Over at the Purely Presbyterian web site they offer some helpful and practical advice on Sabbath keeping for parents with younger children. In our home, we came to practise all of these as we searched for ways to keep the Christian Sabbath with our children and to make our experience of the Lord’s Day special for them when they were younger. It’s encouraging to see that others have developed similar practices for the same reasons, and have summarised them here so helpfully!
Parents with young children who have recently become convicted about honoring the Christian Sabbath often find it extremely difficult to practically implement in their households. And to our shame, there is a dearth of mentors and church officers in their churches who can counsel them on how to practically honor the Lord’s Day. We don’t want to be legalistic tyrants in the household, yet we want to honor God joyfully with our families. We often think about what not to do, don’t work, don’t purchase things, etc., and those are important, but we rarely think about what positive activities we should do on the Lord’s Day. The following are some practical things Sabbatarian parents can implement to teach their children to joyfully honor God on the Lord’s Day, followed by a list of Sabbath appropriate resources.
Parents, especially fathers, should lead their families in spiritual recreations and worship on the Lord’s Day and seek to make the Sabbath a delight to everyone in the household. We should not divorce the concept of rest from the purpose of resting in Christ. Basically, you have one day a week to prepare yourself to face the trials of the week ahead through closer communion with Christ. Will you spend the hours of this day filling your mind and heart with the things of heaven? The key is spiritual recreation and worship. We participate in that which promotes thinking of, speaking about, and communing with, God. Many Christians continually pursue mountain-top experiences at camps, conferences, and revival meetings, yet our God intends to set us atop Mount Zion at the beginning of every week to behold the wonders of Christ and spend the following days living out of this close approach to our King.
The author goes on to give five very practical pieces of advice as well as many helpful resources for carrying out that advice. Read the brief article here.
Reverend Batzig provides practical and biblical advice for parents when their children stray from the faith.
Of all the painful experiences that I have had to face through nearly a decade in ministry—the death of a mother, couples enduring the heartbreak of miscarriage, strife, abuse, divorce, scandal, etc.—having to walk with a godly father and mother through the dark shadows of having a child rebel is among the most difficult. There are many difficult and painful experiences that ministers face, but the spiritual rebellion of a child of a believer weighs heavily on the heart of any true minister of the Gospel. Perhaps it weighs heavy on my heart because I was one such rebellious child brought up in a Christian home. Though I was nurtured in an extremely spiritually and theologically strong Christians home, I ran from it–and to the spiritual darkness and sin of this world–as far and as fast as I could.
Drawing from the example of his own parents when he strayed from the faith as a young man, Reverend Batzig describes practical spiritual care focussing on the power of prayer and God’s Word in the mystery of God’s Providence. I encourage you to read this helpful article at the Feeding on Christ blog.
For his birthday cake, Philip asked for “something we haven’t had before.” Faith and Elizabeth decided on this Chocolate Hazelnut Tree Stump cake from Celebrate with Chocolate: Totally Over-the-Top Recipes by Marcel Desaulniers. Elizabeth made it and it turned out really well! It was delicious, too! More photos here.
Elizabeth requested a “high tea” for her birthday celebration. The beverage was Jasmine Tea and was served in her birthday teapot :-). More photos here.
The kiddos put on a lovely fare for Faith’s birthday breakfast: Spinach quiche, chocolate drizzled orange wedges, dark chocolate dipped strawberries, hand-squeezed orange-strawberry juice. More photos here.
Jonathan finally reached 6 feet tall in November, so we celebrated! More photos here.
“Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13.8a) — Such selfless love does not end; it is not a temporary grace, but an everlasting one. Let us pursue the increase of such grace throughout this life as we prepare to experience that grace more fully in the next.
Westminster Shorter Catechism #22
Q: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
A: Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body, and a reasonable soul,1 being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her;2 yet without sin.3
Though truly God, the Son became truly man by taking to Himself a true human nature in its material and immaterial parts (a real physical body and a rational soul) such as we have, but without sin. In His human nature, Christ was miraculously formed by the Holy Spirit within the Virgin Mary and He was born of her just as we were born. This is part of how our glorious Redeemer humbled Himself for us, to be our perfect Prophet, Priest, and King.
Our family enjoyed celebrating Sarah’s birthday and Maggie’s birthday this past week! We usually enjoy a special breakfast and a favourite dinner meal as part of our celebration.
Sarah requested a buffet breakfast, so the family enjoyed homemade cinnamon rolls and muffins, hard boiled eggs, toasted English muffins and bagels, and hand dipped fresh strawberries. For supper, Sarah requested a turkey dinner, so we enjoyed roasted turkey with stuffing and homemade turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, homemade rolls, and sweet potato casserole. We couldn’t find the sweet peas, so we were missing that! Iain made homemade lemonade to enjoy with the meal. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a pleasant Pinot Noir, as well.
Maggie requested a biscuit breakfast, so we enjoyed homemade buttermilk biscuits with scrambled eggs and bacon, and homemade strawberry and raspberry preserves. For supper, Maggie requested a Filipino meal we call mikki which is a savoury chicken stir fry with carrots, cabbage, scallions, garlic, and pancit canton or “Chinese noodles,” served with white rice. Very delicious.
I’ve posted some clearer photos of Elizabeth’s edible artistry.
Elizabeth made an amazing ‘World Cup’ cake for a rehearsal dinner where the groom (my wife’s nephew) happens to be an avid soccer fan.