Sunday, November 9, 2014

Reflect Sunday | Finding Joy in Parenting with Purpose

This Sunday is a bit different for me, and I wanted to share that with you. Normally when we sit down in church our pastor says "pull out your bibles" and we hear a very biblically based sermon. This Sunday instead of saying "pull out your bibles" he said please welcome my wife and they sat down and shared with us a very practical way (also biblically based) way that they went about parenting. It was so nice to hear them be human, share struggles, explain triumphs and share that with  us. As a parent of two girls, one heading into her teens and another looking to be every single day for guidance I found the sermon to be a breath of fresh air. I felt recharged like I (we.... but Jonathan was teaching Sunday school so I will have him listen to the sermon online) can do this, here are the tools and now I have a game plan.

Without even realizing it I was listening to a podcast from Saddleback church while I did some house chores today and guess what the topic was? You guessed it.. parenting! Imagine that! Have you ever had that happen in your life where all the messages are leading to one topic? I love it when God so clearly speaks into my life, you can't help but just sit and listen!!

For my bible entry I decided to sort of combine the two messages and take the topics from each message that I felt really spoke to what I needed to hear in this time.

Verses | I read through post of Deuteronomy 6 when reflecting in my bible. 

I want to take a moment and apologize for not apologizing for using an iPhone photo today. The truth is I took the photos on my regular camera and had a longer blog post planned out for you today but I have to say more important things came up! Like walks to the park with my family at sunset, and a fire on the back deck with my husband. Sorry not sorry!!! Love you guys and I know you understand... okay on with my post!!....

There were many more points pointed out between the two sermons but I took the ones that I really felt I wanted to work on and knew my family would benefit from me putting pen to paper. I have to be honest and say the one that I was like YIKES!!!!!!! Was "MIND YOUR OWN REACTION" I can get so emotional when it comes to my kids and they can feed off that. I need to really pray in the moment when things are happening and be a bit calmer (if my husband is reading this I am sure he is yelling at the computer!!!!

I am curious if you listen to the two sermons (the one at redwood won't be available for a couple days) what you take from it and what you decide to put to paper. Please take a moment to share, I would love to hear!!!

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