Are you being a help or a hindrance in your child’s personal faith journey? I can’t image that any parent would purposely be a hindrance. We all want what is best for our children, and have in mind what we think is the best way to accomplish all we want for them. Unfortunately, if we aren’t careful, we can actually be a hindrance and not even realize it. I don’t want that, I know you don’t either!
So what’s a mom to do?
Take the time to reflect on how God parents you and then turn around and do the same for your children! That’s how! And how does God parent you? By lavishing you with grace. From the moment you are conceived to the very end of your life, you are showered with grace from your heavenly Father. He draws you to Himself, makes you His child, and carries you through each day. As a parent, we can purpose to stay connected to our Source of grace, and then we can be a channel by which God’s grace is shown. We have the amazing privilege of being the very first people who will live out and introduce the gospel of Grace to our children!
Of course we love this concept, but what do you do when you find yourself in the middle of the daily grind of fussy babies, piles of diapers, willful two year old, sibling battles, loads of laundry, and all that comes with the daily in and out of raising children? At times you can find yourself stuck in survival mode.
“A short read filled with great ideas and practical ways of showing your kids love and grace, and perhaps even pointing them and their friends who may enter your home to God. Somewhat more geared towards the teen years, but as a mom of toddlers I still got a lot out of it.” –Katie
You must prepare yourself to live a life of grace with your children.
This is something that I am very passionate about! So passionate, in fact, that I wrote a book about it! Let me introduce to you: Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day
Grace Gifts is not meant to be another book of standards for you to try and measure up to. It is not just another “to do” list for you to follow. My goal in sharing the things that God is so graciously teaching my husband and me is to encourage you away from rules and lists–and the striving and fear that go with them–and instead free you up to be encouraged to relax, to enjoy your children, and learn how to see them as the amazing individuals God made them to be. To encourage you to parent your children with grace.
So why do we celebrate our children? Because our Heavenly Father celebrates us, every day. And, like our children, we need His gentle reminders of grace that point us back to the cross. We see in our opening scripture passage, Zephaniah 3:17, that God celebrates His children! We also see in Isaiah 62:5 that He rejoices over us “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” In the same way God rejoices over and celebrates us, we can rejoice over and celebrate our own children, showing them a picture of the Father!
“A breath of fresh air! I read this in one sitting. Felt peaceful, hopeful, and inspired when I finished. Helped redirect me towards loving my children as my closest neighbors. Highly recommend.” –Jason
Would you like to learn how to connect with your children and how to be their biggest cheerleader no matter what stage of parenthood you find yourself in? I would love to share with you a few ideas that I have gleaned and put into action over many years of parenting and life as a family. No matter your child’s age, I believe there is something here you can do today to draw closer to your kids and to help draw your kids closer to God. My prayer is that God will use these suggestions to help you celebrate your children every day!
Join me as I share practical ways in which we can celebrate our children, at any age, by lavishing them with grace, helping them to gain an understanding of what God does for each of us on a daily basis.