Make Sure Your Kids Don’t Pick Comfort Over Freedom

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Your kids were born into these uncertain times on purpose! But it is your job to equip them differently than in times past. There will be times that our kids must be willing to put their comfort aside to resist conforming to the world. Do you think your kids will? Get encouraged by this episode as the Tolpin s dive into this important topic.

The pursuit of comfort is the enemy of freedom. As Reagon said so well, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

You can see it so easily in our world today, politicians caving for their own self-preservation, people going against what they stand for because of peer pressure from others. An unwillingness to share your opinions online for fear of offending someone else or what my friends will think. Is this the behavior we want our kids to have as they launch into a world with greater resistance against Biblical and conservative viewpoints?

This episode is here to encourage you to stand strong so that your kids stand strong by watching you. The Tolpin’s dig into some new decisions they are making as well and invite you to join them on new platforms that embrace free speech.

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In This Episode We Cover:

  1. The pursuit of comfort is the enemy of freedom.
  2. Connect with us on new platforms!
  3. Your kids are growing up in these times on purpose!
  4. Do what you can do.
  5. Help your kids grow comfort in Biblical truth.

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Scripture In This Episode:

Revelations 1:3 – “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”

1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Hebrews 11:1-13 

Ephesians 6

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Welcome to Courageous Parenting Podcast, a weekly show with parents with biblical truth on raising confident Christian kids in an uncertain world.

Hi, I’m Angie from Courageous Mom, and I’m Isaac from Resolute Man. We’ve been married for 21 years and have seen the fruit from raising our eight kids biblically.

Based on the raw truth found in the Bible, we can no longer let the culture win the hearts of children. Too many children from Christian families are walking away from their faith by age 18. And it doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way. Join us as we start an important conversation about effective parenting in a fallen world.

Hey, thanks for joining us in the Courageous Parenting podcast. We’re so glad to have you back or for your first time listener. Welcome.

Hey, everybody. Isaac and Angie here. We are so glad to be connecting with you. We just wanted to say thank you for all of the feedback, the reviews on iTunes, the comments even that we’ve gotten on social media! It literally spurs us on it really, really does. And recently, we’ve received a few emails, too, which has been really encouraging to read through just the personal testimonies of impact that we have in the donations that come through.

As you know, we need to raise money for something that’s still true. And we also are full time focused on the ministry. So we really appreciate it.

One million legacies. Obviously, the podcast hit a million downloads, but that’s not one million legacies. We have a ways to go still because so many of you binge listen, which is awesome many, many downloads.

When I was even thinking about Isaac, I don’t know if you were thinking about this, but I was thinking about all the kids that are represented by one parent listening or two parents listening. And this and that is super, super encouraging because we know that you guys are courageous parents. You are proactively, purposefully and intentionally discipling your kids, you’re like minded. And so I hope that when you’re listening and you see that there are so many people that have been downloading the podcasts that that encourages you that you’re not running this race alone because you’re not. That’s definitely been an encouragement to us. And I just wanted to kind of like ricochet that back at you like a boomerang. You guys, listen, we are all in this together.

We are. And we feel that we feel like we’re partnering with you and you’re partnering with us and we’re doing something. So it’s so fun. Make sure your kids don’t pick comfort over freedom is today’s title. And if you’re really looking for that, like super practical, how do I get my kids to obey me or what do I do about this or that? Do you know we have over a hundred episodes and the first 90 are super, super practical, focused on those simple topics, simple topics from all different age ranges of parenting and so forth.

So I just wanted to reference that because recently the world has been increasingly uncertain, lots of things changing. It seems like every single day something changes, doesn’t it? It is wild. It really is wild right now. And so at the beginning of thousand twenty one, just as a reference, you listen to this later.

But it is it is wild and but you know what? We are grounded in the truth. We all have hope. We all have joy in the Lord.

Right. Amen. And and so forth. But I just want to encourage you to go back, listen to those old ones. If you want that practical information, they are as relevant as they were when we first shot them today.

So super true. And just, you know, to tag on to that, I think that I might just ramble off a few little episode titles. So we’ve talked about 11 reasons why we homeschool. We’ve talked about socialization. Yeah, we have talked about miscarriage, which is always relevant and hard. We had personally suffered from two miscarriages, so we were having more kids are not right in uncertain times. We did that way before this kind of stuff started happening. Right. We’ve talked about why your kids won’t respect you. We’ve talked about chores. You talked about raising strong daughters. We’ve talked about how to create a culture in your family.

Yeah. So you guys, if you are looking for encouragement on topics, practical parenting topics, they are usually covered.

Why and how we moved located a family.

Oh, yes. The Strategic Relocation Podcast. That’s still one of our number one in 2019.

It is the all time number one episode.

Wow. That’s incredible. So it surpassed “how to overcome anger in your parenting.” Yeah, that was our number one for a long time.

And you know how to get your kids to obey you. I think the title was a little different, but. Yeah but yeah, relocation is by far number one.

So here we go

We’re just so in tune, but we’re going to dive into this. This is a super important episode. I was talking to our kids on the way to somewhere recently. And I just I was I was frustrated about passivity. I was frustrated about what’s happening in some people I see in the public and things like that who are believers. And and I was I was just like, you know what, you know, comfort is the enemy of freedom.

Literally, human beings get the more comfortable they get with their lives, the more they love their life, the more they’re willing to sacrifice what created that comfort or you have the freedom.

Right. Or what’s interesting, too, is that the more comfortable people get and the more they love their life. Yeah. The more they’re unwilling to make change. Yeah. When God’s calling. Right, and the the harder it becomes, like if you love your life, it’s harder to lay it down. But the Bible is very clear, says those who love their life will lose it. Yeah, right.

And it says and revelations don’t love your life to death. Right.

Which is revelations 12:11. That’s one of my favorite verses as of the last couple months. Yeah.

So it’s so that’s what we’re talking about. And we’re talking about helping your kids to make sure that they don’t live lives where comfort gets in the way of standing for truth, standing for their rights, standing for freedom. Where does freedom come from?

You know, it’s interesting because you’re saying standing up for Stand Stand and the Bible, we’re going to talk about it and stand there for firm right in the armor of God. And but the thing is, is it’s not just standing. Standing. I like standing because it’s a verb. It’s an action word. But there is a need for other kinds of actions as well. And sometimes comfort prevents us from taking any kind of action.

And let’s talk about comfort for a second. What is comfort? Really? It’s self-preservation. It is staying in what I know. It is continuing to do what has very little risk. It is staying within my lane in the world. OK, yeah.

And, you know, it’s interesting because you’re talking I’m thinking about different personality types that might be prone towards taking more risk or some people might call the opposite as like the more steady people in society that are predictable and important, you know, and there’s an element of reliability.

Right. And loyalty and all of those good characteristics that are very important and crucial.

But where is our loyalty supposed to be first? It’s to the truth. It’s to Christ. Yeah, it’s to God’s word. It’s to the calling and purposes that he has laid out for us since before we were created, which we were over in last week’s podcast. Yeah. And so I think that we need to remember not to be loyal to how our life is, not to love our life so much that we become loyal to what’s comfortable, but we remain loyal to God and his word and the absolute truth that exists because of it.

Yeah. So you’ve heard this before. You’ve seen it. You know it, that moral relativism is destroying our world in a lot of ways. That’s destroying freedom, is destroying the protection of the God ordained family and so forth. It’s like any truth can be true. And now in America, it’s destroying our Constitution and it probably is doing the same for your founding important documents in other countries.

So it’s interesting. Right. And and it’s seeped into the church. Yeah, it has seeped into the church. I’m sure you’ve seen Christian some Christian ministries go to the point of giving Fluffy feel good messages about you to make you feel good so that you like them more when in reality maybe they’re not fully biblical.

Right. And so I think that it’s important that we have a realistic, truthful, honest look in the mirror. And the mirror is a Bible, OK? Because it’s really understanding the person of who Jesus was and who we are when we can see ourselves for truly who we are. And we fall in love with the Lord even more because of what he did for us, despite of ourselves.

And there is it’s often referred to as a deep state or the global elite, a group of them that are trying to control the world. The efforts towards a global reset, the new world order. These are all words that used to, if you would say these things, you while you’re conspiracy theorists, there’s crazy things going on. I’ve probably said this before, but the leaders are literally talking about these things in a positive light.

And so it is not conspiracy is is well known now that these things are happening.

They’re not even denying them anymore.

And in the global elite’s philosophy, if you look at it, is they literally don’t believe humans can handle freedom. If you really look at it all, this is kind of what I’ve come to is that they it’s the notes. They don’t believe that humans can handle being free. They need to be controlled. They’re not as smart as the global elite. They’re like almost they have to believe that they’re almost most people are subhuman compared to them.

It’s interesting because the same group of people also believes that humanity is destroying the earth. And so they have tried in numerous different ways of especially over the last fifty years, right. To in some regards, exterminate. Subsections of humanity, which is devastating, we see it on a massive scale with abortion, with the killing and murdering of the unborn, those that can’t defend themselves. And they in my opinion, they actually are enterprising and making money off of the weak women that are seriously suffering. And they need the gospel truth. They need the church to come around them to support them, whether that is walking them through parenthood, fatherhood and sticking with them or helping them to have the baby adopted.

Right. But you just don’t you don’t see that on their on their scale. They come across in such a deceptive way. Oh, I’m going to hell. I know. And I’m going to kill your baby. Right.

So so we are all about equipping confident Christian kids for an uncertain world or in an uncertain world. And to do that, you have to make sure your kids don’t seek so much comfort that they’re willing to sacrifice their freedoms because eventually they’re going to be older, they’re going to be calling the shots, they’re going to be the leaders.

They’re going to be the dads moms.

And they are going to either stand up for living in freedom and being able to go to church, for example, things like that, whether or not you know and their comfort will seep in and they won’t want to be risky and risk what they have to stand for truth. And so you have to be careful that. So we’re going to go to three main points here. But before we do, make sure you connect with us. And what I mean by that, things we’ve kind of talked about this loosely. I’m going to be concrete with you right now is that censorship is big time happening right now for conservatives? You know that it’s obvious. It’s not just Trump and a few others. It is a massive thing. You’re going to see more of it on platforms. And so if you want to stay connected to us and find out where the main platform we use the most is going to be, which we don’t for sure know yet, then you need to connect with us everywhere, or at least at a minimum. The most important thing you do is get on our email list. It’s in the link in our bios on social platforms, most of them also CourageousParenting.com. Every episode is a blog and there’s opportunity to get an email list there. Not only so we can stay connected, you do get some cool free stuff, too. And we get value through the email sparingly, of course. But definitely we want to stay connected because we’ll be communicating there. And that’s the only place we have control over communicating with you or continue to communicate with you, because Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all these different places will be gone, most likely at some point. We for sure are committed to bailing on them. At some point that is our commitment. So. So where are we now?

Well, we have decided to at least secure our handle’s, right. So that the way that you guys can find us is how you know us. Resolute man, courageous mom and courageous parenting.

So we have three profiles and we’re going to be posting on all of these, by the way.

Right. Just like we do on Instagram. Yeah, right. And Facebook. And so you can find us on parler as of right now. You can also find us on me. MeWe did I say that right? I think so. And then Gab.com and Rumble.

Now, Gabb.com is probably the safest platform for not getting kicked off by. Whoever the people are.

Well, there’s an interesting history with that platform we’re still seeing, so it’s not an app.

You go to Gabb.com, but you can save it on your phone like it’s an app, but then it’s not controlled by the app stores. OK, Rumble is where video is going to be. We’re going to bill on YouTube for a while. Foreseeable future will leave everything. It’s already there, but we won’t put new things. Are all new things pretty soon will be on Rumball for video and we’re going to post everything else on those. And at some point the Instagram in the Facebook will die down and and so forth.

So, I mean, I think that I know that my plan is to keep those accounts so that someone else doesn’t like, take over. Right. So whatever content is there will potentially remain there. But it won’t be a place where we’re focusing on putting out new, fresh content as often because we’re going to be focusing on other ones. We can’t be everywhere. So we have to be very careful about what we choose. And so we’re telling you where we have joined as of this week and started some new accounts and you can find us there. And the reason why we chose these for so Rumble as the video replacement. Right. And then Gabb.com, like Isaac said, might be the safest. We’re not really sure as far as it might not get taken over. And then Parla is also, you know, right now it seems like a great place, but we just don’t know what’s going to happen, whether it’s been threatened by a few different.

We’re in those places because they seem to be viable places to be. Yeah. And so super, super important to get on the email list and let’s dive in here. So your kids are growing up in these times on purpose. I know, Angie, you wrote a really powerful post on this. It was so good and it really impacted a lot of people.

And I thought we would talk a little more deeply about this because so many people can be fearful right now of raising kids or maybe they don’t want to have more kids or maybe they’re just kids. They have they’re like, wow, I feel so bad. They have to be raised in this time. And you look back, I go, I wish it was more like when I grew up. I am. I’m just concerned for their future in these kinds of things.

By the way, those are all really natural feelings. They’re very human. Yeah, very human.

And I would be lying if I said I didn’t think those same things because I have many times I mean, I’m pregnant right now. So, of course, it’s like starting over again. It’s like having our first baby. We have to be as intentional with this baby and the next two decades as we have been with our first right. And so to be entering that era, if you will, that we are and bringing another baby into the world, of course, those thoughts come to your mind. But this is the thing we have to rest on is the truth. That’s in God’s word. We know from the Psalm 139 that God created each of us in our mother’s wombs and that he knew us before he created us. That’s what the Bible actually says. So if we believe what the Bible says, then we go, OK, God created, we didn’t create, God created, created the timing. He chose the timing. It’s like, you know, if you listen to our civil disobedience, part one and part two podcasts, which if you haven’t listened to those, I cannot urge you enough. The second one especially has just a ton of examples of scripture. One that comes to mind is Queen Esther, that she was there, quote unquote, for such a time as this. This is a passage that kids here on cartoons, animated versions of this testimony of Esther’s life. And here we are teaching our kids this. Yet do we believe that about our children? So, yeah, I mean, I get a lot of messages from moms that are definitely struggling with do I bring another child into this world?

Yeah, absolutely. Revelations one three. Such a good blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it for the time is near. OK, so important that that we are keeping to the things written here that we’re reading them aloud and so forth and to our kids.

And I think when we do, the more we read scripture, the more we’re firm in it and strong in it, the less fear we have in raising our kids during this time.

You know, on this topic, one of the things that I shared in that Instagram post was that, of course, our hope is found in Christ. Nothing else. Right. But. Don’t we like when we go on a hike in the in the nature, right.

We’re reminded, reminded of God’s creation and we’re encouraged as we breathe deep, the fresh, clean air right in. And when we are taking communion, we’re reminded we take this in remembrance of him and the sacrifice that he made.

And our kids should also be a remembrance to us of many things. And that was kind of what the poster is about. When we look at our kids, we shouldn’t have dismay, discouragement, worry or fear or anxiety, stress.

We should look at our kids and go, God is not done with us yet. He’s not done with us yet because he created our children for this generation for a reason. He gave them to us not to be a burden, but to be a blessing. And they are a blessing. We just have to really we have to hold ourselves accountable to taking thoughts captive that are from the devil, that are his schemes, that are his perspective on children, that are his perspective on family, because they they seep into the church. They talk about us all at different times, and especially when we’re weak and when do we get weak, when we’re not in the word right. And so we have to if at any point we look at our kids and we have these different things overwhelmingness, we need to just go straight back to the word and repent.

So when we reference, we’ll do it now, a 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. So it’s a great write that down. Remember this? This is about taking your thoughts captive because you need to teach this to your kids. Yeah. Now, if you have a two year old, you can teach it to a two year old. You might not remember it or you might remember it better than you never know.

But but definitely teach this to your kids. It’s amazing for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments in every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Such a good verse. That is a key verse. Some of you, I hope, make that the verse for your family this year, because to meditate on remember to include in your prayers to to remind each other about I mean this the thought of taking every thought captive.

I when I read that about six months ago, the words that stood out to me differently because I’ve heard them, I’ve seen Christian Memes, I’ve read this scripture a million times. And at first my interpretation of the scripture was to take your own thoughts captive. But the actual translation, what it says is every thought captive, which is more than my own thoughts, it’s the thoughts of the world is impressing upon me. That’s what my neighbor says. It’s the comment on Instagram. It’s it’s every thought. take every thought captive under the obedience of Christ.

But you cannot do that if you don’t know what God’s word says, because it’s God’s word that sets you free as you are remembering, recalling the truth, because it’s the truth that sets you free. Right. And so that’s why it’s saying take those every thought captive under the obedience of Christ, because Christ’s word, he is the flesh, but he’s also the word. Right. And he’s God. He’s with God beginning. Yeah. And so the truth literally set you free from the bondage of evil lies, accusations and thoughts that are not from God.

So catch yourself. We go through so much thinking during the day knowing you might think you don’t. You’re busy, you’re taking care of the family, all these things. I’m sure that’s true. But you’re actually thinking more than you realize. And what’s really powerful is to slow down the moment when, I mean, is it start to being aware of what you’re doing subconsciously? We subconsciously think negative things about ourselves and we start going into those that kind of thinking we subconsciously start and consciously, but we’re not super aware of it sometimes. And so you need to slow the moment down and go, wait a minute, stop it. Stop it, Isaac.

Hold your thoughts captive and being surprised. Right.

When you read something in normally, you would it would get you down because it’s something negative or somebody was critical of you or a kid said something.

You know, stop it Isaac. That is not what God wants me to do. He wants me to hold my thoughts captive and focus on what Philippians 4 says. On what’s pure, focus on what’s lovely, whatever is praiseworthy, noble, right.

So important. So we have to teach our kids the skill, though. This is what we’re talking about, right? We’re talking about your kids are growing up and these times on purpose. Yeah. And you are their parents on purpose. That’s right. OK, so there is a confidence that we need to have that God chose us for this awesome task. What a privilege. What an honor. Yeah. Let’s not drop the ball in the midst of all the things that could potentially be distracting the the terrors of the night, if you will. Right. Like what’s going to happen by morning.

No, don’t drop the ball.

First jurisdiction’s first, right, and so we have to remember our call to Christ, it is by coming here that we are able to actually not freak out, not experience anxiety, not get overwhelmed by everything that is happening. Right. Because when we’re sifting through news and in even emails from you guys in the things that we do here, where you’re like prayer requests and all the hardships that people have experienced this past year.

Could definitely burden. It could, but you know what, when you’re in the word more than you’re in man’s words, you can handle that because he carries the burdens and joy, it becomes a joy and a privilege because you get to wage war through prayer.

So part of what also gives you confidence in uncertain times of raising your kids is when you see evidence that you’re teaching them to be strong, when you’re thinking through and discussing as a married couple, what do we need to do with this particular kid? Here’s where we’re at in this situation or this part of their life, and here’s what we think they need to be. And how are you in a unique way going to get them there? Because how you get them, there’s going to be different potentials and how some other parent gets their kid there because it’s a different kid and different parents and you’re wired differently. And so Angie’s right.

So so teach them what is right. So what do we need to teach is right right now and wrong?

That’s a good question, because a lot of people are trying to figure out what is true, first of all right there sifting through all these things. And they’re like, I don’t even know what’s true anymore. Right.

Is it right to not go to church or is it wrong?

Exactly, I mean, we have to remember that kids think in matters of right and wrong. Yeah. And that’s because God made them that way.

So is it getting comfortable being home streaming. And is it uncomfortable to disobey the law and see if a couple of people want to do Homechurch?

Disobey the law while obeying God’s word, I would put those two together because in some places, yeah, that’s the case right now.

Otherwise, we like I’ve said in previous podcasts, otherwise we would have never prayed for the persecuted church in China or anywhere that’s got an underground.

So so you have your own convictions about masks. Let’s say they don’t have to be our convictions. Yeah. Lots of people of different convictions. And that’s cool. We shouldn’t judge each other for our convictions on those things. It’s a disputable issue. Yeah, not eternal, but what have you deemed to be right and wrong on that and that you need to teach your kids the principal matters of it. You could go. I could argue both sides, so I get it. What else do we need? Teach right and wrong that could be slipping away right now.

I mean, even just the topic of education, I’m just going to put it out there because things are changing so rapidly and we’re seeing this. I’m just going to say it in indoctrination. There is a censorship of many groups, of people, of conservatives and Christians. I put those into two different groups because some conservatives are Christians, but not all, OK?

And so there is a censorship happening of both groups and the group that is both also. And so what is actually being portrayed, let’s say a kid that’s a teenager is on social media.

Let’s just say that their parents are not involved in talking to them about current events at all. Mm hmm. So what are they being fed right now?

All the time. All the time. Let’s say they’re not even in school. What are they being fed?

They’re being fed only what the Democrats and the leftists and the fascists and the socialist agendas want them to see.

Mm hmm.

Because that that kind of sums it up. You could probably also add in a few other categories as well. Right. And so what do you think they’re going to believe? Like if they’re not being taught anything that’s contradictory to what they’re reading and seeing everywhere on social media? That’s what they’re going to believe. And the same goes for when they go to school, because if they go to school, public school specifically, they’re going to be taught the things that are in congruence with what they’re saying on social media, actually, which would only confirm to them that that is truth when in reality they need to think critically.

We just look for what is fruitful. Of course, we believe in government. We love the government when it’s acting in its jurisdictions and we’re supportive of that. Of course, we have no fear of anything. By the way, you should never fear the government or anything else, but we do need to be wise. And that’s what Angie’s talking about here is wisdom. And we need to be that educated man, educators of our kids and talking to them about the issues and things happening because we don’t want them to seek comfort.

It’s the natural tendency of human being is to do what’s comfortable, to seek comfort and not make the hard decision. Usually the hardest decisions or the most important decisions are the best decisions to get you down a better path. So that’s the really, really important.

So here’s one example. You mentioned mask’s. I’ll bring up vaccinations. So kids potentially going to school when they start mandating that. I know that we’ve seen things that have said that in certain states, countries, they’re going to be giving taking away the parental rights to where they can give vaccinations without parents even knowing.

Ok, so imagine the peer pressure of being in a, I don’t know, fifth grade classroom and all the kids are lined up for vaccinations. And one kid is like and the parents don’t.

And they all get some wristband colored, pretty cool bracelet or something. I don’t know. We have no idea. But let’s just say, yeah. What do you think your fifth grader is going to do? If maybe them maybe they’re the only one who hasn’t been vaccinated, imagine that I’ll just share honestly, you may think, oh, courageous mom, she wouldn’t do that.

Her kids wouldn’t do that, right? Well, when I was a fifth grader, I was not the bold, courageous person that was speaking up and standing up for my rights. I just wasn’t that wasn’t my personality. I cared too much what other people thought. And guess what most fifth grade kids do. Yeah, most people do.

Most people will actually conform to what’s going to get them the most love kids especially. So if they’re scorned upon by a principal or a teacher or the cool kids in the classroom, they’re going to probably give in unless unless you have taught them, prepared them and equipped them. This is the other thing. Some of those kids you need to be realistic. We’ve said this a million times. Take the rose tinted glasses off and look at your kid, their personality, and go, do they have it in them to really stand up at this point in their life? Maybe they’re nine years old and maybe they don’t have that in them yet. So maybe being in a school setting isn’t the best place for them. Right. And so we have to. And that might cost you. Yeah. Can I just say choosing to bring your kids home to home school might cost you it might cost you so much that you are experiencing a little pain and less comfort. Right. Because now your kids are at home, you have greater responsibility, you have less time to yourself. What is this podcast about? It’s about making sure that your kids don’t pick comfort over freedom. And so we can’t teach our kids that unless we’re willing to live it.

Yeah, and comfort over truth. You can replace that with a few different words, right? It’s super, super important.

So it’s important that we’re modeling, not choosing comfort over freedom, comfort over truth, comfort over what’s right. It’s important that we’re modeling that and do an audit and even the small things, you know, with the small things, sometimes kids catch the small things more than anything.

Ok, so I’ll just be really transparent just before we shot the podcast, massive headache. Yeah, I think it’s just my pregnancy hormones, my second trimester. You guys have been there before. Massive headaches. Still have the headache right now as we speak. You know, just comes and goes. I, I was trying I drank a bunch of water at all the oils, the things headache still going right to where I laid down. And the kids were like, oh, is mom not shooting a podcast tonight. she’s not feeling good. I’m laying there. And I was actually thinking about the title of this topic. And I went, I have to choose not to be in comfort right now when I feel like laying in the bed with a blanket over my head because I’ve headache.

Yeah. And do this because this is more important than my headache.

There’s all isn’t it interesting whenever you try and do something a little bit bigger. A little bit better maybe than before something new, the challenges come.

And it can be little and they can be big and usually there’s both and they’re watching. So you taught our kids something really bad, I hope, and I hope they see it. They do.

Even if they don’t acknowledge it. Don’t don’t be discouraged by that. It’s important for everybody here because you make a massive difference. More powerful than your words is your actions. And it’s in the small things that matter more than anything. Do your kids see you pick up the garbage on the street when you’re walking? You know, less is dangerous, of course, but things like that, you know, not in the middle of the highway.

Yeah.

So let’s go through it just a second. Go to the second point here.

But I want to take a moment and give you something for free if you haven’t got it already is the date night one. It is a beautiful document you can download that will have some key questions on it for your date night to just get in alignment about what’s most important for your family. No matter what time of year, it’s always important to recalibrate. You can get that by going to CourageousParenting.com and subscribing to our mailing list. Also, you can get all of our show notes and everything, at CourageousParenting.com. And I also just want to share real quick about the Parenting Mentor program. So many families are being transformed by going through this. It’s the six week self-paced program with live engagement from us and even direct interaction. So if you want to join us, here’s a little bit more about it and you can find out more at CourageousParenting.com. Steve and I realized that we were getting too comfortable with the world’s vision of how to raise our children.

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It has given me a vision for not just the different things that we might focus on as parents who are trying to raise our kids biblically, like how our kids are behaving or what we’re doing with discipline, but also the things of heart.

We now have a game plan to how we want to raise our children. We have so many answers to the questions that have been in our mind.

It’s not just these hypothetical situations or it’s not just this. Here’s what I think you should do. It’s let me show you where in scripture this is your legacy, a favor and yourself a favor and just do it. One of the best things that we’ve done this year, one of the best investments we’ve made this year, and I could not recommend it more.

We’re no longer fearing dark days ahead, but we’re so excited to raise the lights, to be leaders for the next generation so we can disagree on some things here.

But let’s talk about the what appears to be an effort of control. I started talking about global leaders in this effort of control and how I believe that they believe we can handle freedom. Mm.

And need to be more controlled and so well, which is why they’re threatening certain social media platforms saying moderate more.

So let’s look at this. So masks and the implication of mask is massive. The consequences of masks is far greater than the disease.

Ok, so the pandemic. So Covid’s real. Don’t get me wrong, we believe it’s real and understand it’s challenging. And unfortunately, people have died. Lots of people have died.

I also know that it’s replaced the flu. So it is the flu just the worse version of the normal flu.

So it’s a different a different one. Different one. H1N1 was the flu right back thirteen years ago.

But it appears this has been massively exaggerated to get control and practice, getting population submissive to things and so forth and controlled so mask. So we get submissive to that and then then they can enforce vaccination vaccinations.

Come.

Yeah.

And you’re a bad citizen in harmful to human beings if you don’t take it and and do your evil if you don’t know because you’re causing other people to die when in reality that’s not the truth.

Well and so we don’t need to go deep into that. Well, I’m sure many of you have different opinions and I’m sure we can still love each other. Right. I still love you if you have a different opinion. I think that is an important thing that we should uphold in our societies. And then so vaccines, now jobs. Right.

Pretty soon people already employers can tell you you can’t work there unless you get the vaccines to get the vaccine or unless you wear a mask or actually both. Because I’ve even heard the kind of person you are. I mean, Fauci’s even saying things like even if you get the vaccination, you still need to wear masks because it doesn’t fully know there is options.

If there’s an opportunity for you to work from home, they can give that to you. And they’re supposed to. But some jobs, there is no opportunity to work from home. So please don’t work from. Right. So so firefighters, things like that, that’s probably coming.

I don’t know for sure, but that you’ve got to look at the writing on the wall, OK, jobs, nurses, doctors, things like that. Then you have greater control of people’s kids, of children.

Right. And submitting to that which you already brought.

This is a matter of parental rights versus it’s an ideology, do you believe that your children are yours or do they belong to the state? They belong to the government.

So you’re so you’re in comfort and not standing up to these things, maybe not doing them. Social pressures want to be obedient to the law, and that’s a good thing unless it is interfering with, you know, biblical truth and what we’re to do and our convictions and leading to really negative things from a biblical perspective. So where in this timeline here, OK, so now kids and then free speech. Oh, this one’s right now. Free speech is massively being marginalized by conservative voices and so forth. Are we just going to sit around and not do anything just because we’re going to stay comfortable? We’re going to let that happen, too. And then financial global currency and you can’t buy or sell and the freezing of funds unless you’ve had a vaccination or if you have hate speech because you said something from the Bible.

Right. Because apparently we’re all this is already happening places.

Right. So I’m not this isn’t we’re not trying to create fear. This is a time when all of these things are already either exist or starting to exist, depending on where you are in the world.

And are we just going to stay comfortable and not stand up to this stuff in a biblical productive way? Mm hmm.

Yeah. And again, I mean, you guys have to just point you to the podcasts that we did on civil disobedience because we talked about the importance of submitting to governing authorities. That’s in Romans. Right. Submitting is not the same thing as obedience. God chose the word subject, submit, not obey. We talk about we talk about that in the podcast. But submitting to that, what did Peter what did Paul do? Right. They chose to disobey when the authorities were telling them not to preach in the streets, but then they submitted to the consequences and went to prison and God broke them free. And so we we would submit to the consequences of choosing to obey God. If the government is telling us to disobey God, we’re going to always obey God first, because it’s always God first. Right. He is the only priority. But I think that it’s important that when we’re talking about this, right. We’re talking about the this concept of making sure your kids don’t take comfort over freedom in regards to all the different issues that Isaac just listed off.

And I think that it’s important that we recognize that we can have conversations with our kids, but they’re going to learn so much more from our actions. They’re watching us. Yeah, they’re literally watching us. They’re watching if mom and dad are willing to give up their job, potentially. I’m just bringing this up because this could be a lot of people. If you can. I just say, if you think for a second that that might be something, a boundary you’re going to have to cross. I’m going to have to choose my job or a vaccination. I’m going to have to choose this or this. You have got to start planning and preparing now.

You should have started preparing yesterday and thinking ahead about how you’re going to choose. You have to think ahead.

So you act correctly under the pressure, because if you’re teaching your kids to try to stand up for freedom, be courageous and then you’re not. They are not. They’re not. And that whole tagline of this ministry is raising confident Christian kids for an uncertain world. You guys, they’re not going to do what we say. They’re going to do what we do. And so we have to be willing to still worship God. We have to be willing to still go to church. We have to be willing to say, hey, no, these are not your kids. They’re my kids.

And that’s the next point. Do what you can do. Do what you can do. We can’t do everything it’s overwhelming. And some things are not possible in your situation, perhaps.

Right. But what can you do? I like looking at the positive and moving forward. What can we do?

Well, number one, this is a conviction Angie and I have had in a major way more recently, which is don’t support companies who limit freedom. Wow.

I would also add to that that we don’t support companies that have are supporting organizations that are also funding things that we don’t believe we don’t believe in. Right. Like abortion and things like that. I think that’s important. So you have to pick your battles, though, you guys, because literally, like with on this topic, you could get into this moral debate where all of a sudden you’re never having Starbucks coffee. You’re never like you literally say, I’m not doing I’m not able to buy from anybody.

So but what can you do? And what are the things that God has given you a conviction about that maybe you need to take action on? For us, it is it’s a little harder for us because ministry and audiences and so forth.

But as soon as we can, we’re going to shift platforms. Why? Because we do not believe in Facebook. We do not believe in Instagram. Same company. We don’t believe in Jack Dorsey of Twitter. We do not believe what they’re standing for and what they’re doing in limiting free speech. I loathe that just as much as I could not handle it any more an organ because they were not upholding private property and protecting businesses and allowing Antifa and BLM to destroy things. I they were advocating, but I am not for that. My tax money is not going to go to that government in Oregon. I’d rather have it support. Idaho. Right.

So, you know, you guys have to come down to, like, what are the things you can do for us? These are the things. So we chose some companies. Here’s a here’s an even more practical idea. You go out to eat maybe on a date night, pick a company that has or a restaurant that has similar convictions to you. If you know of a Christian restaurant, support that Christian establishment by taking your family there or going on your date night there, we have a short list and will never share it because we wouldn’t want we want them to be danger and danger with the short list of the businesses where we can walk in without a mask. We do. And those are the ones that we shop at. We grocery shop at them. We go to those restaurants, we ship our stuff through them, our packages. We get our haircut at those.

Oh, I just got market today and it’s first time since I’ve been in Idaho. So it was really shaggy and they didn’t wear I didn’t wear a mask walking in and that this topic came up and I go, Yeah, yeah, you guys are on our short list now.

And she’s like, oh yeah. I mean, seriously. So we have a short list that we have just for our family and a few close friends where we are contributing to this. Right. So as we come across these businesses where we can talk to the owners and we know that they’re like, no, I’m not doing that, I’m not going to that. Yeah. And we love to support them. So that’s one very practical thing that you can do. Another practical thing you can do is you can share this stuff with your kids. I just mentioned to you that we shared that note in our phone that like when I deleted the Fox News app on my phone, he told the kids, hey, if you’ve got this on your phone are older.

I mean, you guys, we have also deleted YouTube.

Now, does YouTube still pop up sometimes when I Google how to do something construction wise and it goes to a YouTube video, that still happens to me sometimes I’m weaning myself off. I’m trying, but I deleted I haven’t brought that back on my phone.

It’s got other things that we we just had a meeting about this tonight. So this is really practical stuff. We are not going to be using Safari. Right. All right, so what are we doing instead?

We’re using duct outgo as an Internet browser, as an Internet browser.

Yeah, so we’re shifting things up. I talked about our Internet security measures, you know, which includes some other things. I, I think it’s super important us to be thinking about the world we’re living in now just to protect your family and protect what’s going on. But still be in the world.

We’re still in the world. We’re not anti Internet. We’re not going to shelter.

We’re not going to stop using the Internet. What an amazing tool. Wow.

Yeah, no, it’s true. The reality is, though, that a lot of websites that we’ve tried to find and get on, you can’t get on using safari or whatever because those companies are now censoring websites. Yeah, we’re hearing about this more and more.

And so we want to use an Internet browser actually that will give us more freedom. Yeah, actually it gives more freedom in that regard.

It’s so liberating when, like, for example, I barely use Starbucks anymore. Actually, that is one of mixed because Starbucks makes you wear a mask when you sit in the store. And that is where I used to always go for. Well, we had a lot of them near us in 15 years. Yeah, I spent a lot of money at Starbucks and I don’t anymore, I don’t know, Christian Coffee Shop.

And I was always convicted because I don’t like what the company stands for, but I still like my comfort.

Still like you guys realize too. I’m just going to say so I work from home for quite a long time as an entrepreneur. And so he’s had his coaching calls. He’ll go there and he’ll buy coffee and that’s his, like, office space for the day. And so that’s why he would go there a lot. But we’re not going there anymore. And so, you know, there have been a lot of good things that have come out of this whole covid mess. Actually, that would be one of them finding the local spots that that is it’s being purposeful about where you are actually taking your business. So another thing that’s really important that you can do with your kids, Isaac, was the next thing.

Well, exercise free speech. Now, that takes breaking out of your comfort zone and freedom is worth it.

You got to exercise what you want to stay free. You got to exercise freedom of speech.

You’ve got to share your opinions, your thoughts, your what you think is right now, everybody is wired a little differently and some people are a little bit more eloquent with their words than other people are. They can take maybe somebody is thinking all these different thoughts. Right. And they just can’t get them out. And then they read something that somebody wrote.

They’re like, that’s what I was thinking, right? Sure. So share it. Can I just say it?

Because I think that this is actually something that has happened that’s very negative, especially in conservatives and Christian groups where people are afraid to share other people’s things when they minister to them, encourage back each other up instead of taking their content and plagiarizing, which is what does happen sometimes. Right. And so I want to encourage you guys, like if you see someone out there like and I’ve done this multiple times the last few weeks and had really good dialogue with some thought leaders, because, guys, it’s discouraging when you are pouring yourself out like a drink offering and you don’t know if it’s touching people because you’re getting censored and it is touching people, but you don’t know if someone shares it. You go, oh, OK, it was worth it because it touched that one person. And so I just I have to say, if you’re afraid to share somebody else’s stuff that minister to you, that maybe you’re not exercising your freedom, you’re actually acting in fear.

Have you ever heard the thought something like if you try and please everyone, you help no one? Somebody said that probably a wise person, it wasn’t me.

And I think all of us are mature enough to realize that just because, like, as I’ve shared quotes by people that I don’t agree 100 percent with everything that they believe. Right. Like, that’s not even really possible very much. I mean, it should be for sure. Marriage, hopefully, within your like minded community. But I just like as adults, I think we can all agree that. Yeah. I mean, you read a book and you might get to the end of the book and go, that was amazing. And I agree, maybe 95 percent of it is that five percent can to prevent you from sharing that one quote that really changed your life. No. Right. And so I just I think that we need to not be so fear based. Yeah. With what we share to support each other.

The next point under this, do what you can do is keep living. I am so excited about our trip this summer. Every summer, Lord willing, for the last three and onward we plan to do a four to six week RV trip.

And it’s part of our vision and our legacy. Family vision. You’re going to be super, super pregnant. There could be every reason with all the things going on in the world not to do it.

Oh, guys. But this is nothing compared to our three month RV trip. When I was six, seven and eight months pregnant with our eighth, there was a there was a different world then. But yeah, just three years ago, I mean, we visited thirty four states in three months. That was intense. It was incredible. But for pregnant woman, it was a lot.

Yes, we did it. Yeah. Crazy because at the time I was building our tech company at the time. Yeah. Anyways so RV trip. But we’re, you’re like how are you going to do an RV trip? Carefully.

We did it with Woods during this last summer in the midst of covid stuff. Here’s our office.

It’s going to be awesome. We’re going to get to know some really cool spots in Idaho.

And I know yeah we have a home because but then we’re going to go to Moab.

We loved Moab last summer. We encourage you to do that. We’re going to rent ATV vehicles and have some fun and then we’re hopefully going to hit the California beaches. You’re like Isaac, everything’s locked down. Like, why would you go there? I’m hopeful. Come on, don’t ruin the party.

Yeah, so. So I can.

But, you know, I you heard from our last podcast, you make plans even if they might not work out. Yeah. Come on. We’re going to California beaches and surfing and stuff.

But you know what, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll spend more time.

Park City, Utah, I don’t know, we’re flexible, we hold these trips open handed to the Lord, he kind of leads us where we want to go. I also love doing the courageous parenting meet ups. We’ve done courageous mom meet ups in the past as well.

And we’re planning a conference, Lord willing, this year.

Yeah. So, you know, one of the things that is really cool about being able to do a trip is that our kids help a lot with the ministry. You guys might not know this, but I just have to share it briefly because our older kids help babysit our younger kids whenever we’re shooting podcasts. Yeah, preparing a podcast and working on other projects, like when we created the parenting program. That was a real push. That was a sacrifice for the whole family. And so being able to take them on a trip to appreciate them, to make some family memories, to be focused on them is really healthy for our family to have a little short sabbatical. Yeah, but we do check in with people and we keep doing ministry while we’re on the road.

And so and we meet people that are doing ministry with do on the road. By the way, give a shout out if you can to Austin Tolpin, Kelsey Tolpin, Megan Tolpin, they’re all on social and that would be probably mean a lot if some of you just said, hey, thank you for supporting your parents because it’s really helping people.

That would really mean a lot to Drew and Luke help a lot too. But they’re not on social.

So finally, think ahead. What decisions are you making now that three months from now requires? You’re like, Isaac it hurts my head.

Well, we need to hurt our heads a little bit right now. We need to be thinking we need to be proactive. What decisions do we make him right now about provision that six months from now require?

Don’t we have to be replaced? We have to be realists. So I you know, I’m I’m just going to say something might be to some people it could potentially create a little bit of anxiety. And that’s not my intention. But I want to challenge you to think if thinking is difficult and you’re going, well, what do I think about like, I can’t change my life? Well, yeah, you actually can. You have a choice? Yeah, everybody has more choices. And you think we have had to walk through making choices where there was no guarantee in obedience to God. US doing this ministry is one of those. Yeah. And we had eight kids.

There’s nothing like living and a lot of children for every day’s provision, you know.

And so and I’m not saying that that’s what God’s calling you to. All I’m saying is God is always calling us to obedience. God is always calling us to evaluate and to think and to hold everything open handed because it’s his if you have a job, guess what? God gave you that job and God might want you to change jobs. And so you may be OK with that. If you’re not OK with that, you need to ask yourself the question.

Have I made my identity part of my is my job attached to my identity? Because if it is, then it’s become an idol and God is a jealous God and he doesn’t want that. And so we have to be willing to ask some hard questions. And here’s one of them. One of them is this. If you are in a place that is difficult for you to worship God, to raise your family and your forseeing, that’s going to get harder in the next few months. Maybe God has called you to stay there. Maybe I’m right. Maybe you’re taking care of elderly parents and stuff like that. But maybe God could be calling you to make a choice while you still can to move out of that. But it’s going to cause some discomfort at first is going to be a lot of work, right? Maybe there’s some unknowing and you’re going to have to trust an all knowing God, maybe for the first time. I just want to encourage you that these are the times that our kids remember the most is where they see our faith in action. I would say that, you know, movie in Idaho was totally a faith thing. Oh, we had no guarantee of things. And we told our our community and our family, you know what? We’re moving to Idaho. We havent been there before, but we’re moving.

And we don’t know anybody and we don’t know anyone. And we’re going to go on a trip to find out where God wants us.

I guess we did know the Cosa family. We did know.

Yeah. They had just moved here before us a few months before. But but the reality is, is yet another family had moved as well a few months before us.

But anyway, so my point is, is that there was no guarantees. Right. And we trusted God because God’s the one that gives you community wherever you are. God’s the one who gives you a job wherever you are. He’s the one that provides food, shelter. All of these things come from the Lord. And if we are are fearful that he’s not going to do that, then maybe we need to ask ourselves the question. Do I think I gave myself what I have right now? Do I think that it was my power that I have my job?

You guys, we have to keep living so that our kids keep living when things are even harder. Come on, let’s do it. And just if you quote me in this, I’ll know you listen to the whole episode we’re about to wrap up here. But comfort is the enemy of freedom. And so just remember that and let’s go and help your kids grow comfort. Now, we’re going to go the opposite way, help your kids grow comfort in biblical truth.

The only way that you can actually obey God without having an anxiety attack in these times of anxiety is not something I’ve actually ever struggled with too much. So my heart really does go out to people who have struggled with that. And that’s something that is a real deal thing you need to really seek out on. But in all seriousness, we need to realize that if we are really focusing our cares on him to have peace, that surpasses all understanding that comes from God. It doesn’t come from us. It doesn’t even come from us doing actions.

And remember and 1 Peter 5:8 says be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, resist him steadfast and faith and so forth.

So important. So you’ve got to be steadfast in faith. You’ve got to do that as you’re resisting.

I would say that that verse, depending on how old your kid is, it could create some fear actually of the devil. And but that doesn’t mean that we don’t read that scripture to our kids. We need to read the whole thing to our kids. But the part that Isaac read before that was about being sober minded, that’s part of how we defeat the devil schemes, is being sober minded. And so we have to this is why it’s so important that we read all of the word of God.

You can’t be watchful unless you know what you’re looking at, unless you have discernment comes by reading the Bible and the Holy Spirit giving it to us.

So, yeah, so be and being sober minded. That’s what we need to be teaching our kids. We need to read that scripture and go, listen, if you’re not sober and you’re not discerning, you’re a fall for the devil schemes. Yeah. Because he’s out there. He’s a real person. A lot of people believe that as soon as they mention him, they’re giving him power. And I believe that is a lie from the devil. God gives us so much information on our enemy so that we can be strategically standing strong in the armor of God.

It’s like, oh, we’re about to go to battle. And I don’t want to know anything about the enemy because I don’t want to give him more power.

No, no, no. You learn all about, you know, about your enemy so you can defeat them.

And Jesus already defeated them. But he gave us his power through the through the Holy Spirit as we were walking in truth and the armour of God, which we’re about to read here. I’ll just read it right now, guys. We’re in Ephesians 6:10.

It says, finally in verse ten, my brethren, be strong, the Lord and in the power of his might put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the rulers of this darkness, of this age, against a spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Did you read all that with me?

Principalities powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual host of wickedness. Wow. right therefore take up the whole armor of God. The you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand stand. Therefore, having girded your waist with truth, you can’t gird your face with truth if you don’t know the truth.

Having put on the breastplate of righteousness. OK, are we, are we teaching our kids what that means to put on the rest of. I remember years ago Austin had one of those old armour of God that he looked like a knight, you guys have to find those. It’s such a great way to teach your kids this.

They can memorize all the different parts of the armor of God. And having shot your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, that means there are fiery darts of the wicked one. I’m just going to say, OK, and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end, being watchful.

That means we have to take the rose-tinted glasses off. We have to see the realities of what are happening today, whether it’s like in media, in social media, in real life, in our daily jobs with our kids rose-tinted glasses off and step on them, crush them. We’ve got to be realistic, OK?

So taking the shield Faith, which which you’ll be able to quench the fiery darts of the evil one and the helmet of salvation and the saw the spirit, which is the word of God, Prain, always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to the sun with all perseverance and supplication for all the Saints.

And for me, that utterance may be given to me that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak in and how use that is.

You can create part of it. You could pray all of it, you can read it. Your family. You could become so entrenched with knowledge of that that we pray that protection over our family, maybe quietly, is as a father, a husband, you pray that over your family. And that would be just a beautiful thing to do. If you want to grow in spiritual leadership. I just give you one thing that can make a massive difference. God is all powerful. Invite him to further protect your family. Hmm.

Now, on this note, I know that we challenged I challenged a lot of thoughts today, right.

About how we are living as parents. Are we modeling for our kids what it means to choose truth and freedom over comfort? Right. And that can be challenging for a lot of people. But there is a passage of scripture that Isaac’s going to wrap up with in Hebrews 11. And you guys know this one. But we just want to encourage you to go back and read the whole thing.

But we just read a little bit of it. So now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen for by it, the elders obtained a good testimony by faith. We understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. So we have to make decisions about things that are not visible, that takes faith by faith, able offer God a more excellent sacrifice than cane, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and through it being dead still speaks. And it goes into the faith of Enoch, goes into the faith of Noah, the faith of Abraham, the faith of Sarah, and then it talks about these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, we’re assured of them, embrace them and confess that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

You know, it’s interesting, when we were talking about this passage, especially if you go back and read it, the Noah part was a skip through it. Yeah, the Noah part, especially, though, like he had to have vision for what was going to happen down the road. God gave him that vision and he built an ark when everyone was mocking him. Yeah. And sometimes that’s what we’re called. We have to do. We have to obey God and do what maybe other people are like. Why are you doing that right now?

Yeah, but you guys, you never see the fruit of it or you only see a little bit you don’t see it all come to fruition because God was using you for a foundational piece of further glorifying him in this world.

And a lot of it, too, like for us, you guys know in the strategic relocation video we talked about, one main reason was our legacy or God’s legacy, rather. Right.

And so sometimes you have to step aside and you have to choose to sacrifice your comfort right now selflessly so that two generations later there’s freedom.

And that’s what we all need to be thinking about right now. We need to think about our grandchildren and where God wants our family, where the legacy roots need to be put down. And that could cause you to have to make some big changes. So know that we understand that and we’re praying for you guys. Hey, thanks for joining us. See you next time. Hey, thanks for listening to this episode.

For more resources, go to courageous parenting and courageous mom dotcom for free online workshops, blog posts and best selling courses. Also, we wanted to quickly tell you about our six week online parenting mentor program, Isaac and I created a powerful biblical curriculum. Here’s how it works. Each week we release a video with a downloadable parenting package to make it easy for you to incorporate those teachings directly into your parenting.

This is an incredible self-paced program where we cover everything from obedience training to overcoming mistakes most Christians are making. But more than that, it’s a supportive community. You’ll have access to our private online group, Live Webcast and the courageous parenting text message line. And I can send you weekly encouragement straight to your phone.

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Written By Angie Tolpin
Angie has been married to Isaac for 19 years and together they have eight children, whom she homeschools. She is the Founder of CourageousMom.com, a doula, the author of the best-selling book Redeeming Childbirth, and the creator of the first ever Christian Postpartum Course. Angie loves ministering to Women and has created a few online Bible Studies on Biblical Friendship and Motherhood.

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