Special Alert






Each year I hear parents reporting on how they are preparing for the new school year. Filling up the calendar with important things like school of course, than the other possibilities: whether it’s sports, the arts, or any other variety of things that are offered to your children.

The temptation will be to fill up the calendar with activities for each child or else, in our culture’s mind, you will be labeled as a bad parent.

The sad truth is, I not only hear all of the activities that will be starting in the new school year, I hear these things as well:

  • “We only have a chance to connect as a family when we come to counseling for the week because we’re so BUSY
  • “I haven’t seen my kids all week to be able to talk with them about our value system because we are so BUSY
  • “We were too BUSY to do our assignment for the week”
  • “I haven’t gotten around to leading the family devotion because we were so BUSY this week”

The list could go on and on.

The belief that children will learn important life skills through having to participate on a team, dealing with conflict and how to be disciplined in a sport or the arts is very true. All of these values are present as I used to participate in team sports growing up. The art of discipline, hard work, dedication. But...when our value system is the Word of God, our culture cannot be the measuring stick that we look to in order to inform our decisions.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

In order to train a child it takes time. So I looked up the definition.


noun \'tim\ 

Simple Definition of time

: the thing that is measured as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc.

: a particular minute or hour shown by a clock

: the time in a particular area or part of the world

Hmm....you can ask yourself, how much time am I investing into my children? Or am I unloading my responsibility of training them onto the school, sports or dance?

So what does this training word mean?




Simple Definition of training

: a process by which someone is taught the skills that are needed for an art, profession, or job

: the process by which an athlete prepares for competition by exercising, practicing.

The whole point of this blog is to help you take the time to prioritize your upcoming schedule, keeping at the forefront of your mind how you use this precious gift of time and training up your children. God gave them to you as a gift to train. They are really His and He has entrusted them to you in order to raise up Godly men and women to walk out their purpose on planet earth.

Once again, the Bible says:

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, friends,

Lois Robinso