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Pulling Our Children to Faith Through Story
Guest Author: Stacey Thacker
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Stacey ThackerI have been thinking a lot about stories. Specifically, the story my children will tell about me when they are older. The story they will tell their children. This is my legacy.

I am reading a book called The Story Factor by Annette Simmons. She says, "Other methods of influence - persuasion, bribery, or charismatic appeals - are push strategies. Story is a pull strategy." See I want to live my life in such a way to pull my kids to Jesus. Not push them. I want my life to draw them closer to Him.

So how do I do that exactly? This of course is the million dollar question and where I must face the cold hard truth. I can't just hope the story turns out in the end okay in the end. There is too much at stake. I have a part to play as well. God is the author, but He does require that I do my part. For me that means I am to pursue Him every day through His Word, pray like crazy that His story will shine through my life, and to be in a small group where I am accountable to others.

And when all that is said and done, I have to tell them, every day, all day long as we are "sitting in our house, walking along the way, when we rise up and when we lie down..." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). But with kids, our stories are told not only in our words, but in our actions. So as I am telling them the story, they are simultaneously watching it unfold before their eyes. My prayer is that these two versions of the story line up and will impress upon their hearts the image of Christ.

About Stacey: "I was born in a small town. My parents live in the same small town..." It is part of who I am.  Today, as a wife and mother of 4 vibrant girls living far from that small town life,  I am continually reminding myself to look forward to what truly matters. This blog is about the glorious journey of what happens in between those two places.   Some of my regular blog posts include:

Multitude Monday - counting 1,000 gifts and being thankful
Thacker GirlsChair Time - this is the place I share what God is teaching me
The Friday Five- interviews with women of faith who inspire me
Worth Mentioning - quotes that capture my heart
Design Girl Wannabe - my effort to make our house a home
The Porch - Where others come and share their hearts!

Visit Stacey's blog at 29 Lincoln Avenue

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