They’re Always Listening

God has a way of teaching you to watch your mouth.  Since I’ve had kids, I’ve learned that they listen to everything….and are ready to repeat it.  You know, like when you get pulled over for speeding and as soon as your spouse gets home they all yell, “Mama got a ticket, and it costs…

Purposeful Parenting

I think a lot of people who have decided to meet in homes as the church have, to some degree, grasped the concept that we – people – are the church, not that place where we meet.  We don’t “go to church”.  We are the church.  And we get that we are the church throughout…

Worship Through Music

When we first started meeting together as a part of Jesus’ bride, our children were really young.  I mentioned in a previous letter that we had a hard time getting our kids to sit semi-still.  See No Comparisons about training.  We ended up using a blue and white blanket that we spread out in our…

…And They Will Teach You!

This past week, a number of people were off and going here and there, not feeling well, etc.  So we were not planning on getting together.  We usually meet on Sundays, so Saturday night my 7 year old daughter asks me, “What are we doing tomorrow?” I told her I wasn’t sure, but that we…

Worship with Your Children

Worship involves our entire lives.  1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  So when you meet with the church, eat food together, pray, sing, or talk about your week, it should all be done for the glory of Yahweh. One…

So, What DO we do with the kids?

Our house church has been called “out of the norm,” because our children out number the adults.  At one time we had eight children birth through preschool age, along with a few pre-teens.  Our meetings were (are) loud and a bit chaotic for anyone not used to the energy level.  We didn’t really have the…

No Comparisons

It’s difficult not to treat your children according to the behavior of others.  Our family visited a house church recently where we met a family with four small children.  Throughout the gathering, the children angelically sat around their parents, backs erect, not making a peep (except for when their 8 and 7 year olds offered…