My prayer for many years. Being humbled more times than I could count, I’ve learned that my behavior and emotions can be as unpredictable as any of my children’s. Looking back, I don’t think they premeditate their behaviors and emotions any more or less than I have.
Our wills intersect. From toddler to teen to young adult… our child has a view, and we have a view.
How we engage at this intersection is what matters.
Do we crash, yield, or stop to quickly assess the moment.
The good news: We get lots of practice.
The hard news: It’s exhausting!
Imagine Jesus’ cross at each intersection.
Stop for a minute. Meet with Him first. Pursue a clean heart. A healed heart. Pray for the child to desire the same.
Unresolved hurts or offenses build quickly into hard walls. It’s hard to communicate through a wall, much less give or receive affection.
Cultivating a relationship of genuine mutual love, trust, and depth with our child is hard.
God has the way forward for how to build relationship in the ordinary day, including maneuvering challenging intersections.
He will guide us to:
Face challenges and the unexpected.
Walk the road to forgiveness, healing, and restoration.
Give words for counsel, comfort, conflict, and correction.
Rest, play, enjoy.
As we pursue personal relationship with Christ, He grows our ability to discern His way.
...and He walks each step with us.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9.10)