A couple of weeks ago I featured a week-long series in which I shared little nuggets of wisdom that I gleaned from Julie Ann Barnhill’s book She’s
Gonna Blow!: Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger. Today I want to share another practical tips to use in your own life.
Wisdom Point #6 –
So many times I
mentally review my job as a parent. “To teach my children about
God and His love for them,” I remind myself over and over.
But Julie Ann
Barnhill says there is more.
Our task as
parents is not just to teach our children about God, but to model for
them, to the best of our ability what God is like. The Bible teaches
us that God is kind, slow to anger, merciful, gracious, righteous,
abounding in loving-kindness, a stronghold, a shield, a protector, a
defender of the weak, perfect, sure, pure, true, gracious, strong,
and good…. It is here that I have to ask myself, “Will my
children be able to believe these truths about God as a result of
their earthly mother’s life and behavior?”
modeling. They go hand-in-hand.
And with this point, my shoulders fall. I have blown it so many times. Probably blown it more times than I have succeeded in modeling appropriate behavior. Using these percentages, the enemy wants me to feel defeated.
But I refuse to stay down. By God’s gracing… With the help of the Holy Spirit… As I grow in the image of Jesus through daily time with Him, I will continue to do the best I can to model Jesus to my children.
in praying Julie Ann’s prayer?
“Dear Father: Open my eyes
to the fact that I teach my child/children about You in the daily
routines of our life. While we are in the car, traveling to and from
school or practice. I am teaching them about You. Through my
reactions to their failures and mistakes, I am teaching them about
You. And dear God, in my furious outbursts or my silence and
coldness, I am also teaching them about You. Teach me anew the
spiritual significance of my life as a mom, and show me any abuses
that I need to rid our lives of through Your grace and power. Amen.”
A few more tips are yet to come. Be sure to join us!