|Our beautiful children: |
Andrew, Lydia, Sam, and Jonathan
More Camps and Conferences
Northwoods Bible Conference at Camp Nicolet,
Eagle River, WI (2008) ~ Image source: eHomebody.com
Finding a Church and Staying There
Things we thought were so important when the children were small seem terribly Pharisaical now. I was particularly judgmental and critical of others, especially in clothing and recreational choices. It seems the fear of our children being affected by others kept us moving. Now my husband and I see that doctrinal issues should be the main reason for leaving a church, not outward appearances. I deeply regret this.
And...That's About It
Nevertheless, God is faithful. For instance, our oldest son met his wife through a church we attended a few years when they were teenagers. They renewed their friendship years later through the family camp we happened to attend together one year. Yet, while our oldest son met his wife through a small network of believers we already knew, our second son met his wife through commenting on the same sermon online with a young woman he had never met. God is not impaired in executing his will for our children even through decisions we now regret.
However, I would still encourage parents to seriously consider the future impact on their children when choosing or leaving a church. And, if your church family is not a place where they might nurture marriageable friendships, then consider finding a family camp or week-long conference to attend over the years where they can make those connections. By God's grace, may you have no regrets. (You might enjoy my post regarding attending family camp here: http://ehomebody.blogspot.com/2008/09/things-i-have-learned-from-family-camp.html.)