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OK mamas, need some Bible references. DH and I are getting ready to have a chat with our kiddos about the types of things that enter our heart through our eyes and ears. We have always been diligent about music and movies and have explained the Biblical principals behind keeping our minds on good things. Now that our children are 11, 14 and 16 we feel like we need to really study this with them so they can take the responsibility of guarding their own hearts as they mature. Our oldest in particular has been listening to music we deem inappropriate, and as a result my youngest likes it also. We can totally ban it, but we want to be sure the kids understand why. And hopefully start being more discerning on their own. We obviously cannot control their choices forever, but we can have house rules, and hopefully instill a sense of what is true, good, and beautiful. I want my 16 year old to have freedom to make some of these choices on his own, which is why we have not yet acted, but with my 11 year old following his lead we feel banning it from our home is best. Really struggling with being too legalistic here, I want my kids to have freedom in Christ, but since hearing this music played is convicting me as a parent I feel I need to act. So any ideas for showing grace and freedom while still keeping the Biblical principals for our home would be appreciated. And of course any Bible verses emphasizing what goes in through our eyes and ears.
Studying all of James and Proverbs in general can be good, comparing wisdom and foolishness. Add verses to your Scripture Memory Box as you go.
Can you replace the bad music with good music? We have always listened to music as a family at lunch and when traveling. You could do a music study of folk songs, hymns, classical composers, world music, etc. You can play Italian dinner music when cooking/eating Italian foods. Same goes for Mexican, etc.
This reminds me of a convention speech I listened to last week from Steve Scheibner called Battling with Behavior. That would be good for you to listen to. He says there are basically two categories of influences: worldly and Biblical. Limit or cut off worldly influences. Encourage Biblical, but in teachable moments. James 1:27
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