The lessons continue. Geoff and I have been listening to more of Mark Hamby's "Life Changing Seminars." We are learning so much and feeling challenged, inspired and reflective.
Tonight I heard Geoff pull into the garage after work at 5:50. At 6:00, he still hadn't come into the house. Sure enough, he was sitting in his car listening to the ending of one of Mark's teachings. I had to laugh, because I've done the very same thing.
If you haven't listened to Mark's teachings yet, I highly encourage you to do so. All I can say is—you'll laugh—you'll cry—you'll be forever changed for the better.
Mark teaches from a transformed life. God is using him powerfully in the lives of families—especially mine.
One of the foundations of his teachings is that successful relationships are found in following the example of Jesus.
Christ came to Earth not to be served, but to serve. He came not to take lives, but to give His life. He came not to judge, but forgive.
As I learn to surrender my need for control, God has been slowing down my days. He's allowing me to recognize individual moments where I can make new choices. One of the biggest choices I can make is between focusing on my children's responsibilities—or—focusing on my relationship with them.
I can battle with my children over things they forget to do—or—I can choose instead to bless them by doing it for them.
Talk about turning the current parenting trend upside-down!
This new way of parenting definitely challenges me to the core. However, after only a week of trying it out, I am finding that my kids are happier and more peaceful. And, just as important—so am I.
I had no idea how much control was rooted in fear and pride. But I'm learning, and, am once again thankful for God's grace and patience.
Friend, when God begins a deep work within our hearts, there's no need to be afraid. He never expects us to do it on our own. He will always give us the necessary tools, wisdom and guidance we need along the way.
And, He will give us countless opportunities to try again when we make mistakes. Don't give up and don't stop believing in Him. He will see you through!
May we both continue LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
Reflecting on His love,