a complete 180. Since the moment we walked into the church and became regular church goers, everything my daughter does. . . is for the glory of God and not herself. No matter where we are or what we are doing, she lets everyone around her know that Jesus loves her and them and that it isn’t love that needs to be earned. The joy that this child brings to my heart is almost unexplainable. I am very anxious to see the wonderful ways she lets her little brother (almost 10 months) know the good news of the word and work of our Savior.

  41. Kelly F. says

    Just being real with our kids that we mess up & need forgiveness & grace that only Jesus can give.

  42. Sandra Hingst says

    We talk about God when we are ‘out and about’…noticing His creation and how wonderfully made this world is. Nature is the perfect setting to discuss God.

  43. Tiffany says

    We do AWANA. We have moved a lot (military) and every time we search for a nearby church with an AWANA program. The scripture they memorize is so amazing! And they love working on it at home and going to club meetings! And with each move they are 1) in a stable activity and 2) meeting new friends in our new location who love Jesus too.

  44. Kimberly says

    Our children come to know the LORD first from their paternal examples. I would LOVE to do this study to be the BEST example I can for my 16 year old son. I am a single parent and it is HARD.

  45. Michelle W says

    Such a sweet way to look at raising our children. Teaching them to love Jesus and their world.

  46. Kristina D says

    The Blackaby’s books and studies are some of my favorites. What a wonderful opportunity to share His word with families! Thank you for being a blessing!

    • Kristina D says

      I forgot to add…as a family we spend time in His word. We read devotions and pray together. Now that summer vacation has started my daughters and I are going to study the book of John together. Hiding His word in our hearts is so important!

  47. tanya says

    I would love to win this!! I have a 2yr old that is starting to show lots of interest in reading the bible stories and would love some guidance.

  48. Barbara says

    Just finished “Experiencing God” in our Women’s Bible Study. Would love to win” Experiencing God at Home”.

  49. Gloria Mays says

    Taking every opportunity to teach them that God loves them just as they are. Always sharing with them how God is working in our lives. Making them aware of the little things that some people think are coincidences, but as a believer I know it is God.

  50. Amanda says

    I love your story about your little girl praying when her and her sister were fighting. So awesome! You are doing a great job, mom!

  51. Katie Patterson says

    I’m have the same outlook as Kelly but I have to remind myself daily!! The comparing is so tough and I’m always reciting to myself “seek ye first the kingdom of God”.
    3 kids 4 and under and could always use guidance on how to have my children experience God at home. Especially since I was not brought up a Christian until my teen years, I have no experience to teach from.

  52. says

    Each morning, I read a short devotional to my son and pray over him. He’s only 7 months old, but God’s Word never returns void. I look forward to spending more time in the future showing my little boy who Christ is.

  53. CJ Gilbert says

    My husband and I really enjoyed doing the Experiencing God study when we were just a couple — I’d love to see an extension to parenting now that we have two daughters! Obviously we do the best we can, but the advice of more experienced Christian parents is worth seeking!

  54. Lindsay says

    My children are 2 and under, but we are purposeful about praying often, whether at “regular” times or not, and we do a lot of singing and dancing to songs about Jesus!

  55. Richele says

    I am always looking for more resources to help me help my littles (and me!) to know and love Jesus more.

  56. Ashley says

    This sounds great. We are just getting started with our children and I would love to read this book.

  57. kristy says

    we havent started yet but i got a psalm 23 coloring book from Rod and Staff publishing that i have fond memories of a sunday school teacher having us color and memorize scripture with as a child. i want my 3 boys to learn it and have fun coloring the neat pages!

  58. Bethany says

    We do a family lesson time on Wednesday evenings. We’ve done this since my son started K and it has been a great time of growth for us all. We always learning something new.

  59. says

    While in the car, we learn and recite our bible verses. It’s a contest and my two boys (6 & 7) love to compete! It’s fun and just hearing the Word over and over changes the atmosphere in my vehicle for our commute! Win-Win!

  60. Kathy Bigler says

    When I first did Experiencing God back in the early 90’s, it changed my life!!! My husband and I have 5 kiddos now and I would love to have another chance to get back into this powerful study – especially if it involves my beautiful blessings from God!!!

  61. Barbara says

    I just finished Experiencing God in Women’s Bible Study. I would love to win Experiencing God for Parents.

  62. ashlee says

    my boys are 4 mo & 27 mo – we make sure to pray with them every night and look for opportunities to share about Jesus with them

  63. andrea t. says

    LOVE the Blackabys…
    They changed my life with Experiencing God.
    Bless you for offering this version for the home!

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