{Post by Lisa}

The treasures we teach our children are really what is most important each day. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Do we want to leave our children in stress and worry or love and faith?

Why do we focus so much on our failures? Seriously, though. How have feelings of guilt and shame served us? They don’t. Instead they hold us down like a heavy weight and makes us feel defeated. Focusing on the treasures we teach our children can help. Every day we set an example.

Parenting is not about doing everything right all the time.

We will make mistakes, and we will learn from them. It’s about getting back up when we fall. We learn to let go of perfection and control. Parenting is so much more than any of us ever imagined and we really had no idea what we signed up for.

Parenting is about connecting, problem solving, adventure, forgiveness, and overcoming. There is love, hate, anger, resentment, understanding, and confusion. It’s in this craziness that we learn to serve and die to selfishness.

In our messy families we find a dance we can all dance too, sing a song that we can all hum too, and we learn to appreciate each other. For every moment of frustration there are a thousand more moments of joy.

We need to see our weaknesses becoming our biggest strengths.

There is no room for worry when God calls us to seek Him. Worry never changes a thing. It just takes up residence in our heads and makes us react in ways we wish we didn’t. It’s not worth it.

As moms it’s our calling to minister love and influence our children. We have to keep our minds on the end prize.

The end prize are the treasures we teach our children: life skills, values, and beliefs.

As parents we can choose to shower our children with fear or we can pour out faith, hope, and unconditional love.

Each morning when we wake up it’s a new day to give, encourage, and praise. With a thankful heart there is nothing that can keep us from growing up in God’s amazing love.

Are our kids going to see us with our heads down or are they going to see us standing tall with our hands raised up high? What example do we set?

Every day we push through self-condemnation and we don’t give up on ourselves. We make arrangements, set goals, make lists, create space, and manage chaos. We multitask so that everyone’s needs are met.

Our children depend on us even when they are mad at us. They know that we will not give up on them.
Just like we know that God will not abandon us.

That is just enough to get us through another dark valley of depression, grieving, or oppression. God is on our side and He will carry us through.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

The treasures we teach our children are really what is most important each day. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Do we want to leave our children in stress and worry or love and faith?

Wanted: Mom Friends! Lisa Brown from COmmunity Moms blog shares how she felt when she became a new mom and did not have a support system in place. This is great advice for moms whether new or experienced!Lisa is an aspiring writer with a mother’s passion for Homeschool Education. She has an 8 yr. old son, a 7 yr. old daughter, and has been married to her husband for 10+ yrs. Prior to marriage, she worked over 20 yrs. enriching the lives of hundreds of children and families. Lisa has a Bachelors in Social Work and Early Childhood Education. You can read more of Lisa’s posts on her blog – http://thefamilyroadmap.com/

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