It’s a hooded heroin, I try to discern appropriate, as my ten-year-old plays a new video game; sword glowing, balls of light burning, releasing power.
In a day where people call evil good and good evil, (Isaiah 5:20)…
It is vital we recognize parenting as our primary mission. The choices we make in training won’t just impact one moment, but future generations.
Still, the weight of peanut butter on white bread verses organic fruit and humus can eat at us. We can lie in bed awake, riddled with guilt, swallowed by the enemy’s tactic to derail us, until we are left waving a white flags of surrender even before our child enters Kindergarten.
Missional Parenting was never meant to be filled with condemnation. It is supposed to be beautiful, empowering, life giving to both the parent and their children.
Scripture offering us four Biblical models for Successful Missional Parenting:
We don’t have to lie in bed awake worrying if we are ineffective parents, labor over decisions or rating ourselves on some worldly scale of excellence.
Everything changes when we open our arms and heart to dialogue with our children, let God to come and lead us, teach our children to live for His praises, and seeing children as He sees them.
Treasured, loved, cherished, given to us as a special gift.
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented fifteen kids and counting; twelve foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world desperately needing the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women’s. Jen advocates for the orphan as a board member for the non-profit, A New Song; and loves doing missions work internationally, along with her family. You can find Jen writing about faith, while challenging her readers at her blog, Rich Faith Rising, as well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Jen is also on facebook.
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