Ladies Retreat in Marshall, MI was outstanding, as it is every year. Please plan to attend July 13-15, 2017!
Vessels of Honor was awesome! Please plan to attend this fabulous ladies retreat October 19 – 21, 2017!
Please join us for Daughters of Zion on the first Monday of each month at 7pm. Daughters of Zion is made up of women worldwide, who meet on the first Monday of each month to pray focused prayer for the children of the local church community. Please click on the image on the left for more details about this ministry.
Three Priorities of Prayer…
By Adena Pedigo
On May 31, 2014, my youngest child graduated from high school. My husband, Tim, was honored to speak at his graduation ceremony. In one of his illustrations he stated, “A child from kindergarten through twelfth grade will spend 2,160 days, or 18,900 hours, of his life learning in school.”
That thought struck a chord within me-18,900 hours of learning language, math, science, history, literature, art, music, and so on. It made me question, “How many one-on-one hours have I spent teaching him the things of God?” I’ve taken my children to church. We’ve had family devotions, prayer times, and talks about the things of God and how to be a good Christian since they were born. But, had I even begun to devote 18,900 hours into my children? Could I have done more?
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
We live in a time when it is even more pressing to pray for, and teach, our children about the things of God. We cannot rely solely upon church leaders to teach our children about spiritual things. As parents, we must train our children. We must devote time to their spiritual growth.
The children of today want an answer to the question, “Why?”
We are admonished, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, waketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). I don’t want the devil to have my children and I am certain you don’t either. It is our duty to teach them the dangers and pitfalls of living a life without God at its center. We must be diligent in teaching, mentoring, and praying for our children.
“Train up a child” (Proverbs 22:6) is a phrase that is thrown around so casually at times, but it carries a great deal of responsibility for all parents. Parenting is a serious journey.
We will watch our children receive diplomas, walked down the aisle of matrimony, and achieve many other goals in life. Yet the greatest parental triumph we can experience is being able to say, along with the apostle John, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 4 KJV).
Note: Adena Pedigo is the Indiana Ladies Ministries President. She and her husband, Tim, are the assistant pastors of Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis, pastored by Reverend Paul D. Mooney. She is blessed with two children, Maci and Georgeon Pedigo.