Parenting is one of those enterprises where you can invest your labor in something—or someone—guaranteed to grow! So how do you define good parenting? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Martha Peace joins host Mike Farris to address that question.
My guest this week is the very well-known author, teacher, and biblical counselor, Martha Peace. She and Stuart Scott have recently co-authored a book called The Faithful Parent. Martha, thank you so much for joining me this week!
Hi Mike, thank you for having me.
Martha, it’s easy to look at parenting from a results-oriented perspective and worry about whether you’re a successful parent. But what does it mean to be a faithful parent, in the biblical sense?
Well, one of the things that Stuart and I wanted to do was make sure that parents understood that God did not require perfection of them—He wanted them to be faithful. Also, a lot of parents think if they do everything just right, that God will save their children, and their children will walk with the Lord. And that is not necessarily the case. We can be faithful, whether our children are or not. They’ll often refer to the Proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” But that is not an iron-clad promise. It is a general truth and we just need to trust God with our children and be faithful.
Martha, your ministry has made a great impact on my own wife, Vickie, and our family. We just want to thank you so much for teaching these biblical principles. I’m Mike Farris.