Day 14: Helping Children Find Joy When Their Life is Hard – Guest post by Alicia Vining

“He doesn’t like anything about this country or the people,” I told the therapist about one of my children.⁣ I initiated a phone call with her because I had exhausted all my ideas. The mom guilt was weighing heavy on my shoulders. I couldn’t help but think of all the long-term issues I might beContinue reading “Day 14: Helping Children Find Joy When Their Life is Hard – Guest post by Alicia Vining”

Day 10: Outsource your Parenting

I read recently that we become what we pay attention to (Curtis Thompson). In any conversation about parenting there’s the danger of paying too much attention to our parenting. To focus on and obsess over how we parent. But friend – if there is one thing you will take away from this whole series (andContinue reading “Day 10: Outsource your Parenting”

Day 9: Practice discernment

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of paying attention to our kids and being curious about them. But paying attention is not enough. We need to practice discernment about what we see in them. So I am learning to evaluate my kids’ attitudes and responses throughout the week and trying to figure out what theyContinue reading “Day 9: Practice discernment”

Day 8: Practice curiosity

Our kids souls’ (like ours) have a shape. Many circumstances and people shape their soul but no other human shapes their soul and their ability to know they are always & completely loved by God than us as their parents. I am eternally grateful though that the Spirit can supernaturally reveal this reality to themContinue reading “Day 8: Practice curiosity”

Day 7: Parenting the Whole Child

We can enable our kids to abide in the love of the Father, by reflecting how he parents us: both body and soul. This has massive implications for our parenting. We can’t shepherd their hearts without paying attention to what is happening to their bodies. And nurturing their bodies impacts their souls. What happens toContinue reading “Day 7: Parenting the Whole Child”

Day 6 – Taking Sin Lightly Enough to Take It Seriously

I still remember riding the Dubai metro, almost 6 years ago, listening to a voice note from @kimransleben. Her words introduced a new concept for me that really changed the way I thought and helped me live in the hope of Christ. She said: “You need to take sin lightly enough to take it seriously.” Continue reading “Day 6 – Taking Sin Lightly Enough to Take It Seriously”

Day 5 – A Prayer for the Parent Struggling to Abide in Love

Father,  I praise you for letting me know you as Father – with life-giving authority and power, filled with self- sacrificial love, always working out of the overflow of the wealth of your wisdom Father, you know me well. You know my story – both the sin AND suffering that have shaped my soul. YouContinue reading “Day 5 – A Prayer for the Parent Struggling to Abide in Love”