“For the first eight or ten years of a child’s life the field or garden is the best schoolroom, the mother the best teacher, nature the best lesson book. Even when the child is old enough to attend school, his health should be regarded as of greater importance than a knowledge of books. He should be surrounded with the conditions most favorable to both physical and mental growth.” – Education p. 208, Ellen White
A powerful quote isn’t it? Imagine a radically different educational system. A system that does not confine children in poorly ventilated classrooms for 4 to 8 hours a day. A system void of skeptical false science. A system that focuses on the greatest Teacher of all time, Jesus Christ. A system that prepares your children for heaven. In the beginning, God designed an educational system for His children, Adam and Eve. He placed them in a beautiful garden, surrounded by the book of nature. Their physical education was not found in useless and selfish amusements, but in practical and productive gardening. “The system of education instituted at the beginning of the world was to be a model for man throughout all aftertime. As an illustration of its principles a model school was established in Eden, the home of our first parents. The Garden of Eden was the schoolroom, nature was the lesson book, the Creator Himself was the instructor, and the parents of the human family were the students.” (Education p. 20)
What environment are you placing your children in? Does the educational environment of your children copy the pattern of Egypt or Israel? How can we truly “Train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart?” Fortunately, the Lord has not left His people without resources. Below are four helpful resources for Christian parents.
Amazing Adventures – An evangelistic series designed for 4-12 year olds.
Amazing Adventures – “A Journey For Life With Jesus” is a great video resource to share with your children. My daughter who just turned four loved watching the series. The presenter does a great job of mixing scripture with attention grabbing illustrations designed for children in order to both keep the young children’ s attention and also reinforce Biblical points at the same time. You can download the entire series for free here…
Christian Parenting Books That Work
There are countless parenting book in the world today. Yet, if there could be only two books besides the Bible that I could recommend to parents, it would be the books Education and Child Guidance by Ellen White. You can read the entire book Education here for free. These Biblical based books will open your eyes and show you countless insights into true Christian parenting. Don’t take my word for it, read just a few chapters yourself and you will be hooked. Some may never have heard of the author Ellen White for she lived about a hundred years ago, but she is the most published female Christian author of all time and her books have changed the lives of countless individuals.
Young Child Ministries
The mission of Young Child Ministries is to help parents understand the book Child Guidance by Mrs. White. This site is developed to help parents prepare their children for Heaven and keeping their home free of worldly entertainment is part of their mission. The author of this site has an undergraduate degree in early childhood development, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in special education, an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Educational Administration and Leadership.
You can visit Young Child Ministries at their website – http://www.youngchildministries.com/
A Live Children’s Evangelistic Series coming this March
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Millions of souls have been saved by the hearing of the word of God. If your faith has increased by hearing powerful preaching, why not do the same for your children? Beginning Monday, March 26th, 2012 a live evangelistic series for children is being conducted by Feeding His Lambs Ministries. Feeding His Lambs has a wonderful ministry, they have spent years in God’s vineyard sharing the love of Jesus with countless children. You can watch their video archives of children’s sermons here. For the first time ever, Feeding His Lambs ministries will be broadcasting a live video evangelistic series for children. To learn more about this upcoming series, click the image below for more details. May the Lord give you strength, courage and wisdom as you train your children for heaven.