TALK ABOUT THIS:
The Bible encourages us to talk about our faith (peacefully) with others. Ask your kid how comfortable they feel discussing their faith. Help them come up with a few go-to phrases they can share if they’re asked about their beliefs.
"The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth."
Psalm 145:18 NIV
It may be challenging for your student to verbalize their thoughts and feelings, especially when put on the spot. Send them a text sometime this week, asking them to think of three ways you can be there for them, where they are, right now. Give them some time to respond. When they do, affirm their answers and support them in their greatest areas of need.
READ THIS:There are two kinds of people you encounter: people who give life and people who drain life out of you. You have dinner with a friend and leave feeling refreshed and energized. Conversely, you can spend 10 minutes with someone who drains you and walk away feeling like you need a mini-vacation to recover. I think you know what I’m talking about.
I’ve been asking myself: What is it that makes the difference? I think life-giving people have one thing in common: they have external sources that give them life, and conversely they have something to give when you get in a room with them.
What about the people who drain the life out of you? I’m not an expert, but here’s my guess: they don’t have consistent external sources of life. They have little to give and in fact spend much of their time trying to take. And that’s exhausting.
So, here’s the question: What if this pattern impacts our parenting? I have seen the lives of parents get so interwoven with the ups and downs of their kids that I sometimes wonder whether we approach our kids from a life-giving perspective or whether we end up trying to steal life from them?
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