Faith & Family by JohnBagwell
Struggling Daily to Keep First Things First
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Our Daily Struggle
by JohnBagwell
Jul 04, 2011 | 2658 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Raising kids is hard.  Raising them with good Christian values is even harder.  I admit that here in rural Alabama, it is a lot easier than it would be in other parts of the country, but there are still struggles and frustrations, some big and some small, that my wife and I must work out in order to raise our two girls with the Christian values we grew up with.

Everything is in a constant state of change, yet we believe as Christians that God never changes, His Word is immutable, and that the truths found in the Bible, in whatever their many forms, are always applicable regardless of time, circumstance, culture, or other change.

My wife is a homeschooling mom, and she has a secondary education degree with a major in English Education and a minor in Piano Music.  She is the type of person you would want educating your child if you could afford a private teacher that would teach your child one-on-one.  One of the biggest misconceptions about homeschooling is that kids are not properly socialized, however, as busy as my girls stay with the different group activities, a casual observer would be very hard-pressed to come to that conclusion.  My wife does a wonderful juggling act with homeschool, the group activities, and still being a wife, a cook, and keeping the house in some semblance of order.  I know I couldn't do it.

As for me, I work a full-time job during the day, run a separate blog called MenRising where I am currently posting daily articles for Christian men.  I am also currently in the planning stages of starting a church in Jacksonville, Alabama sometime next year.  It will not be an easy task.  The challenges are daunting, and statistically speaking I am already doomed to fail.  It should be a very interesting year.

Through all of this, my wife and I struggle daily to keep faith and family first.  I call it keeping the first things first (not very original, I know), but with everything that goes on in a day, sometimes I think starting a new church is going to be easier.  In this blog, we are hoping to address issues that are going to be relevant to people like us, families who want the best for their children, who want them to grow up with a faith in God, and with the character and self-discipline to do what is right.

We're not perfect.  We do make mistakes . . . some bigger than others, and we don't have all the answers.  However, none of that is going to stop us from trying to keep faith and family always first in our lives.  Join us!


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