Getting to the Heart of Discipline

“There is far more to parenting than getting our kids to act right.” Today’s guest, author and speaker Ginger Hubbard, sits down for an important conversation about allowing God’s word to inform our discipline, training and prayer for our children. As Ginger points out, as soon as our children are old enough to disobey, they are ready to begin being shaped by the truth of God’s word. Young mom, medium mom, empty-nester or grand mom, this is an episode you will not want to miss.

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Show Notes:

Ginger’s Three Reasons Why We Pray:

1. Prayer is a command of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2. Prayer draws us closer to God.

Deuteronomy 4:7:  “For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?”

3. Prayer releases God’s power.

James 5:16:  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Three Steps to Addressing Our Children’s Tongue Related Struggles:

1. Ask heart probing questions.

2. Reprove: Explain the behavior that needs to be “put off.”

3. Train: Explain what behavior needs to be “put on.”

Ginger’s verse for moms to pray this year:

Psalm 19:14:  “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”


Hebrews 4:12:  “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Ephesians 4:22-24:  “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

1 Corinthians 10:13:  “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Galatians 6:9:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”


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To connect further with Ginger Hubbard, please visit her website

Ginger Hubbard is a sought-after speaker and author, and an award-winning writer. She has spoken at hundreds of parenting conferences, mom’s events and homeschooling conventions across the country. She is a veteran homeschooling mother of two adult children and stepmom to two much-adored stepsons. Jesus saved and southern raised, Ginger enjoys reading, writing and spending time on Lake Martin with her husband. She and her husband reside in Opelika, Alabama.

Comments 12

  1. I’m encouraged by your words that it’s never too late. I’m preparing to guide my grandkids to the word of God and address their heart when the appropriate opportunities present.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! The practice of putting off the old and putting on the new is something that I was just reading about somewhere else today.

  3. Thank you for this podcast! I would love to win the pamphlet and think I’d use it often. What challenged me is letting God’s Word change them instead of my words. I keep thinking if I say the perfect thing, it will finally get to them. No!! I also realized I need to do more instructing of what the right thing should look like instead of only correcting negative behaviors. It seems so obvious like, “Just do the opposite of what you did!”, but maybe it’s not so intuitive when you’re five and stuck in a habit of a certain behavior.

  4. This podcast challenged me in the everyday mothering of 3 young boys… Parenting not only with my words but God’s word & prayer to get to the child’s heart. Importance of not only what to “put off” but also what to “put on”. Also eye opening pointing out the tattling (looking to get other siblings in trouble) in our house is a form of rejoicing in evil.

  5. I love when she takes the time to apologize to her kids when she spoke our of frustration and used that as a learning tool. I will be more aware of opportunities to model even when I make mistakes.

  6. Great podcast. Focusing on what’s behind the behavior is so important. Galatians 6:9 is one of the verses I reflect on often. It is a sweet reminder that we are standing in the gap for our children.

  7. Thank you for sharing. Such a great encouragement for our own words to be pleasing to the Lord and to be that example when we do make mistakes to show humility and Gods working in our own hearts. Also love the reminder that we should not give up

  8. Thank you for this helpful info! The advice on Focusing on the heart issue and not just trying to get my kids to “behave” really impacted me!

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