Kreed is the fifth of our six sons. He is 12 years old and loves to be outdoors. To the best of my knowledge, he is the first son that asked me to take him turkey hunting. I am no turkey expert, but I had shot two turkeys when I was in my 20s. In the picture above you see Kreed with his first turkey.
It’s amazing how God can use life experiences to build relationships. Without realizing it, I had spent time talking, listening, planning, practicing, scouting, getting up early, and surviving cold and rainy weather with Kreed. This turkey hunting experience made our relational bond stronger.
After bagging the turkey, we chose to smoke the meat and have a special meal to celebrate. Next to the picture of Kreed is a picture of the turkey after we smoked it on a Davy Crockett Green Mountain Grill.
Kreed and I are both thankful for these memories that we will never forget.
I chose to make the word "turkey" an acronym to challenge me as parent to be intentional about making these memories with my children.
-T ake your child somewhere to spend Quality time together.
-Understand your child, be a good listener, and ask good questions.
-R elationally connect on a deeper level than regular life demands.
-Koinonia - the greek word for fellowship that means having fun together in Jesus' name.
-Eternal focus - Pray and seek Biblical answers with your child about current events in their life to make the transition from an earthly focus to an eternal focus.
-Yes is an affirming answer to the heart of the child. "No" is an appropriate answer many times in life, but lets practice saying "yes" more, whenever we can.
"Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6 ESV