DO THIS // CUDDLE TIME
Cuddle up with your child this month and pray, "Dear God, thank You for loving us so much You gave us Your Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. I pray [child's name] will never forget how much [he/she] is loved by You. In Jesus' name, amen."
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE STRIVING
FOR AS A PARENT
By Jeff Brodie
There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect kids. So what is the ideal family? What should be our goal?
When I look at my family, there is a tension between what is real and what is ideal. While I should be a patient parent, I can find myself making mistakes and pulling my hair out every day. God sets out some great ideals for us as parents.
How do we handle the tension between what’s real and what’s ideal?
The answer: We take our cues from a God who models this for us. One of the mysteries of God is his ability to hold up ideals for me to aim towards, but to hold out his arms with grace because He knows I won’t always meet them—all with the goal of seeing me grow in my faith as a person and a parent.
You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can strive for what’s best, while understanding that God is ready to forgive and walk alongside you every step of the way . . .
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