Have you ever met an amazing family and had the thought, “If only I could be a fly on the wall and find out how they do it!”? Well you’re in luck! We are starting a new series here at the Small Seed that will give you a glimpse into the lives and practices of faith-filled families! We’re starting with some families that we really look up to, but if you have a family you would like us to interview let us know, we would love to see if we can make it work!
These family features are a way for us to dig deeper into how families of all ages teach faith in the home. Through these interviews we hope to share ideas from real stories of real people. We know that no family is alike, and likewise, there is not one right way to teach faith in families, but we are certain that we can be inspired and uplifted by each other as we work together to raise families in faith.
We are finally bringing you our second family feature and are so excited to share! I had the chance to interview Emily Blewitt about her family and what they are doing to teach their young children faith while still learning about it themselves. Brian and Emily have three children, Norah, Elias and Elouise.
Krista: How has your faith been a part of your parenting motives and decisions?
Emily: I feel like it’s been the core of our parenting, or better yet the springboard to our parenting. We have started where our faith is and made decisions based upon that faith. I think there are so many things that Jesus Christ laid out in the scriptures that apply to parenting. Things like forgiveness, patience, and focusing on bettering ourselves as a whole rather that pointing our fingers. These are just some of the things I have learned from trying to follow Christ’s example. But sometimes we come to this wall in our parenting, where although the gospel and scriptures contain what we need for salvation, there also is a lot of communing with God that needs to happen to receive family-specific guidance from God. I’ve seen that my faith and my relationship with God and Jesus Christ— our revelatory relationships, have helped me parent. He’s told me specific things to do with specific children or specific situations. And then what has been so great for me is to see that it’s full circle. The gospel itself has been that springboard for how I parent and then I get those affirmations and answers from God and it reaffirms to me that there is a God and it in turn, strengthens my faith in Him. So for me it has become this beautiful cyclical cycle that strengthens me and my faith.
Krista: I feel like that is a powerful message, the more we seek God for his help to raise his children the more he strengthens us! Is there a specific situation or time where you could give an example of when God has helped you in this way?