Someone defined a toddler as an emotionally unstable pint-sized dictator with the uncanny ability to know exactly how far to push you towards utter insanity before reverting to the most loveable creature you’ve ever known. Few daily occurrences inspire more feelings of helplessness than an out of control child—especially your own.

You’ve seen parents fight, argue and harangue in an exhausting but futile effort to bring their child into

order. In public, their life becomes one lengthy apology to other adults interspersed with thinly disguised attention lapses invoking the survival tactic: “If I didn’t notice it, I’m not responsible for dealing with it.” Some just give up, wearing a white surrender flag blanched onto a defeated countenance. One young mother told me, “I know when I’m beaten, but he doesn’t leave home for another 12 years.” The crux? If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up where we are headed.

Many readers are just beginning a family and want to start correctly. Others have pretty well-behaved children but, like good parents, seek deeper understanding. Perhaps a few attitudes persist in your child that feed a growing concern or the teen years approach or a good heart resides where you wish a godly heart did. Some dads and moms admit their ship is sinking, and an accurate profile picture of them might resemble a frazzled dishrag. They’ve already traveled a long way, and the roads weren’t paved.


Hope starts with light. Training produces understanding that yields an action plan cemented by perseverance. I guarantee it won’t always be easy, but it is doable. Spurgeon said, “By perseverance, even the snail reached the ark.” Churchill said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Biblical parenting is more than your best roll of the dice accompanied by a flood of desperately offered prayers for a miracle. Breathe the air of God’s promises and build confidence in the sunlight of His understanding. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Ps. 119:130). As you read, you will have more than one epiphany: “Oh, that’s how it works.” Each success feeds hope. You begin to enjoy your children as God intended—as the days of heaven upon the earth—instead of wrestling them into unhappy submission (Deut. 11:21).


Seeking a Godly Seed serves up training for parents whose goal reaches far beyond merely turning out obedient children to those praying God will use their offspring mightily for the cause of Christ. Seeking is an idea book loaded with scores of practical suggestions that put skin on truth. You will understand why, see examples of how, and receive encouragement to step forward. You can do this, and the reward is eternal.

Imagine a home that is peaceful, children that are happily in order, and a bright future launching well-prepared young adults into healthy relationships and productive ministries for the cause of Christ. Seeking a Godly Seed puts the tools to make that happen into your hands. It is not human wisdom. These are power tools, and the power cords run directly to the scriptures. God’s word applied God’s way produces God’s will. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending (Carl Bard).”

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