I loved these simple, yet wise words from author and father Richard Phillips, posted at Ligonier Ministries, “4 Ways to Reach a Child’s Heart”:
This is my simple agenda to ensure I am actively and intimately involved in the lives of my children: Read, Pray, Work, Play. I must read God’s Word to and with my children regularly. We must bear each others’ burdens in prayer and worship the Lord together at His throne of grace. My children need my positive, encouraging involvement in their work (and they need an invitation into some of mine). And we need to bind our hearts with laughter and joy in shared play, both one-on-one and as a complete family. This all requires time, for time is the currency with which I purchase the right to say, “My son, my daughter, give me your heart.”
Go here to read the entire article and see how he articulates each of the four. It’s well worth the read!
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