I just completed Michelle Anthony’s “Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families” and have to say that it has to be one of the best parenting resources I have ever been exposed to. I have the highest respect for Anthony – ever since I was able to interact with her on a small level during a ministry tour at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Her conviction always seemed to be that the parent is the primary mentor in a child’s life and the church has the responsibility and opportunity to equip and empower them in that capacity. Anthony’s Tru seems to rival Think Orange as one of the best children’s curriculums I have seen – both in the way that it resources parents and fosters a small group culture.
Anthony writes, “Moses addresses this concept in Deuteronomy 6, in what is known in Hebrew as the Shema. This is the first prayer a child learns in a Jewish home and the words they hear every night at bedtime. God reveals through Moses that faith teaching occurs best in the natural daily flow of life – from the living examples of parents who are modeling it” (192).
The Bible reads, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, ESV).
The author goes on to propose, “Moses commissions the parents first to be lovers of God with everything that is within them, and then to pass this very compelling faith down to their children in the everyday occurrences of life. This is the natural flow of our lives. How ridiculous would it be if everything I said to my children, ‘Come let me tell you about God,’ and we had a formal Sunday school moment or something like it, but that was the only time I ever talked to them about God?” (192-193).
Spiritual parenting means we “put our children in the path of the Divine so that they would learn to…
* hear and know God’s voice,
* desire to obey it,
* obey it in the power of God’s Spirit (not their own strength” (194).