SHEPHERDING
THE HEART

Moral Precepts for a Teachable Heart

In this section, you will find guidance on how to cultivate godly qualities and attributes within your children’s hearts. Lessons on developing moral precepts such as gratitude, obedience, and service can be found here. Written with the parent of school-age children in mind, but also valuable for children (and adults!) of all ages.

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Moral Precepts for a Teachable Heart

How do we reach our children’s hearts and guide them in developing righteous, godly character? Learn how to be a good leader and shepherd to your children, emulating Jesus Christ’s own example as the Good Shepherd. 

Courage

Faith in God is regularly developed through courage in trusting Him. Courage is a foundational character trait in the life of a Christian. Learn how to actively build it in your children’s lives and learn about the “giants” that tend to keep us from moving forward in faith and confidence. 

Gratitude

An attitude of choice and deep appreciation, gratitude should be a fundamental trait of a Christian. Help your children cultivate this beautiful quality, even through hardships, ultimately looking to God as the giver of all good gifts. Counteract selfishness with gratitude.

Honesty

How do you instill the value of honesty in your children in a society that devalues it? What does a life of truth look like in a servant of God? Find answers to these questions and even more wisdom in our study on honesty.

Joy

Could you and your family use more joy in your lives? God commands us to rejoice and to have joy, despite the dreariness and dangers of this world. Delve into this study to find out how to increase your joy and more fully experience this beautiful trait of the fruit of the Spirit.

Kindness

Kindness is a topic that goes much deeper than just being outwardly polite. It springs from a deep desire to love our neighbor and extend godly compassion to others. Help your children learn and develop sincere thoughtfulness in action through kindness.

Obedience

Obedience is an attitude of the heart, demonstrated through love and trust. Read about how to cultivate the attitude of obedience in your children, learn about positive roles of authority, and discover how the concept of sowing and reaping reinforces this necessary and sometimes misunderstood quality.

Peace

Just how do you wage battle with peace? What are some common barriers to peace and what can you do about them? Learn the answers to these questions and how to actively pursue the peace of God within your family and beyond.

Serving

Proper Christian service requires an outward focus on the needs of others carried out in humility and not self-seeking glory. It emulates our ultimate example, Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve. Develop this habit in your family and see how one person truly can make a difference.