As parents of two young kids, Josh and Christi Straub know how difficult it can be to wrangle a family together to learn about God’s Word.
“It can feel like a pipe dream some days,” according to the Straubs. “Busyness creeps in. Tempers flare. Just getting the kids in bed sometimes feels like a massive parenting win.”
But the Straubs, who both serve as marriage and family coaches, believe busyness doesn’t have to be a barrier for parents to raise up children in the way they should go. To help parents with this calling, the Straubs have released a new study with LifeWay Christian Resources called “Homegrown: Cultivating Kids In the Fruit of the Spirit.”
“Homegrown” is structured after Moses’ key times of the day listed in Deuteronomy 6 — a passage that implores parents to talk to their kids about God’s Word when they sit in their house, walk along the road, lie down and get up.
Putting a modern spin on these moments of the day, the Straubs structure each session of the study around morning prayers, dinnertime stories, bedtime questions and activities that can be completed in the car or anywhere.
“We designed ‘Homegrown’ so families can learn about the fruit of the Spirit but also have opportunities to apply it in their homes,” Josh said. “It’s not like you’re sitting down to have a Bible study with your kids. You’re implementing discipleship into the times of the day when you’re already with them.”
Josh said he and Christi wanted to write about the fruit of the Spirit because it’s a topic that applies to every member of the family and because it’s a subject kids and adults never outgrow.
“I see this so often and am guilty of it myself: knowing a certain principle about the Bible, but not living it out,” he said. “I may be familiar with a biblical truth in my head, but I’m not translating it to my heart. Exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit is how we know we’re truly growing in Christ.”
Christi says her favorite part of “Homegrown” is how the study allows families to grow together.
More information about “Homegrown” and other parenting resources by the Straubs can be found on LifeWay.com/Homegrown and 226Parenting.com.