I’m starting a journey I’m calling Raising Children the Parenting Renovation. Just like renovating an old house I”m going to finance, purchase, plan, demo, and rebuild my parenting style and priorities. Every week I’m going to take on one challenge and I would love for you to join me!
What is the Goal?
Brick by brick I want to build up my children and improve myself.
How are we going to demo?
“Raising kids is best done with a toothpick not a pickax.” -Cher B.
Do you like yourself? Whoa! This is about parenting lets not get personal. What is more personal than raising children, your children? So I’m going to ask you again do you like yourself? If the answer is no than you don’t know who you are in Christ. I know that is a bold statement but it’s true. IF that is the case that is okay. I know I have you really confused now but just keep reading there is no condemnation here. It is okay to be where you are at, if you don’t like yourself than all you need to do is know who you are in Christ and you will love yourself. This is detrimental to your parenting because if you don’t love yourself than you can’t love others truly because you have nothing to give.
1 John 4:19Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 We love Him, because He first loved us.
Another great reason to address this topic is it is hard enough to be with a fussy toddler but being stuck with someone you don’t like all day on top of that will make a quick temper. Think about it, your stuck with you. If you don’t like yourself your in big trouble you can’t even grab a cup of coffee without yourself.
Raising Children Parenting Renovation Week 5 Challenge:
I never ask you all to spend money but this ten dollars is worth every penny! Joyce Meyer has a phenomenal 4 Set CD teaching called Knowing Who You Are In Christ and it will teach you to love yourself and than you will have the love you need to be the parent you want to be. I could summarize it but that would be stealing her ideas. This is the first and last time I will directly suggest you spend money. You deserve to know just how much you are loved! If you don’t have the funds for this challenge than I ask you to do internet research, youtube it, pray about it, ask your Church pastor about it. This is one topic you can’t brush under the carpet! A confident loving parent produces confident loving children.
My letter to mothers.
I know you have a name but mom is who you are and how everyone knows you as. Your not thought of as a person anymore your just a mom. Your beautiful. If I could look you dead in the eyes no matter your; weight, color, skin elasticity, hair length or thickness, eye shape, breast size, or teeth I would tell you that you are gorgeous. Maybe you feel like frumpy mom but your not. Everything about you was designed and crafted by the creator himself. The same God that made the heavens and earth, sunrises and sunsets, the grand canyon and butterflies made you. He knows what beauty is, People magazine doesn’t. Do you fear not comparing or adding up? Who’s standards are you trying to reach? As far as God is concerned your perfect. I have a big nose, protruding eyes, deep wrinkles, no curves, and am small chested. I use to hate myself. I feared not being desired by my husband. When he would tell me how beautiful I was I would quickly correct him telling him all the ways I was ugly! It didn’t take long for him to stop telling me I was beautiful and that made me even more insecure. “Finally he was sick of lying” I would secretly think. My insecurities pushed my husband away and that just confirmed my suspicion that he didn’t desire me. Than one day I made a decision that the next time my husband told me I was beautiful I would tell him “I believe you” even if I didn’t. My husband now tells me I am beautiful everyday because when he say’s it he isn’t called a liar. Because I believe that God made me in his image and I believe my husband when he tells me I’m beautiful I can confidently say “I am beautiful!” So are you going to believe the devil, the voices in your head, and the media? Or are you going to believe the people who love you? Mom you are worthy and deserving. Raising children is hard work well worth all your time and effort just like raising yourself confidence is well worth your time and effort. Lets come up higher and love ourselves the way we are right now! Don’t say I will love myself once_______you fill in the blank. You are beautiful just the way you are right here, right now in your pajama’s with, no make up, hair in a bun and all.
Scripture to encourage you for this raising children challenge:
Romans 8:37 Amplified Bible (AMP)
37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
1 Corinthians 1: 30 Amplified Bible (AMP)
30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
Ephesians 6:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
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