Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spiritual Parenting, part 2

So what does Spiritual Parenting look like anyway?

First, ask yourself these two questions:

Do you believe God's Spirit wants to captivate the hearts of your kids?

But do you also feel exhausted simply getting through the day, just to wake up and do it all again?

Parenting is hard work.  From potty training to drivers' licenses, it never ends.
That is why the goal of Spiritual Parenting is simple   . . . and so profound.

Dr. Michelle Anthony shares the goal with us:

"Parents can move beyond merely managing their child's behavior and choose to partner with God's Spirit in order to create environments in their home that will encourage children to know God's voice, desire to obey Him, and obey Him in the power of the Holy Spirit for a lifetime."

WOW !!!

The goal of Spiritual Parenting is to be Holy Spirit led 
and to teach our kids to be Holy Spirit led also.

Aahh...  take a deep breath.  Can you smell freedom in the air?  Parenting in the power of the Holy Spirit means that we aren't parenting on our own.  It means we aren't the "Behavior Factory" general managers, controlling our children's every thought or step.  It means we can rely on God's Spirit to show us how to create proper boundaries and powerful environments and then believe Him to do the impossible :   change them from the inside out.

"Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom."  2 Corinthians 3:17

Are you captivated yet?  Are you wondering how do we DO that in everyday life?  In the next post, Spiritual Parenting, part 3, we will introduce the Spiritual Parenting concept of creating environments for the Holy Spirit to move in our kids' lives.

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