PART 4: AGES 5-10
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I've been sharing with you through this series of blog posts what we've been discussing in the spring semester of The Mom's Bible Study: Raising up boys and girls. It is a journey that stirs everything in our souls. We know parenting is full of unpredictability. We are uncertain of what is happening now and what is going to happen in the future.
The uncertainty can cause fear.
Many of our fears as parents are based upon memories. We work overtime thinking about our past fears and being anxious about the future. Yes, we need a healthy fear and awareness of what is going on, but we often allow our fear to overwhelm us.
So what do we do with the fear?
- Have confidence in God and His love for you and your child.
- Talk about your fears with your spouse, family, or friends.
- Step outside parenting and be a person not just a parent.
- Use calm words and a calm presence when dealing with kids.
- Stay alert (looking) in confidence for what God is doing.
- God’s perfect love casts out fear. We have to be willing to forgive and humble ourselves so we can parent out of love.
ENJOY YOUR KIDS
God picked each child He places in your life for His glory. So enjoy who they are. Enjoy being with them and what they bring out in you. God places them in our life so we can deal with our own stuff. He knows what we need to be in close relationship with Him. You cannot directly change your kid’s heart, but God can!
The quality of relationship with your kids is what lasts. Celebrate them! Celebrate who they are, when they win and when they lose. Play with them, laugh with them, cry with them. Experience emotions together and teach them how to express their emotions in a healthy way.
They may not show how grateful they are now for all the energy, time, hope, and love it takes to raise them. In the long run they will remember that you believed in them and cheered them on!
Hang in there! It is not easy! The stirring in your soul can be hard, but Shandon's Children’s Ministry is here to walk beside you. Our church is here to support you in love as you raise your small people for Him!
We are praying this for your family:
“May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir-not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God of our Father of our Master Jesus!”
Romans 15:5-6, The Message
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