5 Truths That Will Refresh Your Parenting Soul

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Wherever you are, whatever you are doing –Just Stop!

Take a moment, and then another, and choose to be still.

Instead of playing the roles of shopper, teacher, cleaner, financial planner, gift wrapper, mother, father, and whatever other…. you get the message—

JUST STOP!

Don’t even slow down, but actually sit down, prop your feet, and rest in His presence.

…. Ahhh, so much better, isn’t it?

Like the psalmist, you will find rejuvenation in the presence of the Lord, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7

As Christian parents raising our children in a secular society, it is important that we remember who we are in Christ. God’s gentle reminder will revive a fresh wind to love our children as He loves us.

Can you hear His still, small voice whispering a knowing that:

    1. God will never love you more nor less than He does right now; He loves you unconditionally with His perfect love. Perfection is not an option for parents, but starting again is. When you mess up, forgive yourself as Christ forgives and move forward. “I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.” Psalm 89:2
    2. You are perfectly designed on purpose, with purpose, and for His purpose. God is doing something new and exciting in your life, and it begins right where you are. No longer like a leaf attached to its limb, you have been catapulted from comfort to adventure. Your child takes you to people and places where you never would have gone to do things you never would have done. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
    3.  You are called to parent this generation to change this nation for Christ. Christian parenting is intentional, never accidental. Committed and perseverant, you can leave this world a better place through your child. “He commanded our fathers (mothers) to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments…” Psalm 78:5-7
    4. You are equipped for the call, and your children are your assignment. Anointed, gifted, talented—You have yet to see the strength and wisdom packaged in your parental DNA to teach your children truth. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
    5. You will finish your parenting race successfully with God on your side. Raising godly children is a marathon race, not a track sprint. We succeed only by relying on Christ. There will be moments of frustration and anticipation coupled with emotions of absolute exhilaration, but through it all, let His Word be your guide, and you will finish well. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

In the midst of the laundry and dirty dishes, beneath the deadlines and bills, He whispers, I have assigned you a calling. Your mission field identifies you,

“Mommy.”  “Daddy.”

And you rise to the title greater than any corporate one given.  A place of the heart, a stirring within the soul—a knowing that you are exactly where you need to be to do exactly what has been assigned to you.

Congratulations, you have been given the gift of parenting—

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”  Psalm 127:3

Blessings! Michelle  🙂

 

 

 

 

You Are Here ON Purpose!

The mathematical probability of a single cell, YOURS, transforming into a living, breathing, thinking body is 1/10,340,000,000…(340 million zeros)scientifically speaking, of course.  Based on science, you defeated the odds; you are the ultimate survivor.  However, with God, there never was a chance that you could NOT exist. 

In other words, You ARE HERE ON PURPOSE, WITH PURPOSE, FOR GOD’S PURPOSE!

According to God’s word, you were always a part of His plan.  You were planned, hand-picked, and designed by God to live the life which you now have.  Your life did not begin at conception, although you were fully alive at that point; rather, your life began the moment God thought of you.  Even with the miracle of your beating heart within 22 days after fertilization, you were God’s dream before Adam and Eve ever jogged the Garden of Eden. Precisely carved and painted, you are God’s greatest masterpiece, a work of art, an original.  Every paint stroke of the Master’s hand is evident in your beautiful display.  Splashed in color– your eyes, hair, and skin are the result of God’s creativity.  Even the time and location of your everyday life are part of His plan for your purpose.

Your purpose doesn’t start later in your life; it starts today.  Besides, if your purpose is not today, but always somewhere in your future, then you would never arrive; tomorrow always becomes today.  Purpose is never a matter of time, it’s always a matter of intention.  Your meaningful life begins with today as you intentionally live to serve.  Your ministry is exactly where you are with the people standing in front of you.  Every situation that you meet today is an opportunity for you to live with purpose.

It took an act of God to get us into our lives.  How could we not live them purposeful?

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”