Thanks to our favorite neighbors letting us know the band would be in town, we had the privilege of seeing The Durocher Family band last month in Camas. The Durocher’s are a family of 14 that are musically blessed, the father a pastor. Afterward, we spent some time with one of their girls in the back, who really emulated love for Christ, not simply obedient politeness. Impressive.
We were really blessed by their music and words. And noted their genuineness. When perusing their humble product table in the back, we picked up a cd, as well as a 5-session dvd called Building Strong Families in Post Christian America. Wanting to invest our time wisely, we’re starting the series this Friday evening, leaving the latest Marvel movie in the gutter for the sake of learning as a family (and with friends!).
One thing that we really appreciated about the Durocher’s ministry is their strong encouragement to hold fast to Family Discipleship. Sure, it’s some coined phrase that is loaded with boxed-up assumptions and some negative connotations, but the concept is one that is clearly valuable. It really resonates with us and lines up with our philosophy (and understanding of Scripture) to live modestly, focus on our family (small and large), and keep it as real and close to the earth as possible. The family & home being the foundation of christian living.
When our surroundings to do not look like we believe good and right, or even optimum, we always bring it back to the home – and to share and be a light from an organic place by living by example and sharing completely. If it’s a new concept to you, I’d encourage you to read Mr. Durocher’s blip in magazine (subscribe here): What Is Family Discipleship?
It brings home the reason why our kids are most often with us, be it Sunday morning service, or at endless meetings or otherwise “adult” engagements – not to mention working alongside us always. They learn by being a constant part of things, by interacting with all ages and professions and situations. We see it as offering them more experience and opportunities than limiting their exposure to age/gender-specific learning techniques that are prevalent today. It also allows us, as parents, to filter, train, and guide them based on knowing their intake of information instead of relying on others to do what we believe is our job – and what believe God has been so gracious to allow us the flexibility to do. We are blessed to be in a season that I can stay home, that we can run a homestead business, and that Scott’s hours and income accommodate this. In no way do we think this is the only way to parent, but is the optimum way for us to at this point.
Here is where I’d be remiss not to note the man I married. Never one to lead with a strong hand, he is the most humble, gentle, loving and kind man who encourages and leads our family by being an example and stretching us to always focus on truth. Leaders come in all shapes & forms (as do the led), and I’ve never doubted that God truly blessed me by putting his shape & form into my life.