I was pleased to hear that you are coming to speak in my area. I know that I’ll be there and I’d like to also bring my daughter, however I am not sure as to the content of your testimony.
She is 8-years-old, and has been relatively sheltered. She understands many of the worldly temptations since we discuss them openly, but the points in between making the bad decision and the bottom of the pit have not been spelled out to her in detail.
Would it be appropriate to bring her? If not, what age would be? I have a number of friends with the same question.
I am looking forward to meeting you. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
Thank you so much for your question. I actually wish people asked me this more often! It’s important to know what we are allowing our children to listen to even if it’s a Christian testimony and someone you grew up watching.
I do believe my testimony is appropriate for any age although it’s most relatable to teens and adults. I don’t talk about sex in length although I mention it once by using the word “intimate.” I briefly mention being a “drug addict or alcoholic” in talking about those things I wasn’t.
The strongest topic is about Heaven and Hell. I openly talk about Hell–not describing the pit, but sharing how we are all bound for it, if not for the grace of Jesus Christ. I have a 9, an 8 and a 6-year-old child. The two older ones have heard my talk (my six-year-old just isn’t interested.) 😉 We talk about heaven and hell openly at home. Without the talk of Hell, Heaven would not make sense, or would lessen its indescribable awesomeness. Some parents feel that only God’s love should be talked about with a child, but I beg to differ. I believe that by sharing the WHOLE gospel–which includes sin and Hell–they’ll experience a stronger walk into adulthood.
I hope this helps you. In case you’re still in doubt, you can also listen to my testimony on my website. I keep pretty close to what you’ll hear on the site, although I’ll often share other stories as the spirit leads me as well.
Thank you again for such an important question and I hope to see you, with our without your daughter as the Lord leads you!