Raising kids is hard! Since becoming a parent I walk a fine line between being my kids father and their friend. No matter what I them to know that I love them no matter what, that I am thankful for all that they do and they are wonderful, talented individuals.
However, in the hustle and bustle of life I forget to tell them these things. I spend so much time getting them to activities, correcting behavior, and just making it through day-to-day life that some of the more important messages get lost.
So if you are like me I would like to remind you of 5 things you can tell your kids today to encourage them and to remind them that they are special.
“Nothing is impossible with God.” Have you heard that before? Do you really believe it? I have seen things, read about things and personally experienced things that have truly tell me that God is with me and that I can do anything with the help, love and grace of God.
We have see this the last several weeks in our readings. From the ark that save Noah, his family and the animals, to the impossibility of Abraham and Sarah having a baby in their old age, to the Israelites escaping Egypt and God providing for them in their long journey – teaching them how to be a community.
I have read a lot of books. I enjoy books. My parents would read to me quite often as a child and I have tried to instill that love for reading in my children. In high school and in college I would read the assigned texts given in class but I would also pick up books from the library to foster my imagination and creativity.
Some of my favorite books throughout the years have been Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Pet Cemetery, The Green Mile, The Odyssey, Pastrix, and many others. However, the book that has had the greatest impact on my life has been the Bible.
The Ten Commandments help us embody our new creation and our new names found in Christ. At church as well as our school, work places, and families we are given new life. But in order to fully experience this we need structure and guidance. Because if it was totally up to us we will get something wrong or do something we shouldn’t — basically we will sin.
Because in each of our lives there is some misplaced desire, some grief, some reckless act that takes over where our new selves ought to be, and we find ourselves lost afraid maybe even confused as to how we got there and where to go next.