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Hi! My name is Holly. I blog at Little Bit of Life.
I wanted to share a little bit about my family and why I think it is important for my kids to follow Christ. I shared a "What I Wish" post with Crystal a while back so if you remember it then you might remember that 1 of my 4 kids is my 12 year old sister. My family also includes my awesome husband of 14 years, our 14 year old daughter, 11 year old daughter, 6 year old son, and our 2 new kittens! It sounds overwhelming, right?
1 Corinthians 11:1 says "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."
I love that verse. If you ask any one of my kids what is number one in my life they will tell you that God is. While I am completely and totally in love with the Lord, I understand that I can't force my children to be. I can only lead them by example and pray that they will put Him first in their lives. We have established a pretty open line of communication in our home and our children know that they can talk to us about anything. They face unbelievable pressure and temptation on a regular basis in their lives far from what I remember at such a young age. I grew up going to church, however behind closed doors my childhood was troubled and very painful. It wasn't until I was older that I truly understood the love of Christ in my own life and I am still building on that relationship everyday.
I know this sounds a bit crazy, but I don't want to be the most influential force in my children's life. God should be. I want them to understand His word. I want them to know that life won't always turn out the way they think it should. I want them to know that when it doesn't, He will be right there holding them through it all. I want my children to be confident in their faith so that they may lead others to Him. I want them to make a difference.
My job is merely to be an example.
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