I am so excited to have as my guest today my friend, Courtney DeFeo. I met my new friend this summer at She Speaks where we were both speaking. She is a popular blogger and creator of ABC Scripture Cards featured on “The View.” Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of girls – just like many of us. Two to be exact.
Courtney has just released her new book, “In This House We Will Giggle” and I am so excited to be giving away a signed copy today! Here is a few lines of the intro that drew me in, “I’m convinced we can let loose and enjoy our familyeven as we’re teaching profound principles for life…a love-and-laughter approach to spiritual growth…Let’s close up our computers and ride bikes more often. And at the same time, let’s not waste a single opportunity to teach our kids to live out the virtues that can share their hearts.”
Now, from Courtney:
Have you ever listened to baptism stories and tried to gather a theme? It isn’t always the case – but a majority of them sound like this:
I grew up in a Christian home… and this happened and this happened… and then I discovered my need for Christ. I experienced Him in a real way. And today I am here today to say that Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior.”
If I am honest, this is a fear of mine. That I spend YEARS training my kids to know Jesus and they leave with a head full of knowledge – but a heart aching with a God-sized hole in their heart. A great gap.
I am on a quest to empower moms and change little lives through innovation in the home. I believe our kids are never too old and never too young to truly experience Jesus. I believe they can actually light up the world.
We need to invite them to the party.
I don’t want us to be overwhelmed by the to do’s of teaching them about God, I want us to be overwhelmed by the great privilege. We get to play a part.
Now, take a deep breath with me.
It is not all up to us, He changes the heart.
The truth is that I grew up in a Christian home. My parents loved me and showed me Jesus. I made my own choices and put my faith on pause. My parents never gave up. They prayed, they forgave and they loved me always.
God didn’t let go either. He moved fiercely in my heart when I got out of Auburn and I have never been the same.
We don’t get to choose the time frame or the game plan for their faith. Scaring our kids is not our best tactic. Equip them. Show them.
We can show them that it feels good to serve. It feels good to love others. We can create environments – where they experience Jesus. They feel it.
Well, this could look like a mission trip or serving in a soup kitchen to taking a meal to a neighbor. It could be praying as a family for something big. The options are endless. Ask Him.
The great gap (from the head to the heart) is why I wrote my book.
I want our kids to experience WHO we know more than WHAT we know.
I’m crazy about Lynn’s heart and what she is doing for teens. Magnetic is a great goal for my girls. Let the love of Jesus pour from their lives in a way that attracts others to their hearts – not their pretty faces.
Mom – You are doing great!
You haven’t lost them!
God created the earth and stars. He is all we need to raise these kids. He will use it all – the good, the bad and the ugly.
He used me.
In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life offers parents a practical approach to instilling virtues in their children through laughter, rather than lecture. Designed to cover an entire year, each of the 12 chapters highlights one key virtue in developing a child’s character, along with insights to help infuse the virtue into everyday life.
In This House, We Will Giggle teaches children to experience the goodness of God, the joy of following Jesus and the difference children can make in the lives of others.
Today, we’re giving away a signed copy of “In This House, We Will Giggle” to one blessed reader! To enter, please, in the comments below, share one idea of how we can make learning about Jesus fun in our families. And if it’s a busy day for you, just say, “I’m in”! I’ll announce the winner on Monday.