I was going to write this huge long post about why we value our family so much and why we just love being together, but it contained things that aren’t worth talking about, things that are best left in the past.

Some of us aren’t born into Christian families that value supporting each other in the journey that God has them on.

Some of us aren’t even born into Christian families.

I am here to tell you that even though the above may be true you can still create a Godly heritage for your children, grandchildren and generations to come.

All of us at our No 1 daughters wedding nearly 3 years and 2 and a bit grandchildren ago

You may not have the support of your family with certain decisions, and although that can be terribly difficult to live through, you will live through it and come out the other side stronger and more determined to follow God’s ways.

After many trials and tribulations my husband and I decided that we were going to create relationships with our children and support them as they grew up and keep the lines of communication open.

If you are the same as us, please just spend time with your children and love them, show them how you support them, guide them in their decisions and create a Godly heritage for them.

Teach them that God is their all in all and without Him they are lost. Teach them that God will guide them and lead them and that they should stay close to Him. Pray for them and with them. Pray for their future spouses and let them know that you are there for them.

If you are travelling as a family alone in your journey, be encouraged that there is hope for you and the generations to come, between God and you there is a wonderful heritage coming.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.


  1. Well said!

    Hubby was born into a Christian family, my parents used Jesus as a curse word and never darkened the door of a church despite a heritage rich in the Baptist and Mennonite churches. While hubby was raised to “know about” Jesus, it didn’t reach that 18 inches until he was 40 or so from head to heart. The kids are growing up in church, and hopefully will continue growing and if they haven’t accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior that they will soon. We still deal with the animals of lying and other things that are part of the human nature, and hoping that soon their hearts will be pierced as they do the things they know hurts Jesus…and us. In time, I’m sure.

    You’re right, we need to raise the kids to know God and according to the Bible. It’s a daily thing, and has to be modeled.

    Today is Sunday here, and one of the most hectic days of the week–Sundays and Wednesdays are all out attacks from the devil getting ready for church and paying attention and stuff!

    1. Thank you for your comment and for sharing part of your journey with us. Sunday mornings do seem to be the hardest day re organising and such. I find on my side that I need to get up and get myself going with a good attitude before anyone else wakes up, that way I am not stressed about getting everything done and organised. You also have different issues to deal with and I pray that your day goes well. Blessings

  2. Great thoughts on family, and teaching our children to love the Lord. My husband and I are both third generation Christians, and our children love the Lord too. We believe in not only teaching our children about the Lord, but living it too. May the Lord bless your day today!

  3. Thank you. We’re first generation Christians, though praise God, some of our family before us has been saved. I’m praying for all my generations, those before me, those in my generation, and those to come to be saved.

    I’ve found that I’ve spent my children’s lives creating our own traditions, some of which I didn’t even know were traditions until I tried to stop.

    I’ve been doing my best to pass on this Godly heritage.

    1. Thank you Laura, and I think that you’ve said it there, that you have been trying your best and that is about all that we can do. May God bless us all as we try our best to pass on a wonderful Godly heritage. Blessings

  4. Oh, Terri! I cried when I read this! We are doing our utmost to create this heritage for our precious son, and yes, we feel so alone in this journey sometimes. I miss my dear parents, their dear wisdom and Godly advice, and having the gift of their influence over him. God saw fit to call them home, and we miss them so much. It is so hard not having them here to run things by and get their thoughts, but I am SO thankful we have each other, and we have a Heavenly Father Who will never leave us, nor forsake us! I am SO blessed to have been raised in a Godly, Christian home, where I was taught about Jesus from my earliest recollections. It has shaped and molded my life, and for this, I am eternally grateful to God and my dear, precious parents. Thank you for sharing your heart here, Terri. You are just precious and such a dear blessing and encouragement to me and so many others. God is using you. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your beautiful comment Cheryl. What a blessing to be brought up in a Christian home, with Godly supportive parents. My husband and I were, and I need to remind myself that even though our parents don’t (or didn’t in the case of my parents – they have passed away) always agree with what we did and do they have still brought us up to believe in God and have taken us to church, without this foundation it would have been more difficult for us. Our homeschool journey has caused many issues and wanting to know more about God has too, especially when it took us from the church of our birth. I could have written much more about these issues but my husband and I didn’t want to dishonour our parents. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me and stopping by and being such a blessing.

  5. My husband and I were both fortunate to come from a line of believers but that doesn’t make the path for the next generation any less challenging. The deceiver desires to tear down and thwart what is being established and we should always be on guard to nurture and direct our family in God’s path. Yes, it can be lonely sometimes to make certain stances but I think we are in good company if He is on our side 🙂 Thank you for sharing your encouraging posts this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    1. Thank you Jes and you are right about it not being any less challenging, thank you for pointing that out. If we are on God’s side we are definitely in good company. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us. Blessings

  6. Well said. My husband and I do not have children but we do have nieces and nephews. We take our role as uncle and aunt seriously and use our influences along with their parents to live a Godly and Christian life.

    1. Thanks Jenny for your comment. Thank you also for encouraging us in our roles as aunts and uncles too, you are right, even if you don’t have children you can be an example and help. Thank you for sharing your heart here and for stopping by. Blessings

  7. So inspiring! My husband and I were raising in Christian homes, and we daily work to try to keep that legacy going in our own home now. The temptations of the world and the pressures to conform to society can make this difficult, but we try to keep our eyes on the One who matters most.

  8. Such a great post! While my husband has an amazing heritage – mine is a little less consistent but we also purposed early on to choose what ways we wanted to continue on in our parenting/family/heritage – and ways we wanted to do things differently! I think we can spend a lot of time not wanting to repeat certain things or ways – but if we don’t get new tools and stay focused on doing things differently – the pull to revert back to what you know is strong! Still – I love that you remind us that we have a choice and we have the power to change the course for generations now and to come!

  9. Well said, my darling downs. Even those raised in a Christian family need to be reminded of this:Teach them that God is their all in all and without Him they are lost. Teach them that God will guide them and lead them and that they should stay close to Him. You are surely blessed.

  10. Yes! If the Lord tarries, our family’s godly legacy starts with my husband and me! As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And I believe in God’s promises for my children, as I do my best, that they will also raise godly offspring! Glad I stopped by from the #fellowshipfridays link up at Equipping Godly Women.

  11. Thankful to have been raised in a Christian home, this post about a Godly heritage really resonates with me. I want to share two thoughts:

    1. The important thing for your children is to be raised by Christian parents. If you are that, then rejoice in the knowledge that your “one generation of Godly heritage” is really all they need to see them through and to be as certain as possible that they will continue the Godly heritage.

    2. When searching my own genealogy, I found that many of my ancestors were from a devout Quaker heritage. This is true for many of us who have been in the USA for generations. Try learning more about your ancestors who helped found this country. Most of them were Christians, so you may have a Godly heritage that you don’t know about yet!

  12. It can be discouraging at times when you know you are the generation game changer so to speak…but glorious too. The enemy hates losing ground, but what a gain for the Kingdom when those who have not had the privilege of Christian heritage stand firm through all adversity. Standing on the front-lines, by grace through faith. May you continue to enjoy all of God’s grace upon your family.

  13. Hubby and I both come from non-christian families and we are pretty much in this journey all on our own. Thank you for sharing this word of encouragement and really powerful nuggets of inspiration.

  14. What a wonderfully encouraging post that is especially relevant in the times we are living in. Far too often those who seek to follow Christ will not have the support of those closest to them. The breakdown of faith in society that we now see, is most certainly, and sadly, a reflection of the breakdown of shared faith in families. Thank you for reminding us to be intentional about establishing binds that encourage faithfulness in our children. God bless!


  15. Those are some sweet words. That is just what I am trying to do with my kids. Give them a Godly heritage. That was a good decision you and your husband made at the beginning of your parenting journey. I am just so sad that, alot of kids will not have the opportunity to have parents who would give them such a precious gift. I thank God for my children. Thank you so much for sharing at TGI Saturdays.

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