The conference was really a gift from the LORD that we were not expecting!
Where do I begin...there is so much.
I guess at the beginning.
Many years ago (“b.c.” - before children), I felt that the LORD showed a verse to me and spoke to me that it would be foundational in raising our children. The verse is “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you,...” Isaiah 43:4.
Now, all these years later, with 11 little darlings I attended the ETC (Empowered To Connect) conference and one of the first things that Karen Purvis says is that we must see our childrens’ preciousness. As I was writing this down in my notes, I knew that I believed this,
however, in the “life-ness” of things, I had stopped actively communicating this to my family. I felt a "God conviction" that I was no longer mothering my children the way that I really desire to.
And part of the truth for me is that I have gotten off track with my real motivation. I realized that I am not the mother that I want to be any more . An amazing and wonderful article that helped me think this through is on Lisa’s blog, called “I used to be a good mom". Please take the time to read this. But don’t leave me yet....
I would like to write more, and I will share this...
Look at the “preciousness" of the children in your life and show this to them.
Steve and I are spending this next week planning some changes that we need to make in our home and our parenting. Remember I said earlier that I have gotten off track from my real motivation? You might ask, what is this motivation?” Honestly, and painfully, my motivation has become “control”...control the arguing, the fights, the yelling, problems and the disobedience. However, my heart motivation is to have a relationship of love and respect with my children, and to show them that they are precious to me and to the LORD.
Please journey with me as I practically bring hope and healing to my children over the next months. Honestly, today has been hard...there have been several melt downs (one lasted for over 45 minutes). We are not in a “crisis” situation”, however, I can say that we are “wore down”. But, Steve and I feel that we are on the right path to helping our children who have come from hard places and giving our family hope and healing.
I can’t do this alone....and I pray that what I am learning, you will journey with me, because, one way or another, we all are in relationship with someone who needs to know that they are PRECIOUS.
But before you start your tomorrow, can I tell you,
YOU ARE PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
Let’s shine some PRECIOUS light!!!