Our children are maturing quickly, much faster than James and I would like! Isaac is counting the days until he can get his learner’s permit, and Violet is learning how to negotiate the emotional craziness of junior high. As our children grow older, James and I realize how sexualized the world has become. Television, movies, music, the internet, and even commercials contain sexual images and messages suggesting that sexual desires should be embraced and explored freely. Pornography is becoming an increasing problem for children (both male and female) with the average age of first exposure being just 11 years old.
Sex is a blessing from God that creates an intimate relationship between husband and wife, but the world’s culture cheapens it. As spiritual leaders in our homes, we have the unique opportunity to help our children develop a healthy, God-honoring view of their sexuality by sharing God’s plan for them.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. --1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Talking with your child about sex can be very uncomfortable for the parent and the child. James and I used the book, “Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality” by Jim Burns to map out a plan of how to approach these difficult topics about sex, creating a safe environment where we can have open and honest discussions with our kids. Our hope is that our children will make godly decisions about sex throughout their lives so they can fully enjoy God’s blessings!
This Sunday Vincent Hollingsworth will focus us on what God says about sexual immorality as we dive into 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. I pray God blesses your family, that He is the center of every aspect of your life, and that you remember who you are, that you were bought at a price by a God who loves you!