Emotionally Healthy Pathway 4

Building on the previous week’s discussion of the “walls” we encounter in our maturation, this week we considered the possibility that great growth and transformation can happen in times of pain, grief, and loss (including coming to terms with our limits).

Pathway 4 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is “Enlarging Your Soul Through Grief and Loss.”

Here are 8 limits common to all of us.

In “On Grief and Growing Up”, Lee helps parents understand that what they feel guilty about may actually be grief over their kids growing up…

And, get a glimpse of one family’s journey to have their soul enlarged through the grief of losing a young mom.

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“Seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

One of the ways that we seek the things that are above is to remember that we are united with Christ in his ascension to heaven. Because Jesus continuously intercedes for us, we are welcome in the throne room of God. Listen to last Sunday’s message on our current series page as we continue to be shaped by Colossians 3.1-17.

How do we get to the throne room right now? Through prayer.

Jesus did it as a crucial part of his rhythm of life.

When we don’t know what to pray, Scripture gives us the words, and even sitting in silence has transformative power.

And prayer has the ability to show us God’s goodness in the here and now, even in the smallest of ways. Read more in “That Time Prayer Actually Worked.”

Making the most of our time with Family

Are you a parent seeking a more fulfilling balance of work and family life? Here are 7 suggestions (and a recommended book) to get you started.

When you look back at your kids’ childhood, what will you not regret having done? Tim shares his list of “18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids.”

Don’t think your family’s busy schedule is leaving opportunity for faith practices? Traci has 6 places/times that might be hiding in plain sight.

When Your Kid is on the Field

For most families, organized sports make up a lot of our free time. More and more, it’s becoming a year round cycle as kids move from one team to another, one seasonal sport to another. little league

We’ve also all heard the stories in the news about parents kicked out of ice rinks and off the field for their bad behaviour. How does our faith and Christian life intersect our children’s hobbies?

Jose shares “5 godly lessons from sports” and parenting.

Dan reflects on the bad example he set for his daughter while jeering from the sidelines.

Tina has collected a few different pieces on Families and Sports including a mom’s thoughts on how sports have had a positive impact on her family, what to do about sporting events on Sundays, a reflection on the spiritual growth of one child through his participation in Little League, and sports as a way to bring God glory.

 

Photo by Rob Zand. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Got the Parenting Blues?

I forced down a sob when I said the words, ‘This parenting thing is so hard.’

Been there, felt that? Kristen shares more in, “When Parenting Knocks the Breath Out of You.”

As a single parent sometimes easily overrun by decisions and judgement calls needed to be made, I try my best to parent beyond me.

Let Guy share more of his journey as a single father with you in, “Parenting beyond Me.”

Every time I ask the kids if they want to go to church with me and they say no, it’s hard not to become upset or even angry. At them, for not wanting to go. At Jason, for making it easier for them to say no. At the Church, for not being absolutely irresistible to them. At me, for not being a better example of why we should go to services.

Alise shares about the struggles of faith and seeking when only one parent believes in Jesus in “Christian Parenting When Only One Parent is Christian.”

Finally, find some encouragement as a parent (or as a child looking to avoid being like your parents) from the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew. It’s “An Unlikely Source of Reminder” that

Children do not always follow in the ways of their parents.

Parents don’t always guide their children into their ways.

 

This post is for parents and is meant to encourage them in various circumstances, including single parenting.

Imperfect Parenting

photo by Barbara ReyesNobody is a perfect parent. And who decides what perfect parenting is, anyway?

Good parenting, on the other hand, we do know a thing or two about; and it ain’t always pretty.

“Does that bookshelf really have to be perfect?” is a good reminder to take advantage of opportunities for relationship building with your kids.

Consider this story of a dad dealing with letting his teenage sons see him fail. Or, this mom’s confession about the hard times when one kid’s crying, another’s pouting, the third spilled the pancake batter and the patience is a bit hard to come by.

How about an ‘everyday theology’ for parenting? Check out this short review of the book Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People.

 

 

This post is for parents of children and teens and it addresses issues of failure, modeling/teaching, patience, love, and relationship building.

Photo by Barbara Reyes, hosted by Marion Doss. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Summer Reading

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This week we’re sharing four different lists of books to explore on four different topics. Since the lists are of non-fiction works, we also wanted to encourage your fiction reading with “4 Benefits of Reading Fiction.”

10 books for Christian Parents

7 books on Faith, Work and Economics

5 books on Singleness

21 books for Twentysomethings

Photo by Alan Levine. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.