Cuddle up with your child this month and pray, "Dear God, we want to love everyone the way Jesus loves everyone. Please help [child's name] and me to love others no matter what, just like Jesus loves everyone no matter what. In Jesus'
"Love each other as I have loved you."
John 15:12, NIV
BASIC TRUTH: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
FIVE PRINCIPLES OF PARENTINGfrom Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Carey Nieuwhof and Reggie Joiner
Here’s a few things we know will always be true about you as a parent:
You will get tired.
You will struggle with what you should do in a number of situations.
Your kids will not always behave exactly the way you want.
You will stay awake sometimes, worrying about them.
You will wonder, more than you should, if you’re a good parent.
But we think there are five principles that will help you as a parent navigate through a variety of different seasons. And that if you begin to instill them into your parenting, your relationship with your children, and with the other people they need in their lives, will move in a better direction to parent beyond your own capacity.
We want to encourage you to establish a lifestyle as a parent where you widen the circle, imagine the end, fight for the heart, create a rhythm, and make it personal. . .
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