Ahhh… My sweet friends, I can’t tell you how much I’ve needed this time to sit down, unwind, light a candle, sip on a warm cup of “calm” tea and chat with you!
It’s been a long weekend and I’ve let my focus slip from my new found purpose in parenting, back to my old ways (which are full of burden and stress)! I am SO thankful to have this time to share with you (and remind myself of) all the wonderful truths that I learned (just over a week ago) from the gracious and wise Sally Clarkson!
(All quotes included in this post came from the Mom Heart Conference… See disclaimer at end of post.)
Do you ever feel like a bad mom? Like your child’s life is going to fall to pieces if you don’t do everything just right?
Have you carried that weight around with you?
Have you unknowingly seen yourself as the author and perfecter of your child’s life and future?
If you have, you’re not alone. And, boy, do I have some freeing news for you!
Your children were made in the image of God!
They are not empty vessels waiting to be filled by you, hoping that you put in the right ingredients to produce the kind of person that will do well in life and please the Lord.
They have been created by the Living God in HIS image!
Their minds have been created to worship the Lord.
God Almighty is at work in them this very minute!
I don’t know about you, but I have often seen my boys as children for whom only I am responsible for filling with knowledge of all good things and it’s a make it or break it system. If I fail, they will, too.
But, that’s not the case.
God is at work in your children’s lives. He is making them what He wants them to be! And He has “called us to build HIS love into the lives of our children!”
Our greatest role, then, is to be an example of HIM to them.
“We must be the parents who become the flesh of Christ to our children!”
“How you walk with God is a model for your children to follow.”
Not only in the good times, but also in the bad.
“Our children learn how to believe & persevere by watching us. How do we handle trouble/discouragement?”
And here’s something VERY comforting…
“God doesn’t want you to be perfect. He wants you to love Him and make Him known to your children.”
“God doesn’t ask for perfection, He asks for a heart for Him!”
Now, if you read this thinking, “Yeah, but you don’t know me. You don’t know how I’ve messed up.” I have these wise words to share with you…
“You are not defined by the circumstances of your life, God is a god who loves redeeming and cultivating.” (remember last week’s thought-provoking Thursday post? He can and will restore the years that the locust have eaten!)
Oh, there’s SO MUCH more I have to share!! Which is why I’ve made this a series with who knows how many parts?! ;)
Until next Tea Time (next Tuesday) when we focus more on our role, I’d like to encourage you to spend this week focusing on God’s role.
May you rest in the knowledge that The One who loves you and your children is at work in their lives!
YOU are just the mom God wants for your children!
-Btw, there’s a Mom Heart Conference in Raliegh, NC this coming weekend (3/4-3/5). If you’re able to get there, I’d HIGHLY recommend you go!
Check out more GREAT insights from the Mom Heart Conference from some of my blogging friends:
MOM Heart Conference (Great notes from the conference and a wonderful place to learn more about photography!)
Disclaimer: Most of what I share in this and future Tea Times came directly (or was gleaned) from the Mom Heart Conference hosted by Sally Clarkson. Where I quote directly from her or another speaker I will use quotation marks. In my haste to write down the great nuggets of truth shared with us I failed to write who said what, so my quotes will not be referenced. In other words, if you see something in quotes it was said by someone wise at the conference. ;)
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