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Parenting is one of the hardest and most rewarding things you could ever do. I think one of the main things we can struggle with as parents is the feeling of guilt. You could be a stay at home parent or a working parent, but either way there is an area in your life where you feel guilty. Guilty that you aren’t spending enough time on yourself, guilty that you aren’t spending enough time with your kids, and the list goes on. It’s a continuous cycle, but I want to remind you today that when you are feeling guilty that is not from God. We tend to think that God may be telling us that we should be spending more time with our kids instead of going to that meeting and making you feel guilty about your choices but anytime that God wants to tell you something it’s going to come from a loving and encouraging place. He will never make you feel like you are a bad parent. Another challenge that we face as parents is how to incorporate God’s word into their lives. I think most people think you sit with your child and read the Bible daily and as great as that would be it’s just not true all of the time. And all of my parents said Amen! The easiest way to get our children to know the word of God is to live it and speak it. We know that kids are watching and listening to everything we say, so if we are speaking God’s word over them then they are in turn learning God’s word from a young age. Sometimes this looks like speaking things about your kids that aren’t as they are. If your child is going through a rebellious stage, stop talking about it and start speaking that your child is a child of God who loves the Lord. The Bible tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue, what we speak we become. The words that we speak are the shoes of potential that we are putting on our children. As parents its our job to show our children who they are and whose they are. In Psalms 112:2 the Bible tells us, His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” It’s about  letting our kids know they are created on purpose for a purpose. Your kids and my kids are watching more of how we do what we do more than what we do. How are you responding to that person who didn’t treat you right or that family member who frustrates you? You won’t have to make your kids be generous, pray, or read the Bible but when they see that you are doing all those things they will start to as well. Friend, I’m not saying being a parent is easy but it sure will make things a lot easier when what you do matches up with what you’re saying. Some days are better than others but at the end of the day you were called to be your kids parents and you are doing a great job!  XO