Hebrews 3:13, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”.
These days it seems like everyone has something to say about parenting. There are more resources available today than ever before on this topic. Some are great and some aren’t. The greatest advice, though, comes from the Ultimate Parent—God! He wants us to take an educated approach and it starts by going for the ASK: Always Seeking Knowledge. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all...” When we seek God first in everything we do, say, touch, and feel our lives become an act of worship.
Successful families must be dedicated to getting educated. And a major lesson is knowing the distinction between trauma and drama. Trauma occurs from serious bodily injury or a deeply distressing or disturbing situation. Conversely, drama is feelings based. We must validate one another’s feelings—they matter. But, we also must be able to discern feelings from facts. This means speaking the truth in love. Parents, another way to learn is by listening. Mealtimes and bedtimes are great times to hear what your children have to say and ask questions. And, guess what? We can’t forget about playtime! Laugh and have fun, because, as corny as it may sound, the family that plays together stays together!
Father God, thank You for loving me enough to call me Your child. Guide me to always seek You first, and instill in me a passion for education and more importantly, application. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.