Parenting Is Not For Wimps!

This week I saw a hilarious Facebook video of a girl age 4 who turned her naked 2 year old sibling into a zebra using a magic marker. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/spicylife.net/videos/815854135204720/

The video is so funny because many of us have “parenting is not for wimps” stories. While some are funny like this, others are stressful, scary, and heart-wrenching. We do our best as parents, but knowing what is best is so very hard. In the messiness of life and mistakes, we all need forgiveness and divine wisdom to get by.

Faith parenting is not for wimps either. This Sunday, Sunday school kicks off at Good Shepherd. The church will be full as parents & kids are ready to start a new year. In our time together we are going to wonder together about what faithful parenting looks like. One of the most important gifts we can give each other is to work together—sharing ideas, stories, prayer, and support.

Our Bible reading the week says, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.” Luke 16:10 What does it look like to be FAITH full as a parent and as a caring adult for all the “littles”? Children are a gift from God. We are called to faithfully care for them—as parents, grandparents, aunts, neighbors, coaches, members of this community, and citizens of the world.

There are many possible answers, and we are not in this alone. Together we will be FAITH full and support each other. Here are some thoughts: 20160828_095840

• We don’t have to Bible experts, just open to learning and growing in relationship to God along with them.
• We don’t have to know all the answers, just take the time to listen and care.
• We don’t have to be perfect, just ready to forgive and ask forgiveness when we mess up ourselves.
• We do need to step out of our comfort zone. Try praying together out loud–YIKES!—at dinner or bedtime about the highs and lows that happened during the day.
• We do need to commit to worship regularly even though getting everyone up and out the door is definitely not for wimps! Sometimes adults are harder to motivate than kids.
• We do need to make time to serve alongside youth & children to model for them what respect and caring for those in need looks like.

What God wants most is a growing relationship with you! What our children need most is adults who are growing in FAITH. On those “parenting is not for wimps” days, take heart, because when it comes to faithfulness, we have a God whose faithfulness never ends. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 God’s love for you and for all God’s children will never fail.

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