The messages can play over and over in our heads like a broken record. (If you don’t know what a broken record is, just…never mind. They came before 8-Track Tapes. Which came before Cassette Tapes. Which came before CDs. I actually remember them. I played my Partidge Family record over and over until it broke.) #childofthe70s
So, broken records. In our heads, they can sound something like this as we parent our children:
- I’m not doing enough…doing enough…doing enough…doing enough…
- I’m inconsistent…inconsistent…inconsistent…inconsistent…
- Other parents do it so much better…better…better…better…
- Why can’t I get it right…right…right…right….
Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad. What you are right about is this: You will never be a perfect parent. You are human. You have weaknesses. <— Welcome to the Land of Normal. I’ve been living here a long time. At first, I though it was the Land of Crazy. Then, God reminded me that He is my strength, and that in my weakness, I am never alone. It’s the Land of Normal – also known as the land of I Desperately Need Jesus.
Why you are a beautiful parent is because of this: You work hard. You pray. You ask God to help you raise your children. You strive to be better. You love your kids so much you can’t see straight. You are intentional. You seek wisdom. You recognize your need to let others help. You are a wonderful, beautiful parent.
Truly, you are awesome. Every one of you.
Allow your mind to see some snap-shots of your day. Not the ones where you didn’t measure up to your perfect parenting standards. Ain’t nobody got time to focus on regrets. See the snap-shots of your beautiful moments. The moments you poured a glass of milk and she slurped it up. The moments you read him a favorite book for the 56th time. The moments you did something mundane like shake out the rug and put it back on the floor. The moments you kissed a cheek, wiped snot off a nose, and enjoyed listening to a belly laugh. The moments you listened to a song with your teenager. The moments you got the laundry to the dryer before it got sour. The moments you said, “Good job.”
Your days are full of beautiful moments. How do I know this? Because I know that is how God works. Because He is in our lives, there is goodness. He is all things goodness. He works and lives through you. This is how I know you’re awesome. This is how I know of the beauty that pours out of your home.
I applaud you, Parents. I give you a high five and a fist bump. I cheer you on, knowing that you are cheering me on, too. We parent confidently, because the secret is out: We have Superpowers. We’re strongest when we’re on our knees.
Praise God for the way He works through you as you raise your kids! He is good, He brings all things good, He works all things together for good.
I’m excited to share with you some snap-shots sent in from beautiful parents like you:
Renee emailed to say, “Thank you for the wonderful Learn your Letters, Learn to Serve curriculum! Today we had so much fun making church, cross, and our own creativity cutout cookies! Can you guess the letter? Your time, effort, and ideas are wonderful!
We are truly loving the flow and approach to this curriculum. It’s been fun to use it as a foundation and then adapt to our family. We ended up giving a handful of cookies to the church workers then as our service. The little learner is Liliana, our oldest of two, and she is three. On to D….”
Natasha shared, “I did ‘A’ with my little two year old and decided it was way too much work for ME at this point for his retention level, so I’ll have a go at it next year. BUT we had already been memorizing verses, so for MY retention we are doing the alphabet sequence [from Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve].
He’s got down through “C” already plus the ones we had already done. It’s so precious to hear his little voice try to say, “anxiety” (1 peter 5:7) and then “Because he cares for YOU!” And then he ALWAYS adds, “cares for ME. Me and you.”
I love hearing testimonies about how Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve is blessing your family. I love hearing that you’re getting your kids in the kitchen to teach them how to cook. I love, love, love hearing how you’re teaching them Jesus and teaching them to serve others!!!
We want to bless all of you with this super low price on our parenting resources! Regularly $78, we are excited to offer this package for just $49.00:
~ Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve 183 page complete downloadable curriculum kit for early learners, $45.00 value
~ Teaching Your Kids to Cook 111 page downloadable guide and cookbook, $12.00 value
~ What to Do With the Kids in Your Kitchen recipe eBook, $5.95 value
~ Heavenly Homemakers Guide to Holiday Hospitality for Kids eBook, $6.95 value
~ Fill ‘em Up Bible Lessons and eCookbook, $5.95 value
~ “Be Imitators” Kid Character Chart, $2.95 value
Be blessed! Be empowered! Be encouraged! You are an awesome parent. Continue to let God do His work through you for your children!