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About Debi Walter

Debi Walter co-authors The Romantic Vineyard with her husband, Tom, where they write about marriage, faith, romance, and more! You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and their blog.

When Fear Becomes Our Motivator – The Swinging Pendulum of Parenting

When you hear the word “Gatekeepers” what do you picture? I imagine a scene from the Wizard of Oz where all the monkeys are standing guard determined to keep out intruders. Yo-Ee-Yo-O-O-Oh...It’s scary and intimidating. A good thing when it comes to the evil that the Bible refers to as “crouching at the door,” (Genesis 4:7). But we mustn’t treat our children as if they are the evil ones when it may be that they are being tempted. And yet it is all too easy to respond this way when fear becomes our motivator. "What-Ifs" with Children ---> Fear Becomes Our Motivator Most of us are tempted to fear when we discover our children are being tempted to sin or have sinned. We imagine all … [Read more...]

Gatekeepers of Faith, Not Fear

Do you ever battle fear for your children? I think all of us do - at least at some point in their lives! As parents, it's our job to be their gatekeepers while they're in our home. But we're called to guard their hearts and minds in faith, not fear. Gatekeepers of Faith, Not Fear The dictionary defines gatekeepers as:  One that is in charge of passage through a gate. One who monitors or oversees the actions of others.  It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. The protection of the city depended on the gatekeepers’ job performance. If an enemy approached, it was their job to alert the people. Precautions had to be made and action required by all when the … [Read more...]