This month, I really wanted to share with you something relatable. You know, something that every parent raising teens/tweens could read and say, “Yes! That’s totally what we’re going through right now!”
And as I started to think about what’s been happening in our home, a great deal of insecurity began to rise up in me.
“What if the stuff we’re dealing with actually IS weird or abnormal?”
“What if that ‘expert advice’ is a joke?”
“What if the way I’m handling these critical years is all wrong after all?”
It was in that moment that I realized the topic God actually wanted me to share with you. I didn’t need some poignant or funny story of parenting. What I needed to do– for your sake and mine–was to confess my insecurity as a parent.
Maybe you’re like me and you are trying hard to get everything right.
Maybe the fear of not measuring up to your own standards or the opinions of others is overwhelming.
Or maybe, just maybe (brace yourself), God will bring you to the realization that He is currently giving me: If I seek Him first, I will be the parent He needs me to be for my
Here are a few suggestions for seeking Christ in this season of parenting:
- Spend time with God, in His Word, every day… Every.Day.
- Pray “without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) When you find yourself worrying: PRAY. When you are second guessing your own judgement: PRAY. When you are seeing the results of bad decision making: PRAY. When your emotions get the best of you: PRAY. When you feel your mind drifting: PRAY.
- Find a mentor. Who is someone who has been where you are? Who is someone who you respect for their walk with the Lord and the way they’ve raised their own children? Ask if you can get in touch when you feel unsure of your parenting.
God is using you right where you are, and if you seek after Him “all these things” will be given to you as well… wisdom, love, joy, confidence and a deepening relationship with Him.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
What causes parental insecurity in you? How have you dealt with it?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
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