This above flier 👆🏾summarises the conversation we were having last night on the *webinar* about being courageous parents
-Being on guard as parents, means looking out for the interest of our families. Being fully involved and invested in their lives including knowing what they are watching and listening to. Do you know your teenager’s favourite artist? Whose music are they listening to? What about their friends? Who is their closest friends and what have they been up to recently?
In this age of social media and gadgets, it’s very easy to lose sight of these fundamentals. Truth be told, most teens are not going to dish this information on a platter for you. If anything, they like to keep it to themselves. As parents, we can get this information through spending TIME together, doing things that our children enjoy.
Be involved. Play that xbox/ playstation game. Listen to their favourite rapper. Don’t be quick to judge their choice of music. Find a good time to research and learn about particular artist or genres. Introduce your children to your favourite music. What music did you play or dance to when you were their age? You tube the videos and get moving. They will love you for it. Be sure to lookout for that snapchat shot 😍
-Standing firm on God’s purpose concerning our children means having unwavering faith. We can allow Gods word to have a final say concerning our lives. There are so many family promises in the bible. The famous deutronomy 28 is filled with many.
-Commit your children in the hands of capable God. Do this by praying for your children. Lay your hands on their heads and speak Gods promises. If they are teen and not overly keen for you to lay hands, pray in their rooms. Play you tube videos/ clips with declarations such as Cindy Trims prayer of atomic power.
-Saturate your home with worship and peaceful music. Whilst a lot of us may not believe in the Spiritual realms, the unseen world is very much alive like the wind; no one can touch it but it’s effects are well felt.
-Above all walking in love. The Word says perfect love casts out fear. Allowing the Word to take root in our lives by reading and meditating on it. Love is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves and our children as parents. Paul reminds us that :
“Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick-tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CEVUK
When was the last time that you were patient, kind, slow to anger? Love is hopeful. Even in challenging seasons of parenting, love remains hopeful that ”my children will fulfill their God given destiny”
Fear especially of being judged and scrutiny from other people hold us back as parents. For me, this is something that is very close to my heart. I didn’t realise the depth of my fears until my children started to challenge my decisions. For instance, I used to struggle if my children decided to have a lie in on Sunday instead of coming to church. I had to learn that God desires to be known, be seen and His power felt so that our children can receive Him.
I came to read the book of Acts and understood that when the disciples were walking with Jesus, those who saw them it is reported that ‘they knew’ that they had been with the Lord. There was something about them, that revealed the company of Jesus. Can the same be said of you as a parent who fears and loves God.
Can your children confidently say that they have encountered the God of their parent? Lord be seen and be known is our prayer. Capture the hearts and minds of our children as we continue to hope and trust in You. Strip us of ourselves until there is only YOU in us. Make us courageous in pursuit for holiness and righteousness. Amen
To you my fellow parent; The Lord says be strong and be courageous for I am with you. Joshua 1💕
Would love to hear how you are getting in applying some of these principles.
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