Parents, Families and God’s Story

This year is going to be big
It’s going to be exciting
It’s full of expectation

It’s scary
it’s making me cry
I’m thrilled and terrified
It’s Trevor’s senior year of high school

2001-10 Trevor Dressed Up

Just writing the words makes my stomach flip and churn. Along with all the fun and exciting things that comes along with the senior year of high school, I am consumed with thoughts of his spiritual walk.  Has God revealed himself to Trevor? Has Trevor really accepted the call to discipleship? Is Trevor equipped in his own walk and able to lead others? Will he continue to share the gospel when he leaves home?  Does he really understand the greater purpose for his life…to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world?Of course, many of those questions are between God and Trevor but as his parent I have ONE MORE YEAR to really influence his walk with God. After that, when he leaves my home (tear), my influence greatly diminishes.  So what’s a mom to do?

First and foremost…PRAY.  I just read this awesome article on college age children that remain in the church after high school. The number one factor is whether or not they are converted.  Has the old gone away and the new come (2 Cor 5:17)?  We have got to continue to faithfully pray for our children…that the Holy Spirit transform their heart.

Secondly, equip them for the good works they’ve been called to do (Eph 2:10).  Are we encouraging our children to serve, lead, teach, grow?  One of my favorite parts of being a mom is serving together with my children.  Especially during these teen years, church and student ministries have been a neutral ground where we have grown equipped together.

Next, read the Bible together.  I LOVE reading the Bible and for years have tried to pass on the enthusiasm to my family…not to much avail…I’m still kind of a lone ranger.  However, I must continue…I must persevere…I must remain strong and committed and continue to read and study the Word together with my children.  My children learn more from what I do than what I say I value.

Finally, I’m so excited to be here at COTHA this fall when we launch ORANGE!  We are partnering with an amazing company that focuses on how the CHURCH and the FAMILY work together in raising the next generation.  Parents will learn how to be the spiritual leader of their family.  They will be encouraged and equipped.  The family will be used to TELL GOD’s STORY.  I don’t know about you but what an incredible honor…to be used as a family in God’s Story.

Gives me goosebumps :)

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.