In 29 years of parenting experience, I know what it means to be tempted to give up.
Sometimes when we work and work to instill the ways of Christ in our kids and we keep suffering setbacks, we might be tempted to give up...or give in....or compromise our own beliefs or standards.
But before you do, I encourage you look carefully at the picture at the top of this post.
On the other side of your parenting work...(or lack of work) ..will be your own grandbabies!!!
How is that for a sobering reality check?
When my son in law Adam sent me this picture, I gasped to myself.
Do you know how grateful I am to the Lord that we did not give up when we nearly lost our daughter Kalyn to a messy teen disaster of rebellion and pain?
Do you know how glad I am that we weathered some dandy criticism of our parenting of Nathan, our first born, by those who thought our Christian standards were too "difficult?"
Do you know how thankful I am that even today when my house full of teens demanded so much of my leadership attention that I was tempted to get weary in well doing and give in...but I didn't?
Why? Because the baton pass to the next generation is what it is all about!!
So maybe you are many years away from a cute little table circled with all your grandbabies praying, but believe me, the day will be here sooner than you can even believe!
And you will never regret that you took the effort and priority to disciple their mama or daddy in the things of the Lord.
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Have you got a messy teen disaster in your home too? It may be a spiritual attack.
I'll tell you how we fought back in my book, Unmask the Predators.