I'm so excited to have professional blogger, Krystle K, from www.thesnapmom.com, guest blogging as part of my series, Life-Giving Parenting. Make sure to check out her site. Enjoy her post!
As a mother of two under two, I definitely feel as though I'm knee deep in the trenches of parenthood but I also know that 2 years is hardly scratching the surface of what a lifetime of motherhood is going to teach me. It gets me choked up thinking about it. I cannot even fathom my two little ones being adults and mothers themselves one day.
I'm honored that Julia would consider me a candidate to share on life-giving parenting and want to make this as helpful and to the point as possible because you mamas don't have all day for me to ramble.
Here are my 3 steps to life-giving parenting:
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:7 says to "pray without ceasing" and I believe we cannot be life-giving if we are not connecting ourselves to The Life Giver.
Long before my children were born. I prayed for them daily and also sought the Lord for a "life-verse" for each of them. This verse I pray specifically over them daily. I view it as speaking their futures into existence & claiming God's best for their lives. Through-ought the day I am praying and asking for God to give me the "fruits of the spirit" found in Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control." These are, I believe, are crucial in have a life-giving mentality in parenting.
We all know that the tongue has the power of life and death. I focus on speaking truth and love over my daughters. I choose to not focus on their faults and short comings but call out the good I see in them and also speaking into existence what caring, loving, able, giving, capable, talented and terrific people they will be. It breaks my heart when people call their children names like "brat" or "naughty" because children absorbs the words we speak over them.
This is the hardest part. Walking the walk.
Our children see us in our rawest form.
The unfiltered concentrated you.
In order to be life-giving parents we must be life-giving people. Our children will mirror our actions much faster than our words. The most important thing you do as a parent falls within the 4 walls of your house. How you treat your spouse and those in your life will be the ultimate "life-giving" example to your children.
Krystle K is a professional blogger for www.thesnapmom.com & lives in Sarasaota, FL with her husband and 2 daughters.