In this episode of Parenting with Truth and Grace we interview Jackie Bledsoe. He has been married 14 years to his wife Stephana. Together they have three children Jacie, Jackson and Joshua. On his blog, JackieBledsoe.com he says this:
Being Family-Centered is Important I am very passionate about family, and I work hard to balance my personal, family, and professional lives. I believe faith and family is the foundation of all other aspects of our lives. I work hard to center my personal life and professional life around my faith and my family, not the other way around. I try to do this in a way that helps me, as well as those I’m connected with.
Favorite Verse or Quote
Joshua 1:6-9 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful whenever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
He’s been homeless twice and failed at being the provider he’s wanted to be for his family. However, many of his stories and life lessons have come out of his worst moments. God used those experiences to teach him a lot.
Parenting Ah-ha Moment
A friend taught him this principle… “More is caught than what is taught.” A great reminder that regardless of what we say, what we model speaks the loudest.
Proudest Parenting Moment
That all three of his kids have accepted Jesus as their Savior at a young age. He is especially excited with his experience with his youngest child Joshua as he had the privilege of baptizing him.
One thing you are excited about in this season
He’s excited about the current season they find themselves in. It’s a different place than they’ve been. As a young man he had a false confidence… a confidence in the wrong thing. Today his confidence is truly in the Lord and they are excited about this season of life.
Lightning round –
- Greatest fear – That he wasn’t ready. His daughter was 10 months old when they got married and he wasn’t that strong spiritually.
- Best advice – Lean on Christ. Stay connected to the Lord.
- One of your personal habits that contributes to your success – His morning routine of waking up early and getting some personal time reading and praying before the rest of the family wakes up. Their evening routine of reading and praying with the kids.
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One thing they would do differently
He’d set a proper foundation for his family. He’d also set a proper foundation financially for his family.
Top 3 Priorities for parenting
In his book “The Seven Rings of Marriage” Jackie presents “The Family Manifesto”. It outlines three priorities for living life… to give… to encourage… to teach.