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For over 30 years, Gwen Shamblin Lara has been teaching parents about raising their children in love and kindness by helping parents learn how to build a connection with each child and guide them to a close relationship with their Heavenly Father. Building this connection and relationship is how Gwen raised her own children, and as parents around her started to see the fruit in her children’s lives, more and more sought out Gwen for help. Gwen has now provided thousands of hours in personal counseling for parents, along with video and audio lessons, on how to understand their children, meet their needs and fill their hearts with a relationship with God. In addition to dozens of series geared toward adults, Gwen has produced 10 complete video series for children, plus hundreds of individual talks for parents and kids. She has also written many books, including three children’s books, and many publications for the whole family. The fruit of this has been peaceful, genuinely happy children who love their siblings and love their parents.

"Even if you feel like the world is passing you and your children by, when you choose the single-focus path, you will look up and you’ll see that God has more than kept His word, and that your children’s gifts and their relationship with God and mankind is strong and that their days are full of peace and joy. In other words, they would have grown in wisdom and stature and with favor with men and God by the hand of God."
~Gwen Shamblin Lara in “Barking at Possums” part of Feeding Children Physically and Spiritually, published in 1999

At an early age, these children are making more close friends than today’s adults can even imagine, and they are keeping these friendships for life! These friendships have no cultural boundaries -- in fact, there are families at Remnant Fellowship Church in countries around the globe who stay connected with each other and even participate in the church orchestra, fellowship gatherings, choirs and academic classes using technology such as Facetime and Skype. The classes available to the children have a wide depth and diversity. Gwen has encouraged classes on everything from engineering (taught by engineers!) to animals (taught by a certified wildlife naturalist) to Bible lessons, art, history, harp, violin, ballet, scripture, strength training, Spanish, French, cooking, creative writing, and so many more – even a course in robotics taught by a Vanderbilt computer science professor!

"It should be more important to you as parents that your child’s heart is right, than for them to lose weight. The first foundation is that we need to be wholly devoted to the Father and get our hearts right first, and then we can experience God being the personal tutor of your children."
~Gwen Shamblin Lara in “Barking at Possums” part of Feeding Children Physically and Spiritually, published in 1999

Through these peaceful, love-based teachings on parenting and building the family, worldly trends are being dramatically reversed in a church that defies today’s statistics. Remnant Fellowship families are basically depression-free with virtually no children having diagnoses such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, childhood anxiety or depression. Gwen’s teaching and her example have helped parents reverse existing diagnoses, and we have seen children healed from long-standing childhood obesity, freed from depression, released from the confines of autism, and set free from anger, rage, jealousy, etc. Rather than spending precious family time in counseling sessions, families are living purpose-filled, joyful lives, taking part in school activities and community events. Many of our youth are featured in concerts, plays and other community performances, as well as receiving school-based accolades and honors.

"The most important rule for having normal weight children is to spend your energy on praising God first and second, loving one another at meal times, not loving or worshiping the food and worrying over a missing nutrient. This continual worry translates into a worship of food over the years and confuses the child."
~Gwen Shamblin Lara in “How to Feed Children” part of Feeding Children Physically and Spirituallyy, published in 1999

As children begin to enter the pre-teen and young teen years with this foundational upbringing, they begin to seek God out individually, for their own personal relationship with Him. At this age of confirmation, which is typically around 12 or 13, children are allowed to make their own choice to dedicate their lives to God, making the decision for themselves if they wish to accept their parents’ religion as their own religion. This decision is one they make of their own free will, and it will include baptism into the church and a dedication to strive to keep God and His will as the focal point in their lives.

While Confirmation is a very personal, individual decision, these young teens are of course still provided guidance and direction from parents throughout every stage!

"People following God's ways are saved from extremes. The fruit of following the Spirit of Christ is moderation or self-control resulting in good health."
~Gwen Shamblin Lara in “How to Feed Children” part of Feeding Children Physically and Spiritually, published in 1999

Raising children does not just stop at adolescence, as Gwen also instructs parents on navigating their children’s teenage and young adult years with the same loving and God-focused foundation. Her instruction has helped parents to identify strengths and gifts in their children from an early age, which has allowed the children to hone in on jobs and careers where they will excel. This has avoided one of the most common anxieties in the teen years. Again defying the today’s worsening statistics, these families are enjoying peaceful and fun high-school and college years, with the vast majority of teens receiving scholarships to continue their education, and many graduate college or trade school earlier than average with honors and accolades, as well as job offers upon graduation. These young adults enter the workplace with a sold work ethic and encouraging attitudes, and so they are employed quickly and promoted rapidly, excelling in their fields. They are marrying successfully and buying homes through building a solid financial foundation. These young adults have less debt, more income, excellent health, and a higher standard of living as they progress to building their own new families on the same God-first, loving foundation they themselves were raised upon. Rather than follow the world’s trends of moving away from parents, these young adults are choosing to remain close to family with a huge community-like support network. Rather than growing smaller, the family networks are becoming larger -- and the unity, joy, peace, hope and love are priceless!

Treat babies and children kindly. Kindness begets kindness. If we are kind to our children, they in turn will show kindness to others. Jesus was attentive and kind to children—even when he was carrying out his job responsibilities of preaching and evangelism. He met their needs under all circumstances. He knew of the supreme importance of a child. Babies are very perceptive, and they respond to love and to those who are not selfish but attentive to their needs. Children will gravitate to those who are gentle and who whisper sweet, guiding words.
~Gwen Shamblin Lara "History of the One True God, Volume III - God-Fearing Families"

Guiding parents to raise God-focused, loving, caring, kind and compassionate children from birth to adulthood can be traced back to the original teachings Gwen gave beginning over 30 years ago in a counseling office in Memphis. The fruit of learning how to put God first and truly love your children has grown exponentially each year. As stated earlier, these results defy the world’s statistics, but they are real, and your family can experience this also! For more information, please see RF Next to learn how this is expanding even more in the next generation. You can also read written testimonies from families who have been healed by Gwen’s teachings and watch many videos about how this can work for your family!

As you spend time with your children, you learn all about them, and you see that every child is different. This is a golden opportunity to make sure your main goal is for your child to develop a relationship with God. There is no harshness in God nor Jesus Christ. There is only gentleness.
~Gwen Shamblin Lara "History of the One True God, Volume III - God-Fearing Families"

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