My friends, are you counting down the days that are left of school? Do you have a paper chain showing how many more crazy mornings are left until summer? Do you dream of mornings with no rushing around looking for forms that are due? Have the lunches you pack come down to chips and fruit snacks? Do you long for mornings where the pace is slower, and the words are kinder? You are almost there! Let me take a minute to encourage you in this parenting journey. Take a deep breath and remember to be present in the moment. Right now, is all we really have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. I know you may not want to hear it, but let us finish strong. 2 Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” When Asa heard these words, he took courage and made right choices. He responded to God with obedience. May we live and learn from Asa and take these words from God to heart. Let us slow down, enjoy the gifts of our children, and let us finish strong, knowing that God will reward our work. Raising children is kingdom work.
Washing stinky clothes, reminding children to brush their teeth and flush the toilet might not feel like mission work. But God desires for families to make disciples, one child at a time. So may we start each day with a prayer to our Father asking for strength, courage, and patience to parent well. May we talk about the things of the Lord as we wake, as we drive to school, and as we tuck our kids in at night. Summer will be here soon, with slower schedules and longer days. In the meantime, let us be about doing our work as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”
Parents, as the Faith Builders in the Home, you can start here:
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