Friday, February 21, 2014

Raising Kids Requires a Lot of Prayer!

As our kids are getting are getting older it is getting harder! I am experiencing all the things parents warned me about your kids getting older. I really thought it would never happen to me. But this growing up thing is creating a huge pit in my stomach. I remember when they were all little and thinking it was so hard and thinking I couldn't wait for them to be older and it would be so much easier. WRONG!!! It is hard physically when they are younger but way more hard emotionally when they are older.

My cousin Robin is a great Mom and wife. She is a prayer warrior and has been a great resource for me. She always tells me you have to PRAY constantly during this phase of life. Pray for your children. That is it so much harder and more stressful when they are older. She encouraged me to get the book the Power of a Praying Parent. I got the book and pray the prays frequently. It is an excellent tool. I keep a journal as well and try to put my thoughts and prayer requests on paper so I can remember them.  I speak lots of scripture over my kids as well.

The issues of kids these days are too much. I feel so bad for them with all the social media and things like that. Social media can be awesome, but it also causes a lot of hurt feelings among teens. They can see where their friends went that they weren't invited to, all this BFF stuff, WCW. If you aren't anyone's WCW then you feel bad. If you aren't with your friends in their 5000th selfie you feel bad. When your friend says someone else is their "Main" or their "bestie" then your feelings are hurt. AHHHHHH It is so frustrating.

Another thing I have learned is that I can't make my child do anything. I can't "make" them have a relationship with Christ, I can't "make" them look to Him to meet their needs. But I can pray for them and encourage them. Christ has to grab ahold of their heart and they have to form their own relationship with Him. It is my job to model Christ to them and to let them see me having a quiet time and looking to Him for answers. And for them to see me pray to Him in situations. And keep praying that He would grab ahold of their hearts and have a relationship with Him.

It feels like too much. It is so much pressure to be a good parent. But people have been doing it for years. I just have to keep my focus on Him and keep praying. In my book I read these great verses and I think they would be a great theme verse for our family.

Romans 12:10- "be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.

1 Peter 3:8- "be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.

Ephesians 4:3- "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

So those are my ramblings today, just really been thinking of the seriousness of parenting!

1 comment:

  1. I have that book. I think I better dust it off now & get started.