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Does your life feel a bit chaotic right now? Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising these little boys God has given you?



Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus?



In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that only Christ can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and even our own hearts.



I know that I can’t do this alone. I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.



But guess what… I also need YOU. We boy moms gotta stick together, right?



Through bible study, book reviews, family routines, and interviews, we will learn together how to raise courageous boys who love Jesus.



I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.

Redeeming the Chao‪s‬ Laurie Christine

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Does your life feel a bit chaotic right now? Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising these little boys God has given you?



Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus?



In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that only Christ can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and even our own hearts.



I know that I can’t do this alone. I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.



But guess what… I also need YOU. We boy moms gotta stick together, right?



Through bible study, book reviews, family routines, and interviews, we will learn together how to raise courageous boys who love Jesus.



I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.

    The Family Bible Podcast - Episode 000 - INTRO

    The Family Bible Podcast - Episode 000 - INTRO

    Welcome to the Family Bible Connection!

    Do you want your kids to KNOW the Bible and GROW in their love for God & others? Do you want to prepare your kids to GO into the world as passionate followers of Jesus?  

    THE FAMILY BIBLE CONNECTION PODCAST IS FOR YOU!

    I’m your host, Laurie Christine. Through interviews, instruction and inspiration, I will help you connect with your kids and create a Christ-centered culture in your home.

     

    • 41 sec
    Battles and Bombs and Booby Traps - OH MY!

    Battles and Bombs and Booby Traps - OH MY!

    It’s no mystery that our boys love fighting and adventure.  They are drawn to TV shows and movies that involve blood, battles, bombs and booby traps.  In their play, someone is always getting killed or blown up.  Our boys thrive on fighting evil and taking risks. In our episode today, we’re going to find out why God created our boys in this way.







    WELCOME TO EPISODE 19 OF REDEEMING THE CHAOS, WITH LAURIE CHRISTINE.







    WILD AT HEART







    In the last episode of Redeeming the Chaos, we looked at the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge.  We learned that our boys were created to uniquely reflect God’s image in their masculinity.  We learned that God created our boys to be wild and dangerous.  And we learned that God created our boys with the desire to fight battles and live for adventure.  If you haven’t yet listened to that episode, go back and listen to Episode 18.







    Today, we’re going to look a little deeper into these two desires: An adventure to live and a battle to fight. 







    BOYS WANT AN ADVENTURE TO LIVE







    First let’s take a closer look at our boys’ desire for adventure. 







    John Eldredge says that our boys so often hear the word “DON’T” in their young lives.  







    “Don’t climb on that, don’t break anything. Don’t be so aggressive, don’t be so noisy, don’t be so messy, don’t take such crazy risks.  But God’s design,” eldredge states,  “which he placed in boys as the picture of himself — is a resounding YES. Be fierce, be wild, be passionate.”  p. 36, Wild at Heart.







    Moms…when our boys are being loud, aggressive and passionate, remember that they are reflecting God’s character.  How can we allow our kids to take reasonable risks in their lives? How can we say yes more than we say no?  Am I willing to release some of my control and allow my boys to be wild and dangerous? 







    Our boys are just not happy unless they are pursuing adventure and taking risks.  







    I’m sure you can tell me countless stories of your boys living on the edge… perhaps quite literally!  







    All of my boys have been climbers from the time they were able to crawl. Pretty much every time we go to a playground or a park, a worried mother or grandmother comes running over to me, points to the top of a tree or a rock or the swingset, and asks in a terrified voice, “Are those your boys way up there??” To which I always smile and nod and reply, oh yes, they are just fine.







    John Eldredge recounts a time when he found one of his boys with a rope tied out his second floor bedroom window, preparing to rappel down the side of the house.  







    He says, “The recipe for fun is pretty simple raising boys: add to any activity an element of danger stir in a little exploration, add a dash of destruction and you’ve got yourself a winner.” p.13 Wild at Heart.







    LIVING BY FAITH MEANS TAKING RISKS







    We talked in the last episode about how our life as a Christian is all about taking risks… about stepping into the unknown with God and trusting that he is good. That’s what living by faith is all about.  Living by faith always involves an element of risk.







    Eldredge says that God “created the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by faith.” p.202, Wild at Heart







    So, when we allow our boys to take calculated risks in their lives; when we allow them to try,

    • 16 min
    Why are my boys so wild?

    Why are my boys so wild?

    Have you ever asked yourself… Why are my boys so WILD?  Why do they have so much energy? Why are they so loud and rambunctious and aggressive?  In today’s episode, we’re going to find out where this wildness comes from.















    Welcome to episode 18 of Redeeming the Chaos with Laurie Christine! 







    (In case you forgot, The Family Bible Connection is now Redeeming the Chaos).







    HEY THERE, BOY MOM!







    Does your life feel a bit chaotic right now?  Do you feel overwhelmed by the weight of responsibility to raise those little boys God has given you?  







    Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus? 







    In all the chaos of raising boys, we recognize that Christ is the only who can redeem the chaos in our world, our homes, and even our own hearts.







    I know that I can’t do this alone.  I desperately need God to give me strength every step of this journey.  







    But guess what… I also need YOU.  We boy moms gotta stick together, right?  







    I’d love for you to join me on this wild, wonderful, chaotic adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting their hearts to Christ.







    WHY ARE MY BOYS SO WILD?







    So, why are my boys so WILD?  Why do they have so much energy? Why are they so loud and rambunctious and aggressive?  As moms, we often see these traits as negative… we find ourselves telling our boys to “Be calm, be gentle, be quiet…”  







    But did it ever occur to you that our boys are wild because God made them this way?  Did it ever occur to you that they are actually reflecting the image of God in their wildness and loudness and stubbornness? 







    WILD AT HEART – A MOM’S PERSPECTIVE







    I recently re-read the book Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge (affiliate link). I had read it back in the early 2000’s, before I was married, as did just about every single girl in her early-20’s back then.  I read it from the perspective of a potential wife, waiting for my “Prince Charming” to come sweep me off my feet.  (And of course we all read “Captivating,” also written by John Eldredge along with his wife Stacy).  







    Recently, a friend of mine encouraged me to read Wild at Heart again, but this time from the perspective of a mom with four boys.  







    And so I did. For the next few podcast episodes, I am going to share with you what I learned from the book Wild at Heart.  If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out.  You can order your own copy HERE on Amazon (affiliate link).







    CORE DESIRES OF EVERY BOY







    In today’s episode, I’m going to give you an overview of the three core longings that God has placed in the heart of every boy, and also discuss how our boys reflect the image of God in all the things that make them boys.  In future episodes, I will dig a little deeper into several of those core desires, as well as talk about the “heart-wound” that all boys receive at one point or another, and what we can do to minimize the impact of that wound.







    Eldredge states that boys were created with 3 core longings, placed there by God:







    * A Battle to fight* An adventure to live* A beauty to rescue







    For now, we are going to focus mainly on the first two desi...

    • 14 min
    My podcast has a new name!

    My podcast has a new name!

    Hey friends!  In my last episode, I promised an exciting announcement:  The Family Bible Connection is getting a new name!  Stay tuned!  

    Welcome to episode #17 of The Family Bible Connection Podcast with Laurie Christine! 

    NEW DIRECTION

    Well, I am going to just jump right in and tell you all about the new direction that my podcast is heading.  

    As many of you know, I am a mom of 4 boys, ages 4, 6, 8 and 10. I feel a heavy burden and desire to raise my boys to obey God’s Word and to fall in love with Jesus.  



    Many of my episodes so far have dealt with the topic of creating a Christ-centered culture in your homes.  Don’t worry – we will continue to talk about this!  But perhaps with a slightly different focus.  

    As I’ve evaluated my own family, I’ve come to realize that the Bible cannot be taught in a vacuum.  I can’t just have a designated time for “family devotions” and hope for heart change, if I’m not also paying attention to the full scope of needs of my children.  

    (Not that I’ve been ignoring their needs… we just haven’t been talking about it on this podcast).  

    So, in order to better serve you all, I’ve decided to both narrow down AND expand the focus of this podcast.  Let me explain:  

    The narrowing down part:  I am going to be focusing the content of my podcast episodes to be more specifically relevant for moms of boys.  This doesn’t mean that if you have girls, you won’t be able to benefit.  You certainly will and you’re more than welcome to stick around! (I hope that you do!)  But going forward, I’m going to choose topics that are more specifically relevant to raising boys.  

    The expanding part: I will not only be talking about how to teach the Bible to our boys, but also talking about other areas of parenting such as family routines, character building, and culture… all as it relates to raising godly young men.  

     

    NEW NAME

    And now for the big announcement… 

    The new name for my podcast is:  “Redeeming the Chaos.”  

    As I’ve talked with so many other boy moms, one of the underlying themes that seems to be universal in raising a household of boys is:  “chaos.”  And as you add more boys to your family, the chaos seems to grow exponentially.  Especially in the little years.

    The general feeling that seems to be common to so many moms of boys is a feeling of overwhelm and inadequacy.  “How am I going to teach them anything about God when they won’t sit still for one second?”  “God, are you sure you want ME to do this job?”  “How can I raise strong, courageous young men in our society when the world seems to be pushing so hard against me?”  

    Now, I don’t want to deceive you into thinking that I have all the answers to these questions.  I am on this journey with you.  My boys are 4,6,8 and 10.  I am right in the thick of trying to raise godly sons and most days I am terrified by the weight of the responsibility.  Can you relate?  



     

    Do you feel unworthy,  ill-equipped, or inadequate to raise godly men in our world today?  

    Are you overwhelmed by the chaos of the every-day life of raising boys? 

    Do you want to raise strong, courageous young men who are fully committed to following Jesus? 

    I invite you to join me in the wild, wonderful, chaotic journey of discipling our boys and connecting them to Christ.

     

    NEW MEANING

    I have chosen the new name “Redeeming the Chaos” for several reasons: 

    • 11 min
    Christmas in the Chaos

    Christmas in the Chaos

    How do you celebrate Christmas in the chaos? I actually threatened to cancel Christmas last week.  Not one of my best moments.  Also, I have an exciting announcement at the end of this episode. You won’t want to miss it!  Welcome to episode #16 of The Family Bible Connection Podcast with Laurie Christine!  I don’t know about your house, but my kids have been extra chaotic lately.   It’s so easy to get discouraged with all the fighting and bickering and whining and complaining.  It’s tempting to feel like I’ve failed to convey what Christmas is really all about.  How many of you have actually threatened your kids with statements like, “Well, I’m not sure you deserve any presents this year”  or “If you don’t stop fighting with your brother, I’m going to take away all the presents.”   In a moment of craziness earlier this week, I actually told my kids that we might just have to cancel Christmas.   But then the Lord spoke to my heart, and reminded me of something. I sat my kids down and I said to them:   “You know what?  Your Dad and I give presents to you because we love you so much.  We want to bless you!  We love to see you delight in the gifts we have given you.  And it’s not because you deserve the presents.  You haven’t earned the presents with your good behavior and you can’t lose presents for bad behavior.  There’s nothing you can do to make us love you anymore, and there’s nothing you can do to make us love you any less.  That’s just not how Christmas works.”   And the beauty of it all is that this is how God sees Christmas as well.  He didn’t send Jesus because we deserved it.  He didn’t send Jesus because we had earned it with all our good behavior.  (Quite the opposite!)  In fact, he gave us the greatest gift right in the middle of the chaos, right in the middle of our messy, sinful lives. He gave us Jesus because of his overflowing, overwhelming, un-ending love for us.  There’s nothing you can do to make God love you any more, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you any less.  That is the true message of Christmas.  Christmas in the chaos.   Mommas, I want to remind you again that parenting is a long-term investment.  Don’t get discouraged when your kids are complaining yet again that there aren’t enough presents under the tree. Or when they roll their eyes when you tell them it’s time to read the Christmas story from the Bible.  Don’t give up.  Each year you are building on the foundation of the year before.  Don’t feel like you’ve failed or that your kids have totally missed the whole point of Christmas.   Continue to be faithful to the work God has given you.  Continue to celebrate Christmas in the chaos. God is working.  One hug, one story, one moment at a time, God is opening the hearts of your kids to know Him and love Him and embrace His greatest gift. If you are still looking for a resource to help make Christmas more meaningful for your kids this year, I have a gift for you.  My ebook, The Night the Angels Got Lost is a short, 3 part Christmas devotional that will be perfect for you to read together with your kids.  Read the story the 3 days leading up to Christmas, or you can read the whole thing on Christmas morning.   This book will not only bring a fresh perspective to your Christmas celebrations, it will also help you understand the significance behind the coming of the Promised Child – the Lamb of God who would one day be killed as a sacrifice for our sins.   The past three episodes, I actually read the story right here on the podcast.  You are welcome to go back and listen to episodes 13, 14 & a href="https://www.lauriechristine.

    • 16 min
    Family Christmas Devotional

    Family Christmas Devotional

    Are you looking for a family Christmas devotional to read with your kids this year?  Maybe you’ve procrastinated and feel like it’s too late to start reading a 25 day advent devotional with your kids.  Well, I have good news for you.  

    Welcome to episode #15 of The Family Bible Connection Podcast with Laurie Christine! 

    My ebook, The Night the Angels Got Lost is a short, three-part family Christmas devotional that will be perfect for you to read together with your kids.  You can read the story over three days leading up to Christmas, or you can read the whole thing on Christmas morning.  

    This book will not only bring a fresh perspective to your Christmas celebrations, it will also help you understand the significance behind the coming of the Promised Child – the Lamb of God who would one day be killed as a sacrifice for our sins.  



    I wonder if the shepherds understood the significance of the baby in the manger?  I wonder if they made the connection between the lambs they were raising to be sacrificed in the temple, and the Lamb of God who would one day be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world?  

    In last week’s episode of The Family Bible Connection, I read to you Part TWO of my family Christmas devotional, The Night the Angels Got Lost.  If you missed the first part, go back and listen to episode 014.  You can listen to part ONE in episode 013.

    Today I’m going to continue reading Part THREE. You’re welcome to grab your kids and listen to the episodes together, or listen to it with them again later.  There are discussion questions that go along with each section of the story.  

    You’re also welcome to download your own copy of the story. You can download your free copy HERE.

    If you prefer listening to reading, you can listen to Part Three here:

    CLOSING PRAYER

    Lord, thank you that you are a God who does what you say you are going to do. You kept your promise to send the Promised Child, the Messiah, the Redeemer, into the world. You sent Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  We no longer have to offer up the blood of innocent lambs to pay for our sins, because Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God who took away our sin for all time. 

    This Christmas, when we look at the baby in the manger, help us to remember the reason Jesus came into this world… to offer himself in our place, to take the punishment for our sins that we deserved. Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of all – your Son Jesus. Amen.

    RESOURCES

    As I mentioned before, I have a free copy of The Night the Angels Got Lost for you to download.  Download your copy HERE. In addition, when you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of my ebook, The Promised Child – 25 Days of Scripture Readings about the coming of Jesus.

    GIVE ME A CALL!  

    Do you have a special Christmas tradition that you do as a family that helps you to keep Christ at the center of Christmas?  Give me a call, and you just might hear yourself in my next podcast episode!  Leave a message at 717-723-9338 and tell me how your family tries to keep Christ at the center of Christmas.  Feel free to let me know about a favorite resource or activity that you love.  (And don’t worry – I won’t actually answ...

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