If you are feeling anxious, unloved, out of sync with God, or simply floundering in your role as a parent, these links are for you. Each one spoke to me, and I trust they will resonate with you, too!
“It might seem strange to give these thoughts more time in the spotlight, but I often tell ruminating clients to journal their thoughts. People who tend to slip into rumination when they’re trying to go to sleep can benefit from having a notepad by their bed to jot down the thoughts and worries that are on repeat.”
“If you get so much conflicting parenting advice from every corner of your life that all you can hear is noise so loud it drowns out your confidence in the fact that you are the best person to make decisions about your child—you’re not doing it wrong, it’s just that hard.”
“What I hadn’t told God — what I hadn’t told anybody — was that for most of my life I’d had a longing for someone to love me enough to fly across an ocean for me. I pictured living far away, only to have someone show up on my doorstep, exhausted from travel but determined to assure me of their love. It’s silly and slightly dramatic, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m a fan of sweeping gestures. I started to cry when I realized that God had done this thing I’d always wanted and never said.”
“It’s terrifying, you guys. It really is. I stand here so timid – believing there is such promise and goodness ahead but not really able to wrap my mind around how it’s all going to work out. That’s life, isn’t it? We don’t have all the answers we just have to trust that as we grow and heal and listen to the gentle nudgings of the Spirit, we can rest assured that we are in good hands.”
“I’m going to try a little experiment with myself. I’m going to try to go a day or several days without asking God for anything. I don’t want to even ask him for well intentioned things like wisdom or peace. I want to train my brain to spend my conversational time with him just enjoying him. I want to use the time I normally list requests to instead affirm who he is and dwell on his character.”
“I hope I am not annoying, overbearing, or critical. I hope from me, you feel total love, acceptance, and approval. I hope you are strong enough and confident enough to not NEED my approval, but gentle enough and lovely enough to desire it. I hope that we hang out, just us girls sometimes, and that when we do, it’s life-GIVING, not life-DRAINING for you. I hope I make it evident to you that I am interested in YOU as a person…”
Have you read or written anything especially meaningful, inspiring, or educational lately? Drop a link in the Comments!