1 Peter 3:8-9
Called to Blessing
8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
Today, I just wanted to take a second and speak about some of the things that we have been learning as a family in this journey. Every morning sitting in the Presence of the Most High, encouragement to charge forward on this daily path despite the sheer cliffs looming in the distance comes from much prayer and reading of the Word. Our family has been struggling. Struggling to be kind to each other on a moment to moment basis. Fortunately, Tim and I meet with other like-minded families at church each week and discuss parenting issues and struggles. We get so much encouragement from the others! Constantly, our eyes are directed back to Scriptural cures for our struggles. Here is a small encouragement for other families with teens and pre-teens.
We have begun to read Paul Tripp's book Age of Opportunity. As we enter the teenage years with our kids parenting has begun to really change quickly. Nothing bad just different. The unimaginable friendships that are sprouting from the children who just a few years back were in a very different place with their maturity continue to grow and flourish. However, this has not been without a trail of emotions and tears that some days are not pretty. I love the passion and flashes of amazing insights that my teens constantly provide. Desperately, I desire to point their hearts toward the God who never fails them.