This may be number one. Take care of you—in every way. If you fall apart, your household falls apart. If we neglect ourselves, it will eventually trickle over into our parenting. There’s a limit on how much we can pour out if we aren’t filling up.
Mark 6:31 says, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”
We need to get alone with God routinely. It’s not selfish to make yourself a priority. Over time, skipping meals and overlooking exercise will wear down your body. Be your best self and the best parent possible by taking care of your physical and spiritual health.
6. Pray about everything.
There is SO much to worry about as a parent. “Is she eating enough?” “Is his speech delayed?” “Will her feelings be hurt?” “Can he make friends?” Parenting can be scary! If we don’t cast our cares on God, we can start to feel really overwhelmed by it all.
Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
There is no problem too small or big for God. Keep your concerns and hopes in a notebook to remind yourself to pray about them regularly. It’ll be helpful to look back at past concerns and see how much things have improved, or how much you need to continue praying for certain things. Your mind can rest a little knowing you’ve at least shared your worries with God and prayed about them.
7. Stay hopeful.
The responsibility of parenting can be terrifying if we put it all on ourselves, wondering what the outcome will be for the tiny humans we’re raising. But when we remember there is someone greater to lean on, we can stay hopeful that things will be okay.
Isaiah 40:30-31 tells us, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
He renews our strength when we remain hopeful and wait patiently on Him to do things in His timing.
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