Eighteen years ago, I found myself smack in the middle of raising a house full of little ones. I was in seminary at the time, and to be honest, I was just trying to survive. Life felt chaotic, but I knew deep in my soul that there was nothing more valuable than knowing God myself and helping my kids to know who He really is.
So I began searching for resources that could help me as a tired, but ever-hopeful, mom. My kids were SO curious, and as we read our story Bibles, they were full of questions about what kind of slingshot David used, how long Moses floated in a basket, and what kinds of fruits were in the Garden of Eden. I loved their never-ending questions, but in the midst of them, I found myself struggling to get them to connect to the heart of God — His character and His power in their lives.
This is when I began dreaming about The Story of God.
Moms, can you relate to any of what I was feeling at that time? To the feeling of struggling to keep your head above water while also being so full of love for your kids, it hurts? To the endless questions? To the burden deep in our souls for our kids to know how much God loves them and to love him in return? As a mom of four, let me say firsthand — I know it can feel overwhelming.
So when I started working on the The Story of God books, I had you in mind. I wanted to create resources that would come alongside parents like you to help you pull back to the BIG story of God. When kids are little, we’re often reading to them individual stories of the Bible, and honestly, sometimes God gets hidden behind them. In The Story of God, kids won’t just find stories — they’ll find an adventure that is beckoning them to be a part of it. I believe that when we know the big story of God, we know how to find our place in it. We know how to not get completely discouraged when everything gets chaotic, and we know how to hope for something bigger than our short lives here.
One of our main values is that we believe that God wants to use parents. We believe that God is working directly in your child’s life and will use your intentional shepherding of your children, no matter how imperfect. Scripture is full of beautiful examples of God calling and equipping flawed people, from Moses to David to the twelve disciples. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (ESV).
You may feel today that your parenting isn’t “good enough,” that you don’t have the knowledge to disciple your kids in a meaningful way, or that you’re just too tired to make an impact. But we want to come alongside you to help you feel equipped. God chose YOU to be your kids’ mom, and even on days when you feel like you haven’t gotten one thing right, you can rest in the truth that He placed you in your home for a purpose.
In 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, Paul says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (ESV).
As you go throughout your days with your kids, remember: God calls us to plant and water the seeds of our kids’ faith in intentional discipleship, but it is Him and Him alone who grows. So take the pressure off yourself, moms. God is doing a good work in your kids’ lives, and He will use even your smallest seeds!
Give your kids a big view of God from creation to heaven with The Story of God Box Set by Jennie Allen. The Story of God is a five-book set enclosed in a beautiful keepsake box, and equips parents with simple, engaging tools that fuel their kids’ curiosity. These books help children understand God’s character and their relationship with the Creator. Books are written in first person — God’s voice to the child in an easy-to-understand, captivating way — and deal with tough topics and big concepts in a way that children can understand. Each book includes a simple activity guide to inspire great memories and conversations with your kids, based on each story you will read to them.
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