In case you haven’t noticed, Satan has lots of tricks. One of his favorite (as Eve might tell you!) is making a lie seem like a very reasonable truth. Once you believe that “reasonable” lie, Satan can then convince you to do all sorts of sinful things, or neglect to do the good things God wants you to be doing.
Unfortunately, Christian parents don’t get a free pass from Satan’s lies just because they are parents. In fact, I would imagine we are one of his prime targets. After all, if Satan can convince us, he gets not only us, but also our children.
So what are the lies Satan wants you to believe? You better sit down for this, because we have probably all believed one or more of these lies to some extent from time to time.
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One of the realities of being a Christian parenting blogger is that you often find ideas you wish you had done with your children. Our daughter is a young adult now, but I wish I had known about this when she was younger.
A friend of mine actually created this gratitude idea for herself at first. She was on an extended mission trip in Africa without her family. Feeling a bit lonely and discouraged, she started a gratitude corner in her rented living quarters. It was a very visual reminder of God’s love and care.
Since then, she has gifted her grandchildren with the materials to start their own gratitude corners. The best thing is that this activity can be done on a child’s bedroom door or in a hotel room. It is portable and easy for everyone in the family to create their own or have one large family gratitude space.
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Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? How long were you able to keep it? If you are like me, I’m good for a few days or a few weeks at most. Here’s the critical question. Once you broke that resolution, what happened? Most people find when they break the resolution, they give themselves a free pass until the end of the year. Why? Because no matter how badly we say we want to change, it’s hard work. We often have developed bad habits because even though they are bad for us, there was a pay out of some sort in them – usually a make-me-feel-good-in-the-moment one.
Change really isn’t impossible. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus tells us “with God everything is possible.” So what do you need to do to help you learn how to make necessary changes in your life and your parenting? There are probably a lot of little things, but here are three basic concepts for you to remember:
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New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. With it, comes reflection and a desire to improve ourselves. We make resolutions to totally change things in our lives. Forget baby steps. We’re talking “one giant leap for mankind” types of resolutions! We have the best of intentions, but most of them will never truly become a part of our lives.
You may have read Parenting Like Hannah posts and thought, “We need to start doing that”. Or perhaps you read a great parenting book with some tips you wanted to try. Yet, just like New Year’s resolutions, life got in the way and the changes your kids needed never became a permanent part of your parenting.
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Helicopter parents. Tiger moms. Laissez faire parents. Free range parents. It seems like every time you look up, there is some new type of parenting. Most of these end up doing more harm than good for the long term development of kids.
Christian parenting is even more challenging. You are trying to help your kids develop not just appropriate behaviors, but to also have godly hearts. Who knows if the parenting flavor of the month can have any positive impact on spiritual parenting?
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