Shaping Your Child’s Character

UPDATE: I’m back from TEXAS!!! Wow, what an amazing time we had. I have photos and stories to share as soon as I get come braincells back. If you were there, I’m so glad you joined us. I hope I got to hug your neck or see your smiling face in the crowd!! Wasn’t it a blast? Truly, one of those times that will be forever engraved in my heart! Never in a million years did I imagine I’d have the honor to be part of something so God-sized. I wish all of you could’ve been there with us!!

If you are new to my blog, welcome! We are in the middle of some parenting posts. Today I want to share some practical ways we can learn and live God’s truths with our kids. If you’re just joining us, please read Wednesday’s and Thursday’s post to help this all make sense.

I eventually took down our poster board, which was faded and falling apart after a few years. I had started speaking and had lots of moms asking me to create a chart for the. I wanted it to be more easily accessible – something I could keep on my kitchen table or on the refrigerator, so I designed the Mining for Gold in the Heart of Your Child character chart in the size of a calendar. We had them professionally printed and are about to go into our third printing this month.

The chart includes 24 character traits. It has four columns for each train. The first column lists the traits as “Golden Attitudes and Actions” with a child-friendly definition for each trait. The second column includes a corresponding “nugget of truth” (Bible verse) for each trait. The third column is called “Bring it to the Surface” and includes three ways we can live out each trait and put it into action. The fourth column lists the “dirt” (sinful traits) that bury the gold within.

Although the concept is geared toward kids between 4-11, the principles can be adapted to live and learn with older kids, too. Having easy access to the information makes it so much more doable for me. And I have to say, God has used it to shape my character and make me more aware of how I can act and thinking like He does.

Here are a few simple steps to get you started (either with the MFG chart or with a list of traits you create yourself):

Discuss the Value of Character
Talk with your children about the importance of character. Explain to them that God is most concerned with who we are on the inside, which is reflected in our character. To get familiar with the different character traits, review one trait along with the definition and verse each day or so for the next month.

Determine to Learn and Live God’s Word
After reviewing the traits, look for ways to live out a golden attitude or action and verse each week. Each character trait includes a definition and a list of ways you can model it in everyday life. When our kids were younger, we put the verses to the tune of a favorite song or made up a jingle of our own. It really helps the kids and us memorize the verse that goes with each trait.

Dig for Pre-existing Nuggets of Gold
Give this new adventure is a positive start. Look for attributes that come naturally for your child. Here are a few examples to help you identify the gold already hidden within:

  • Is your child compassionate — caring about someone who got hurt on the playground?
  • Is your child generous — offering to give a friend one of her toys or part of her snack?
  • Is your child responsible —taking out the trash or making his bed without being asked?

Develop a Reward System
Be sure to praise your children for showing good character. Take time at dinner, in the car and at bedtime to talk about ways you and your children have lived out the traits and verses. Kids live for affirmation.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed
Teaching character doesn’t have to be another to do on your list. God wants it to be an everyday part of your life. But it will take some time and some tools to help you get started. Here’s how I have formatted each trait in the chart.

 

Use Kind Words
Speak with words that honor others.

Nugget of Truth: Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

Bring It to the Surface
Say thanks if someone does something for you or gives something to you.
Say please when asking for something.
Tell others what you like about them.

Dirt that Buries the Gold
Sarcasm: Proverbs 4:24
Rudeness: Ephesians 4:29
Bragging: James 4:16

You may want to develop your own list of traits, verses and ideas on index cards, or click on this link to find out more about theMining for Gold in the Heart of Your Child chart. It includes everything you’ll need in a simple format to make it easy and fun. And I’ll be giving two sets today, too.

I would love to hear what traits you’d like to start learning and living with your family!

Copyright 2009, Rene Swope – All rights reserved.

 

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Today’s Mom Give-Aways

We’re giving away two sets of my Mining for Gold in the Heart of Your Child CD and chart, two tickets to the D6 Conference and a year’s worth of Family Devotional Magazines from D6.

To be part of these give-aways, click on “comments” below. PLEASE include your email so we can get in touch if you win and I’d love to know where you are from.

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. I read your post yesterday and in the afternoon as my son and I struggled thru his homeschool kindergarten reading lesson, I thought of the gold in him. It is great to hear your stories and I’m looking forward to applying them.

    Glad to hear things went well last night – God answers prayer! Looking forward to hearing more,
    Blessings,
    jill

  2. Renee,
    Thanks so much for breaking it down for us! Your chart sounds great. What a wonderful thing to have posted on the wall, not only for the children but for Mom as well. I often need visual reminders throughout the day to help me as I deal with managing and teaching my children. Look forward to your example!

    nikki.shoemaker@gmail.com

  3. Hi Renee! Thank you for your posts. I stumbled across your blog today and I am so thanksful that I did. My daughter has been having a difficult year in school. She is good at so many things. She is compassionate and caring but she is focused on the schoolwork that is hard for her and is convinced that she will never understand. This has begun to hurt other subjects and is giving her a false belief of not being able to do anything. It is heartbreaking when our encouragement and belief in her do not seem to have an effect on her thoughts of failing. As I read through many of the January posts, I began to feel hopeful. As if God led me to read these messages. I now see new ways which we can help our little girl. Thank you for all that you do, Renee.
    Christine
    TandVmom@gmail.com

  4. Hi Renee. What a great idea! I am always looking for new ideas to teach God’s truth to my two little girls.

    tiedema2@msu.edu

  5. Anonymous says:

    I feel that my son is already such a caring boy! If he senses that I am upset about something, he will tell me, “it’s okay, mommy.” When I get hurt, he wants to kiss my boo boo. I really want to nurture that aspect of his character!!
    Jessica
    mariposa5280@yahoo.com

  6. Renee….I’ve already been reading posts from gals who attended the event yesterday. Sounds like all went really well. I WAS on my knees during the times you were speaking – morning I was literally on my knees praying, evening, due to an emergency trip to the hospital I was on my knees in my heart, but I was before God’s throne of grace – can’t wait to hear more!!!!! (My Aunt had a mini stroke and my parents wanted to go to the hospital to be with her and they can’t drive at night, hence my trip to Emerge!) Thanking the Lord today for all He did for you!

    As I was reading this post today…wondering…I’m finding it hard locating a devotional style book we can use during our Family Worship time at dinner. With a son who is almost 17, I realize almost any of the ‘adult’ devo’s will do, but nothing is just leaping off the shelves at me. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas? Thanks. (joybells@porchlight.ca)

    One more year of character shaping before my son goes off to school. Don’t want to waste one moment.

    Love, prayers and hugs,
    Joy

  7. Like Betsy, I am always looking for new ideas even though my children are almost all teenagers. The task has become more challenging in many different ways as each year passes, so I appreciate the new ideas that are presented here and within the blog responses. Thanks and have a great weekend!

  8. Renee- I am new to your blog, and am so encouraged by your transparency. I found your blog from the Crosswalk Proverbs 31 email. I am the SAHM of 4 great kids- the oldest turning 6 yesterday. Unfortunately, since the 4th one came along about a year ago, I have been really struggling with trying to manage anything.
    I have been feeling a call from God to get more serious about teaching character to my children- and to hide the word in their hearts so that they can do battle with the enemy effectively one day. I am so intrigued by your mining for gold chart!

    Blessings,
    rhondawest@bellsouth.net

  9. Anonymous says:

    I starting reading your devotions just this week and it really hit home for me. I am a teacher and have a little boy in my class that I am trying to help become a can-do kid. Thanks for the great ideas! Rhonda

    j_speer@comcast.net

  10. On my way out the door, but will check back later for your example! And will look into your CD and board for my children who are visual learners…

    Shannon
    smarklow@gmail.com

  11. kasshockeymom says:

    Good Morning Renee. I was just reading your blog and really think these ideas and thoughts can give our family a boost. Our oldest son struggles with trying his best at whatever he does and I believe that his confidence in himself is not all that great. If I can instill God’s purpose for his life deep in his heart, I think he will have the confidence to try hard each day. Shaping his character is the first step. Thanks for your help and ideas!

  12. I am so thankful for the traits you pointed out today. I was up until 10:30 last night talking with my 7 year old daughter about respensibility as this has been a real struggle for her. As the oldest of 4 children, I depend on her being responsible for the things she knows she has to do as well as the things I’ve asked her to. Needless to say, she has fallen very short latley and this has been the source for much strife. By 11:00ast night I was totally ready to turn in my “pink slip” as my day just ended with her finally going to sleep only to turn around and start my day at 5am with the baby like I do every morning(my husband works late at night and needs to sleep for awhile in the morning so I’m on my own) Anyhow, my daughter is compassionate and generous and I rarely focus on these as well as her other positive traits…thanks for that perspective this morning since I was just wondering if I could muster up enough strength to make it through another day. Now, I feel armed with a new perspective and a new plan…thanks so much.

    Jennifer, Grann Rapids, Mi
    jenniferroskamp@gmail.com

  13. Susan Lanthrip says:

    I love this idea! I know the most important thing I can teach my children is how to be Godly people.

    susanlanthrip@knology.net
    Montgomery, AL

  14. Thank-you for the great devotion!! I am so excited to begin this.

    heathernorris6@yahoo.com

  15. Renee,
    Your “Mining for Gold” character chart and CD sound like great alternatives to the frequent time-outs my energetic 3 year old son has had lately. (He’s fairly motivated by the “potty chart” I’ve made!) How much better it would be to give him hope and encouragement in positive qualities as well as instruction that will shape his tender character for life. Thanks for your resources!

    Metamora, IL
    MMERoth@aol.com

  16. I read your post yesterday and in the afternoon as my son and I struggled thru his homeschool kindergarten reading lesson, I thought of the gold in him. It is great to hear your stories and I’m looking forward to applying them.

    Glad to hear things went well last night – God answers prayer! Looking forward to hearing more,
    Blessings,
    jill

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, lately. I have three children 5 and under. My heart is always burdened with my want to instill God’s truths in them, but I always feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I am excited that your chart and CD exist to provide a starting point! Thank you for your time and energy and for answering His call for your life. Blessings!
    hlridge@hotmail.com

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee,
    Thank you for taking us to where the “rubber meets the road”! I need concrete examples and am excited about trying to implement your ideas.
    God bless you!
    Pam
    bprowens@bellsouth.net

  19. Pamela (His maidservant) says:

    I am going to pray these traits for my daughters each day, log them in my prayer journal, share with them what I am praying for them. You have given me a plan..a God-ordained plan and I am excited about it. As I had stated yesterday, I have been praying for those unwanted things in their life. What better way to “trump” the unwanted by praying for positive charater traits. Thanks for this insight!!

    In His Graces~Pamela
    in.his.grace@live.com

  20. Thanks so much for creating this. I am sure it would look disastrous if I drew it up. I will have to check it out when I get home this afternoon.
    I was online last night at 7:20 wishing I was listening to you all. Next time I will plan better.
    wendio@suddenlink.net

  21. Thanks for the great ideas Renee!!

    Christy

    cnjleake@yahoo.com

  22. Anonymous says:

    Renee,
    Thank you for all the great practical ways to help our children. I am in a bible study now, Sheparding a childs heart. Your ideas are fitting in nicely with my bible study.
    God Bless You and your family.
    Cheryl
    caa24@hotmail.com

  23. I so need help with this! Thanks for your blog!
    migilb1@yahoo.com

  24. I just began reading the Daily Devotionals on Proverbs 31 Ministries this year, and wow they have already helped me as a wife and mom so much! I love your post about character in kids–I want so much to help develop those traits God has already placed in my children. Thanks for giving us some practical tools to try at home!

    white.bethann@yahoo.com

  25. Renee
    I am in the midst of saying yes God I will obey, I will strive to be like You and think like You and teach my children to do the same. Your blog entries are so helpful to me. I am from BC Canada.
    sarahlscott@gmail.com

  26. Renee, Thanks for your insight. As a mother of 3, and a children’s pastor, I can really use your ideas. Thanks again!
    Lana, Bloomington, IN
    Lanaham@bluemarble.net

  27. What a great idea! I love the idea of a chart! My daughter is so visual and loves rewards. to apply that to Gods Word is amazing!
    Heidi
    mkheidiiversen@yahoo.com

  28. Renee,
    Any ideas how I can gear this toward a 2 year old? Sometimes, I wonder if I am trying to push too much on him. I am scared that I will confuse him.

    Thanks,
    Amanda
    amseagroves@gmail.com

  29. WrightExpression says:

    I have learned so much from reading your posts. Each time I read a message, I find I have more patience with myself and with my little girl and I am renewed in my enthusiasm to teach her about God.

    Thank you!

    Tecca
    Durham, NC
    tecca@mindspring.com

  30. Renee,
    Thanks so much for breaking it down for us! Your chart sounds great. What a wonderful thing to have posted on the wall, not only for the children but for Mom as well. I often need visual reminders throughout the day to help me as I deal with managing and teaching my children. Look forward to your example!

    nikki.shoemaker@gmail.com

  31. Rachel Olsen says:

    Hey Friend, I’m waiting in the Philly airport for my next flight. Just needed you to know that I can receive email today, but cannot send anything. So I’ll send the batch out on Sunday night.

    Can’t wait to hear all about Houston – call me when you’re in the car this week and fill me in!

    Been praying for you ~ Rachel
    PS. Also let me know if you still need a D6 from me or not. I can write on the plane ride home.

  32. Thanks so much, Renee! Your ideas came at a time that I was so discouraged as a mom. (I have a 5y/o and a 1 y/o). Now, I’m so excited to “mine for gold” in my children’s hearts.
    catherine_ellacer@yahoo.com

  33. Good morning! Last night in Houston was amazing. We are so blessed to be able to attend Girl’s Night Out. My wonderful husband was able to spend quality time with our 3 little ones.

    One quick question: Where did you get your jeans? They fit you great and I need to get some.

    Thanks again for your ministry.

    Mollie Stopher
    stopher819@sbcglobal.net
    Houston, TX

  34. Good morning! Last night in Houston was amazing. We are so blessed to be able to attend Girl’s Night Out. My wonderful husband was able to spend quality time with our 3 little ones.

    One quick question: Where did you get your jeans? They fit you great and I need to get some.

    Thanks again for your ministry.

    Mollie Stopher
    stopher819@sbcglobal.net
    Houston, TX

  35. Dear Renee,

    My children are very tender and caring, but lately, have had some attitudes less than godly creeping in. I do not want to lose my self control and yell, as my parents did and would love any resource to help build more godly character in all of us. Thank you for even having this give away. What a blessing, especially to us budget challenged moms. Blessings.

  36. Compassion and responsibility are 2 traits my kids really need to work on. My oldest who is 8 is so absent minded and at times very lazy. My youngest who is 5 still struggles at school daily with being kind to friends. She still hits and kicks kids alot…It is very frustrating as we dont know where this has come from.

    We have started to use a calendar and allow her to put sticker on it each night if I dont get a call or bad behavior report from school.

    Would love to learn more about applying God’s truths when teaching these traits to kids

    Blessings

    Kim
    chinarnrmom@comcast.net

  37. I forgot to include my email address for the giveaway. Sorry! New at this! Thanks.

    aekm@att.net

  38. Melinda F. says:

    Renee-I just found your site from the Proverbs 31 daily devotional emails. Wow I think the Lord is really speaking to me through you. I have 3 children 4, 3 and 18 months and I work full time. I really try to be a good caring mom to them and teach them about God in a daily way but find it a challenge. I am excited to try and put your Heart of Gold into practice in our home. I know the only way to change a child is through God’s help and by touching the childs heart. however, this is not an easy task. Thanks for your motivation. I look forward to reading more. P.S. I am in Montana.

  39. Hi Renee! Thank you for your posts. I stumbled across your blog today and I am so thanksful that I did. My daughter has been having a difficult year in school. She is good at so many things. She is compassionate and caring but she is focused on the schoolwork that is hard for her and is convinced that she will never understand. This has begun to hurt other subjects and is giving her a false belief of not being able to do anything. It is heartbreaking when our encouragement and belief in her do not seem to have an effect on her thoughts of failing. As I read through many of the January posts, I began to feel hopeful. As if God led me to read these messages. I now see new ways which we can help our little girl. Thank you for all that you do, Renee.
    Christine
    TandVmom@gmail.com

  40. This is great info! As a mother of twins, I am always searching for ways to incorporate good everyday “habits” in training up wise young people! I just started reading your blog this week and am hooked! This is just what I needed – thank you!

    heidi@stationeryandgifts.com

  41. The Paulsens says:

    Someone led me to this website. My daughter is just turning 2 but I really needed some help this week. Thanks for these good ideas.

    Lindsay
    craigandlinds@hotmail.com

  42. Renee,

    This morning we just finished our morning devotional book and I am checking out your material for another to start. I so need the encouragement daily!

    Praying traveling mercies for you ladies today! Thanks for coming to Houston…maybe we can even get you to College Station next time!!!

    lisa@andrewsmithteam.com

  43. I have a little boy who will turn one next week. Recently, I have really felt God urging me to study His word and look at resources about training children. Thank you, Renee, for the awesome information on your blog. It has come at just the right time.
    Melinda
    melinda_17@yahoo.com

  44. Hi Renee,
    I saw you last night in Houston, it was just a blessing! Would love this for my five girls.
    Thanks,
    Dawn
    spruyn@entouch.net

  45. I have been praying about my kids’ heart issues this past week… Thanks for your ideas on how to encourage them to become more Christ-like!

    Leah
    lhargrave@austin.rr.com

  46. valerie in TX says:

    Joyful – you might check out Josh McDowell’s “Family Devotions” books – he has one for younger kids and one for olders kids. I think they are great conversation starters.

    Renee – I cannot tell you how very much I NEED this training on gold-digging! God has definitely given my oldest a sense of compassion and generosity (she regularly saves money in a jar for “kids in the hospital”)….my youngest? Well, it’s time to start digging! 🙂

    Thanks for entering me in your give-away!

    valerie.post@yahoo.com

  47. I can’t wait to begin this with my 9 year old son. I want to thank you for sharing all the wonderful information. It’s so great for those of us who don’t come up with these ideas ourselves. 🙂

    Thank you.
    cswartz12@msn.com

  48. I have a 3 year old son who is the kindest, most compassionate child. I would love to be able to continue to encourage these traits, as well as others. I love your blog, thanks so much!

    Lisa
    Nashville, TN
    lpatton61@yahoo.com

  49. Your posts are very encouraging. I have some great kids (5 and 3). They are very compassionate and helpful (most of the time). However, my husband and I know there a lot of work to shape and mold their character. I am interested in learning more about your chart. We are in Georgia.
    ml4estsmom@yahoo.com

  50. Renee, I have struggled with family devotions for years, but you have given me some ideas this week. Thanks. I have a 14 yr old that needs to see the importance of devotions, and a 21 yr old that needs the encouragement that studying together will bring.

    Have a good day,

    Sharon smousepotato@msn.com

  51. gunningfam05 says:

    What a great idea and a necessary one.
    With my 2 oldest being 5/4 this is definetly the time in their lives to do these things.
    My question is how to explain these things on at a level they would understand.
    I will def be checking out the chart you have. Something I could definetly use with them.
    And even my 2-1/2 yr old would be interested where he has such a loving heart already.
    And a reward system sounds like a great idea- we try to affirm then when they are kind to one another.

    I strive to be a mom of character so that I can pass this on to my children so that they will want to be more like Jesus.

    Chrissy
    cgunning94504@adelphia.net

  52. I have 2 girls an 8yr old and a 3yr old. I want to install christian values in them that my parents installed in me. What a wonderful Idea!!!

    stillme10252000@gmail.com

  53. This is such a wonderful, and exciting challenge for me and our family. Thanks Renee.

    Lisa V
    Washington NJ,
    lisa07110@yahoo.com

  54. momagain67 says:

    Renee, Thanks for designing such a user friendly tool to develop the traits we moms so often long for in our kids but are at a loss how to achieve. Pure Mommy genius!

    pitkin5@comcast.net

  55. I wished that I had read about the ideas earlier. When they are little they are like sponges. I just pray that the teenagers also not just listen but hear ballfieldlady@hughes.net

  56. Elizabeth M Thompson says:

    Thanks for sharing your insights into building character in our children.

    gr8tful1 (at) comcast (dot) net

  57. I saw this as one of your speaking topics previously and have considered purchasing it several times; but finances…would LOVE to win!!

    Thank you for taking the time each day to be a blessing to so many!

    Shanda
    ateachableheart@gmail.com

  58. Renee
    I am in the midst of saying yes God I will obey, I will strive to be like You and think like You and teach my children to do the same. Your blog entries are so helpful to me. I am from BC Canada.
    sarahlscott@gmail.com

  59. Anonymous says:

    It just so happens that I have a 4 year old and an 11 year old so they are perfect for your age recommendation! This seems like a terrific way to teach them without being too preachy – fun and practical at the same time. I know my 4 year old responds well to this sort of reward chart and so would her older sister.
    Geralyn
    bagmic@aol.com

  60. I think that this just sounds fantastic! My Bible study group is talking about this right now – about how to teach Biblical character traits to our children, and can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

    lehrerin@charter.net

  61. krtsinohio says:

    Your blog has blessed me so these last 2 weeks and I am FIRED UP about becoming a D6 family! I orderd a “D6 Mom” sticker for my minivan from the website as well as 2 t-shirts. I would dearly love to attend the conference in Sept. Praying for travel mercies for you.

    Kelly
    krtsinohio@aol.com

  62. Anonymous says:

    I have four kids and something like this would really be great! We need to reinforce kindness to siblings!
    Tesa

  63. Christine says:

    I was at girls nite out last night and you all touched my heart. It has really given me a new outlook at how to approach life. thank you so much for all the blessing you give everyday!!!!!!!!

  64. Anonymous says:

    Oops! I forgot to include my e-mail!
    Tesa
    tesa@comsouth.net

  65. Sounds great! Any help with devotion time with the kids is great.

  66. blessedoriginals says:

    i wish i would have found this years ago–but it’s never too late! thanks for helping us to become better moms!

    many blessings,
    melissa
    blessedoriginals@mchsi.com

  67. This has been on my heart lately for my two girls, 5 and 3. I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog because of your girls night out! I am writing from the NW corner of our country, Washington.

  68. Kristy Baca says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!! I love your “teaching Godly attributes” is not a chore to put on your to do list. So many times do I feel like that. THanks again!

    Kristy Baca
    bacakris@yahoo.com

  69. Great idea! We are constantly trying reward systems for my son who has some health issues… these are great ideas. Glad the weekend went well!
    thepadens@cox.net

  70. Renee,
    I found your blog from the Proverbs 31 email devotions! Thanks for the giveaways! I hope I win! 😉
    Heather

  71. This is the first blog enrty I have read (Wed and Th too) of yours and I love it. I am sending it to other mom friends. I have 4 daughters and would love to implement some of this. I wish I could ‘view’ the chart online. I didn’t see where that was possible.
    🙂

  72. Renee,

    This advice has been great! I would love to put this into practice in our family.

    Angie
    angied_67@yahoo.com

  73. Karla Meachem says:

    hi Renee!

    I just watched the D6 video this evening! Oh, how I would love to attend! 🙂

    I’m from Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Look forward to reading more of your blog; looks like you have some amazing information to share!

    Bless you!!!

  74. Great ideas thanks so much! God has truly blessed you!

    hjpuppino@sbcglobal.net

  75. I love your ideas and encouragement!! I grew up in a non Christian household, so I really need these kinds of ideas and directions to take when raising our children as Christians. Thank you!

  76. Thank you so much for your ideas and encouragement!! As a relatively new Christian, I am always looking for information and knowledge….I am learning, learning, learning, but still need to be teaching, teaching, teaching!!

  77. Yet more excellent advise! I needed the follow up devotion today. I’m excellent at thinking of ways I’d like to lead my children in their christian walk, but am horrible at putting it into practice and following through. This was just what I needed. I’ve been looking for a chart for my son but have not found the right one until yours. How great to not only teach them traits that build godly character but follow it up with a verse and then finish it with what the devil might use for a stumbling block. It is so great to start this when they are young when it is fun and exciting to learn about God and please Mom and Dad. Thank you so much for sharing you wisdom from God!!!
    Ashlea, Fairview, TN
    ashlejones@live.com
    Mom of Colton 4 and Cobe 2

  78. Christy Richardson -0- pinkbarbie@kingwoodcable.net says:

    Wow! What a great idea! I am in Houston and i have just begun reading the proverbs 31 daily devotional and your blogs, and i am shocked. I feel as though i have not been doing my job right up until this point. Now, I know what I’ve been missing. I would love to receive any of these items.

    Thanks for all the info

  79. The Heads says:

    Wow, God showed me this blog right when I needed it most! My 5yr old son has been talking back lately and I have been starting to feel like a failure as a mother. What a great reminder– Motherhood is not to be done on your own— it is only possible with God. I hope to use these practical ways in our everyday lives. Thank you so much.
    Sarah
    slyoung04@hotmail.com
    Sugar Land, TX

  80. Anonymous says:

    I love this — searching for, focussing on and celebrating the gold in our children. Thank you for sharing! So glad you had a great experience in Texas.
    Ann
    awcamp@bellsouth.net

  81. Anonymous says:

    I have been searching for something just as this! I think I found it! Thank you for your hard work in creating it! If more parents would teach their children these simple, easy to follow character traits, maybe our world could become the kindler, gentler world we are all hoping for. Thank you!
    Dawn
    d.sfam@yahoo.com

  82. I love the idea! It’s been something that’s tugging at my heart lately..

    kimwhitton82@gmail.com

  83. Christy Richardson -0- pinkbarbie@kingwoodcable.net says:

    Wow! What a great idea! I am in Houston and i have just begun reading the proverbs 31 daily devotional and your blogs, and i am shocked. I feel as though i have not been doing my job right up until this point. Now, I know what I’ve been missing. I would love to receive any of these items.

    Thanks for all the info

  84. I think the chart would be a very effective way to teach about character. Loving these series on parenting.

    nazyouth4god@hotmail.com

  85. The Whitton's says:

    I love the idea! It’s been something that’s tugging at my heart lately..

    kimwhitton82@gmail.com

  86. Oh, I would so love this! As a new Christian with no Christian role models growing up, I am really struggling trying to figure out how to lead my children and cultivate their hearts to love God!

    Lindsey @ A New Life
    http://www.anewlifehartz.blogspot.com
    lindsey@insideprovidence.com

  87. P.S. (Hit submit on accident! Sorry!)

    LOVED Girl’s Night Out…thank you so much for taking some time to meet some of us bloggy girls and take pictures afterwards!!

    Your stories of your childhood and your search to overcome it was truly an inspiration to me. I come from a similar background and was very touched at how God has worked in your life. Gives me great encouragement that I will be able to break the ties of bondage holding me to my past by the strength of God’s love.

    Lindsey @ A New Life
    http://www.anewlifehartz.blogspot.com
    lindsey@insideprovidence.com

  88. Anonymous says:

    I really love your ideas! I’d love a chance to win a chart for my kids.

    Kristy
    kasiddel@bellsouth.net

  89. Mocha with Linda says:

    What a fantastic giveaway!

    I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing the Houston event was! Can’t wait to hear your take and see your pics!

    Linda
    mochawithlinda at gmail dot com

  90. Oh, I would so love this! As a new Christian with no Christian role models growing up, I am really struggling trying to figure out how to lead my children and cultivate their hearts to love God!

    Lindsey @ A New Life
    http://www.anewlifehartz.blogspot.com
    lindsey@insideprovidence.com

  91. P.S. (Hit submit on accident! Sorry!)

    LOVED Girl’s Night Out…thank you so much for taking some time to meet some of us bloggy girls and take pictures afterwards!!

    Your stories of your childhood and your search to overcome it was truly an inspiration to me. I come from a similar background and was very touched at how God has worked in your life. Gives me great encouragement that I will be able to break the ties of bondage holding me to my past by the strength of God’s love.

    Lindsey @ A New Life
    http://www.anewlifehartz.blogspot.com
    lindsey@insideprovidence.com

  92. Anonymous says:
  93. The chart is a wonderful ideal! Things like that help me stay on track so much easier! Thanks ! Cheryl
    cherylyw@charter.net

  94. Hi Renee I am new to your site but have truly enjoyed it and found it refreshing. I homeschool my two kids boy ten y.o. and girl six. Being with them and seeing them learn is a thrill to me and I cannot wait to get your cd and chart!!

    Cio from TX
    cioreynolds@yahoo.com

  95. I just came across your blog today and LOVE this parenting advice. I had a day earlier this month where I was at my wits end and I know God lead me to your site.
    My kiddos are 13 (daughter) 9 (daughter) and 3 (son)

    sarahj@tctwest.net

  96. what a great idea. i love reading your blogs and enjoy it each morning. i thought about trying it my sunday school class also.

  97. SarahfromWyoming says:

    I just came across your blog today and LOVE this parenting advice. I had a day earlier this month where I was at my wits end and I know God lead me to your site.
    My kiddos are 13 (daughter) 9 (daughter) and 3 (son)

    sarahj@tctwest.net

  98. Anonymous says:

    Dear Renee,

    Thank you for all the information & encouragement you are giving to us all. I also thanked God for having you as part of my daily devotional.
    We have 3 wonderful children, the eldest is a girl, 29 yrs old, finished her degree & is getting married this march. The second is a boy, his age is 20. And the youngest is a girl, turning 18.
    Both are still studying in college.

    More power to you & God bless you more!

    Susan

  99. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for all you share and speak into so many lives.

    I would be blessed to win some fun stuff to sweeten my momma skills!
    mbradshaw1964@sbcglobal.net

  100. Anonymous says:

    This is my first time on your site. I love it! I will be back for sure.

    Susan, Charleston, WV
    soos.terry@gmail.com

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