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Arrows Are Made Not Born
By Julie Ferwerda
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daniIt's a funny coincidence, but at the same time I'm launching this book, One Million Arrows, I'm also launching my first arrow, Danielle, out into the big world. She left for college this weekend, and it will be exciting to see the plans God has for this impassioned young woman. She definitely has a heart to light up her world for Jesus, and she is already doing that!

Arrows are made, not born. Raising your children as "arrows for God" is a time-consuming, tedious, intensive process. But I can surely say that the results are always worth it when the time comes to launch them and then you get to watch them soar and hit their target.

When my girls were young, I felt the distinct whisper of the Holy Spirit tell me that my most important job was to hide His Word in their hearts. He would do the rest. At that time, I thought that hiding the Word in their hearts just meant teaching them Bible verses. But in the discovery process, I found it to be so much more.

Hiding the Word in our kids' hearts takes on many forms. Yes, reading it, memorizing it, and talking about it. But also practicing it in everyday life.

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.
— Deuteronomy 11:19

There are so many ways this can be accomplished, and we hope this website will become a great resource of idea sharing for parents of how to make this verse a reality in daily life with our kids, that they might truly change the world for Jesus! I truly believe that as we parents hide the Word in the hearts of our kids, God will do the rest in making them ready and able to hit their target. What joy!


About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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