Our life spun with a hint of unpredictability. I wondered if we were unsteady—shifting here and there— if we were upsetting balance. I questioned, like all parents do, if we were making the right choices for our family.
Child, I will pray that the storms won’t come, all while knowing that some will. This world is fractured. No matter how hard I protect you, you will know the brokenness of it.
As my ideas dissolved into reality, I took it personally. What was poked holes in all of my assumptions of what should be. I was failing. Until I rephrased my question.
I began to understand why Halloween can be such a polarizing topic in the church community. And now as a Christian parent, I’ve reflected upon it more and faced even harder questions.
The question flew out of my mouth when I was disappointed, agitated, or frustrated… Things wouldn’t change until I changed my approach.
A chalkboard hangs on our living room wall reminding us of our own family’s core values. The truth is, there could be one million good things to spend our life for. But if we focus on everything, we’ll end up focusing on nothing.
I looked at the clock on the oven and once I said “go,” my ears filled with words and phrases that broke my heart.
I felt like I lived in a fish bowl of temper tantrums, potty-talk and sticky fingers declaring my failures. Parenthood is a vulnerable position.
Raising kids stirs something deep in our souls — an innate knowing that our time is finite. Taking my kids outside in creation, I’m discovering how to stretch our time and pack it to the brim with meaning. God’s creativity provides the riches of resources for teaching the next generation who He is and how He loves us. Join our adventure and discover inspiration and resources for refusing rush, creating habits of rest, living intentionally, and making the most of this beautiful life!