I believe parenting is a time in which God can accelerate our growth, refining our character, producing in us patience and give us wisdom through experiences. And when we’re feeling particularly lonely as a parent, it’s also a precious time in which we can draw closer to Him.
God began to impress upon me that as my child was growing physically, I needed to be growing, too – spiritually, mentally and emotionally. So I responded by putting myself in the place where God could grow me in the way He desired.
Here are some growth opportunities I focused on that you, too, can implement to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity for growth as well.
Prioritize Your Relationship with God
Pray in the midst of the chaos, rock your children to sleep with an open Bible on your lap, or sing songs of praise to God as you’re singing them to sleep at night, your children learn that your love for God is an integral part of your life. And as your relationship with God deepens, your love for your children and wisdom to parent them deepens, too.
Praise Him in your circumstances
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says it pretty simply: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I’ve found nothing grows me more than when I continually thank God for my circumstances. A heart of gratitude draws you closer to the heart of God. Thank Him every day for your child, for your life and your family.