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Loss comes in many forms and for many reasons. Certainly we experience loss when a person we love dies, but loss can also occur when a friendship or romantic relationship ends, when we lose a part of our life that defined us, or when a drastic change in lifestyle (positive or negative) causes us to change our previous environment and habits.
Parents have both a great responsibility and opportunity as they build a home to create an environment that is nurturing for their children. The home is at the center of children’s lives, especially when they are young. It is the place where they learn important values and behaviors at an early age, and it is the place they return to at the end of the day. In order to foster a positive atmosphere in the home, parents need to be strategic in how they encourage communication, growth, and well-being.
Many parents ask themselves at one time or another, “How can I set a good example for my child? When is a good time to start? Does it really make a difference?” As Christian parents, we know that God has given us children to teach and direct in His way. It is a great responsibility, but where do we begin?
Every now and then I come across a quote that reignites my passion to see people come to know my God and His great love, stories of people with great passion and deep faith. God has used the stories of missionaries from around the world to remind me of His calling to share His word and His love. As you read these quotes, may your faith be renewed and your fire relit, as mine has been.