HOPE in the beginning…

The more parenting books I read the more I realize that I am completely caught off guard by what it takes to parent God’s way.  When my children were younger and FEWER I really thought that I had parenting down.  When other mommies would talk about hitting their knees every night I would just quietly think to myself “Wow, they must have one doozy of a kid”.  Oh the time of ignorant bliss…

Now, this may sound like I’m complaining but I named this blog very appropriately because while I’m going to be very real with all that I’m walking through (which will sound a lot like complaining I’m sure)…I’m filled with HOPE.  The HOPE of glory…which is Christ in me.  God gave me my children and He has equipped me with all I need to accomplish what He desires.  

Yet I struggle as Paul did in Romans 7:15:

“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

The struggle to be the mother I know my children need is real and evident each and every moment of my day.  I fight laziness, complacency, busyness and most of all my own ugly selfishness.  I love my children and I’d give my life for them…but I don’t!  Isn’t that ironic?  Just being real here and it hurts!  Will I give my life for my children?  

Let’s make it simpler…will I give my TIME for my children?  Ouch.  So, I’m writing this blog because blogging has always been a source of comfort for me.  I’m going to be making changes and challenging myself over the next 3 months and I’d love to have a place to share my struggles and my TRIUMPHS!  YES!  Triumphs!  I am HOPE-FULL!  

I have HOPE that I will grow.  I have HOPE that I will learn and retain.  I have HOPE that I will captivate the hearts of my children and train them up so that they may know this HOPE that sustains me.  

Things to come (long term goals):

  • Being disciplined in time in the Word
  • Cutting out electronic entertainment (kids and me)
  • Being purposeful with CREATIVE one on one play time 
  • Reading to my children DAILY
  • Having family devotional time
  • Start scripture memorization with the fam
  • Establish a way to minister as a familyImage

 

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“It’s not a par…

“It’s not a parent’s responsibility to have GODLY children. It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure their children have GODLY parents.” ~Unknown Author