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Generation to Generation

My Friend Debbie      I look back on my childhood with fond memories. I grew up in a Christian home learning about God and going to church weekly. I remember my parents having devotions with us on a regular basis and teaching us about the love of God.

     As a young girl, I always loved going shopping with my mom and finding great deals. Then we would usually grab a bite to eat for lunch. I looked forward to this time together.

     On Friday nights we would go to the local Pizza Inn to eat, which was a treat that my sisters and I always looked forward to. Then afterwards we would ride to the Dairy Queen for some soft ice cream-- I loved chocolate ice cream, and still do! We would talk about everything under the sun; we enjoyed our night out!

My Friend Debbie      On Saturday mornings my dad loved to take my sisters, several of our friends and me to an old farm that had a big pond. We crammed in an old station wagon, and off we went to the farm where we ran and played and pretended that we were fishing with our stick and string fishing rods. What a blast!

     I have some very good memories of my family growing up, but the ones that I treasure the most are the ones where my parents started planting seeds of faith in our lives at a young age. They were laying a foundation of Christian principles that we would remember and need for a lifetime.

My Friend Debbie      They took us to church every Sunday, and most every time the doors were open. They taught us to have a personal relationship with God and to talk to Him. We understood the sacrifice Jesus made for us and learned from our parents that He hears us when we pray. My parents gave us the faith they had: to believe for provision, answers, miracles and healings.

     Now, 40 years later, I find myself doing the same thing-- wanting to create a memorable childhood for my kids, but most importantly laying a foundation of Godly principles for them that they will one day see as valuable and irreplaceable. We make teaching these Christian principles of faith and hope, a regular part of our lives when we wake up and when we lie down.

     God tells us to "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) If we are faithful, then God is faithful to His Word.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Amy Turner

Reader Comments...
2009-12-30 14:30:59
"What I thank God for every day is the time I spent with my three beautiful girls teaching them about the love of Jesus. They have turned out so wonderful and I am so proud of them. When you sow seeds of love and faith, you will definitely reap a good reward. Now they are teaching their kids about the love of Jesus--from generation to generation. God is good. Janice Sutton"
        - Janice
2009-05-19 13:51:42
I enjoyed your article and am so pleased that you love your mom & dad and had a wonderful childhood. I am sure that is why you have turned out to be an awesome mom and wife."

        - Sandie

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