Counter Culture Character, with Rachael Carman

What does it mean to cultivate a truly Christ-like character and how do we instill that in our children? Join Yvette Hampton as she speaks with popular return guest, Rachael Carman, about a new FREE series Rachael is offering through her website called Counter Culture Character. It’s a fantastic course that will teach you how and why character matters and lead you through a series of practical tips on how to assess, build, and strengthen Christ-like character into your children and, into yourself. 

Rachael is not only a respected author but is also a sought-after speaker. She has been a speaker in over thirty states and seven countries. 

She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. They have seven kids with whom they love to laugh. Together, their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. Rachael enjoys playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.

Scripture mentioned:

Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruit of the Spirit

Proverbs 31:10 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”

Practical tips for building Christ-like character:

Pray that God will show you what needs your attention not only in your children, but also in yourself. Pray that God will be glorified and that you and your children will grow more into the image of His Son Jesus. Pray that He will grant you opportunities to weave in C3 through each day, to give you eyes to see.

Assess character quality strengths and weaknesses for yourself and your children; don’t forget that the enemy is never satisfied with our weaknesses; he also wants to steal our strengths for his purposes. Be honest, but not brutal. Look for character strengths and acknowledge weaknesses. Don’t overwhelm yourself or your kids with too much to work on. This is a journey.

Begin-this is the hardest part, just starting. So, begin slowly always using Scripture and prayer as a guide; this is a process, not an insta-fix. It will take time. Know that this is the training that God blesses because it is heart training. There will be times when you falter. Those are times when you need to simply begin again, anew. 

Dig your heels in, dare to be intentional, dare to deal with the most important issues of the heart by engaging in the battle. Dare to practice prayerful perseverance. Dare to work on your own heart as you seek to train your child’s heart. Dare trust God’s way as you focus on foundational issues of the heart.

Define the weekly focus character quality and discuss it. Sometimes it’s also helpful to define and discuss its opposite. Look at what God’s word says about the CQ and look for it in the life of the Bible character. Set the bar when it comes to Christ’s example and Bible teaching. Then hold the line when it comes to behavior training with consistency and patience.

We were blessed to have Rachael Carman as a speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. Watch Rachael’s session, “What about “That” Child?” from this online homeschool conference.

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