The answers are rarely clear and the task of soul shaping doesn’t include a step by step manual anyone can follow. It’s rigorous and tiring and daunting. And it takes unimaginable courage and sacrifice over a lifetime.
But it’s also the adventure of a lifetime. One that sends our adrenaline shooting with each accomplishment and our tears flowing with every cute and contagious heart tug.
We watch the life entrusted to our care. The wonder of every breath.
And we hope…
they will grow in character and strength
they’ll develop compassion and kindness
their hearts will be honest and generous and good
We hope our children will become all we imagine… and more than we can possibly imagine.
Their dreams become our dreams, and we become the keeper of dreams. Cherishing and nourishing and guiding them toward all God created them to be.
We do it because it’s a calling…because it’s a gift.
We do it because it’s the best thing we can do. To parent our children in the hope of who God created them to be is the highest and best calling. One that will never return void. And one that will carry them continually to the heart of their Creator.
All of this we do in hope, with hope and through hope.
Because this hope is our purest act of faith planted in our heart and the heart of every child. It’s this hope that calls us to be more than a parent as we invite our Creator to enter in. To shape and chisel and mold.We are more than a parent. It's our job to call out who God has created our children to be. Click To Tweet
Inviting God to enter in is the heart of parenting and the theme of the Parenting in Hope Series.
I hope you’ll join me here throughout the next 5 weeks as we explore how parenting our children in hope will carry us through the most difficult of times and keep us grounded in what truly matters. We’ll look at how this hope refines and defines our future and the future of our children.
And we’ll explore the truth of how parenting in hope frees us and our children from the chains of guilt, shame and perfection.
Parenting our Children Toward Their Bent – Not Ours
Stepping Up as The Keeper of Dreams
Cultivating a Confident and Humble Heart
Embracing Great Expectations
Perfecting Parenting Through Prayer
To be exactly who God created them to be!
♥ Find more motherhood encouragement from the Cherishing Motherhood Series!
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This Week’s Featured Fresh Find…
Each week, it’s my pleasure to select one writer from the link-up to showcase on my blog for the entire week. I’m excited to announce this week’s Featured Fresh Find is Susan B Arico!
Susan explores something so many of us experience, raising a child who is sometimes very different from ourselves. She encourages and challenges us to find common ground and depend on God to make a way for connection, compassion through thinking and living outside-of-the-box.
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