- Do you participate in New Year’s Resolutions? Why or why not? If you participate, how is your resolution going this year? Or have you ever kept a resolution?
- Answer the question you are most comfortable answering: What is the best practice or best thing you feel you have done as a parent? What is the best practice or thing you feel your parent(s) did for you?
- What was the most meaningful or insightful aspect of the message for you?
- Of the three things mentioned today in building confidence in your children, what do you feel you have done the best as parents or hope to do the best as parents? i.e. 1. Words 2. Let them struggle 3. Help them find their true purpose and identity
- Of those same three things where do you feel there is the most room for growth as a parent or if you are new parents or not parents yet, what do you think you might struggle with the most?
6. What two things does Paul start out saying in the opening of his letter to Timothy in verse 3?
7. In what ways could you apply this principle to your children and family? What benefits could you imagine this might bring to you our your child(ren)?
8. What did Paul remind Timothy of in verse 5 and in what tone do you feel it was delivered to Timothy?
9. Read verse 6 again. What are some ways you could ‘fan the flame’ of Christ in your children and your family’s spiritual growth?
Personal Reflection Questions
- Think about your words over the last week or two. What do you feel your words reveal about what is stored up in your heart? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you and help you?
- If there are things that have been revealed to you that you don’t feel good about, don’t beat yourself up. Confess it to Jesus. Allow Him to forgive you and give you His peace. Ask Him to help you.
Possible Parenting Applications for This Week
- How can you use your words to encourage your children or family this week?
- Encourage your children with words by writing a note or letter.
- Don’t let pride keep you from apologizing to someone in your family. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
- Maybe your child(ren) has made a bad choice and you just need to let them face the natural consequences of their decision.
- Memorize one verse with your child(ren) this week planting the seed of their value and worth. Possible verses: 2 Timothy 1:7, Colossians 1:27, John 16:33, 1 John 3:1