You must prepare yourself to live a life of grace with your children.
The first and most important thing is to be connected to the Source of grace! You must fight for time to be in the Word and prayer.
Nurture your relationship with God. As we press in and depend upon the Source, we are given what we need to face the daily stuff of life. We also are provided with the ability to pour that same grace out onto our precious children.
Second, evaluate how you are viewing those precious people God has entrusted to you! Do you view them as kids you need to raise, or as precious, unique individuals that have been entrusted to your care for a few short years? They are people we can celebrate and shower with the same grace that we have been shown thus creating a platform for God to be seen.
This idea about grace as a gift in parenting is something that I am very passionate about! I am so passionate, in fact, that I wrote a book about it! Let me introduce to you, Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day.
Grace Gifts is not meant to be another book of standards for you to try and measure up to. It is not just another “to do” list for you to follow. My goal in sharing the things that God is so graciously teaching my husband and me is to encourage you away from rules and lists–and the striving and fear that go with them–and instead free you up to be encouraged to relax, to enjoy your children, and learn how to see them as the amazing individuals God made them to be. I want to encourage you to parent your children with grace.
We give our children a priceless gift when we choose to become their biggest cheerleader and support system. Celebrating our children and showing them the same grace we have experienced from our God helps us to view our kids as more than just our children who need to be raised, but as precious people who need to be pointed to Christ.
So why do we celebrate our children?
We celebrate them because our Heavenly Father celebrates us every day. Like our children, we need His gentle reminders of grace that point us back to the cross. We see in Zephaniah 3:17, that God celebrates His children!
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
We also see in Isaiah 62:5 that He rejoices over us “…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” In the same way God rejoices over and celebrates us, we can rejoice over and celebrate our own children, showing them a picture of the Father!
Would you like to learn how to connect with your children and how to be their biggest cheerleader no matter what stage of parenthood you find yourself in?
I would love to share with you a few ideas that I have gleaned and put into action over many years of parenting and life
as a family. No matter your child’s age, I believe there is something here you can do today to draw closer to your kids and to help draw your kids closer to God. My prayer is that God will use these suggestions to help you celebrate your children every day!
Do you need encouragement or ideas on how to celebrate your children every day? Please check out my book, and let me know if it is an encouragement to you!