A RESOLUTION TO BE BETTER PARENTS:
10 TIPS FOR 2012
From the Best-Sellers The Resolution for Men by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
and The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer
NEWS SOURCE: Lovell/Fairchild Comm.
NASHVILLE – Jan. 5, 2012 – The Resolution for Men and The Resolution for Women—two best-selling books from B&H Publishing Group inspired by the hit film COURAGEOUS—offer every mom and dad hope for the year ahead with insight on being the parents they want to be and encouragement to claim God’s best for their families.
In The Resolution for Men, pastors, filmmakers and fathers Alex and Stephen Kendrick outline biblical principles for being the godly fathers many men long to be and their families need them to be. A selection of insights from the Kendrick Brothers makes a tidy list of New Year’s Resolutions for godly fathering.
1. Be A Chain Breaker
Chain breakers are the forks in their family tree. They recognize that despite any wrongs and pains suffered, they have been intentionally placed in a position for God to use every experience for a greater good. Viewed from God’s providential vantage point, no negative aspects of the family tree can cripple. They are free to ask God to break away from anything that holds them back from leaving a new legacy of faithfulness.
2. Live Responsibly
Resolve to seriously and deliberately embrace your masculinity, put away childishness, embrace your own responsibilities and be faithful to everything that is under your care. Lead your family with courage, and live every day bearing God’s image and bringing Him honor. This is our call as men.
3. Lead Your Family
Resolve to be the shepherd and main role model of your family. Loving, protecting, serving, integrated with regular times of spiritual grounding—that’s how men become the leaders in their homes, the champions of their wives, the heroes of their children and the fruitful sons of their heavenly Father. No man is perfect, but every man can be courageous. Every man can lead his home with God’s Word, God’s presence and God’s help.
4. Love Your Wife
Resolve to be a faithful husband, an honoring husband, a loving husband, one who lays down his life for the one he declared “holy” to himself at the wedding altar. Be the Christ-like leader of your marriage. Give this relationship to the Lord, resolve to be faithful with it, and watch Him transform it into a wonderful adventure of lifelong love!
5. Bless Your Children
Step up to the plate with a new vision for success. God has given fathers a powerful and amazing calling to bless their children and grandchildren and to teach them to love Him with all their hearts and lives. But they will not be drawn to believe what we say if we don’t speak it from within the context of a loving relationship with them. Our love touches them deeply and opens their hearts to hear truth and follow their heavenly Father faithfully.
The Resolution for Women by internationally known author, teacher and speaker Priscilla Shirer helps women start the New Year right by identifying life’s essentials, embracing challenges and looking for God’s purpose in each one. Resolutions for women to be the wives and mothers (or future wives and mothers) God desires them to be include:
1. Align Your Priorities With God’s
Resolve to seek to devote the best of yourself, your time and your talents to the primary roles the Lord has entrusted to you in this phase of your life.
2. Value Yourself; Celebrate Others
Be a woman who is quick to listen and slow to speak. Resolve to care about the concerns of others and esteem them more highly than yourself. Only do so after making the practical and necessary personal adjustments so this resolution doesn’t just “sit on the shelf” of your life and not become a reality.
3. Let Go of Anger
Resolve to forgive those who have wronged you and reconcile with those wronged. Ask the Lord to empower you to forgive them and for insight into what you need forgiveness for. Remember this is only the beginning of a journey that may take time and counsel to complete. Be willing to seek the necessary help to fully experience the benefits that forgiveness is designed to give.
4. Live in Contentment
Resolve to embrace your current season of life and maximize your time in it. Resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of your journey but instead live with a spirit of contentment.
5. Leave a Legacy
Resolve to make today’s decisions with tomorrow’s impact in mind and to consider current choices in light of those who will come after you.
Both The Resolution for Men and The Resolution for Women offer extensive additional biblical, practical and encouraging insight into the skills and commitments required for godly parenting today.