Parenting is a crazy journey. It can feel simultaneously wonderful and terrible all at the same time! I know because I’ve been there. I’ve raised four kids and now have five grandchildren. Most of my parenting journey was great, but I found that I struggled with a lot of anxiety. There were days when I wondered if I would lose my mind or, worse, if I would mess up their minds.
Well into my parenting journey, I began a new spiritual practice that not only enhanced my relationship with God, but it also made me a better parent and strengthened my relationships with my children. It began with cancer and a friend challenging me, “Becky, will you praise God for twenty minutes a day even as you walk through cancer?” Initially, I thought that was a pretty lame idea! But, after considering my options, I decided to take my friend’s challenge. What I experienced radically changed my life.
I began intentionally praising God daily for what He was doing in my kids’ lives and in mine.
I praised Him that cancer wasn’t catching Him off guard and that I could trust Him with our family’s future. Trust me, there were moments when I didn’t feel like it! But as I continued, “I learned that praising God isn’t just some glib hallelujah when finances are prospering, your health is flourishing, and your family is thriving. Praising God is the intentional declaration by faith that exalts God above your life circumstances.”
I praised God for His sovereign control over the lives of my children. I exalted Him that He loved my kids even more than I did. I worshiped Him as the Almighty One who was able to do beyond what I could even imagine in the lives of my kids.
As I continued, I began to notice changes.
My kids’ faith grew deeper and my anxiety lessened. Spiritual victories were won in our family, and relationships grew stronger. I have come to believe that praising God is key to confident parenting and a powerful tool for building strong families.
Friend, you can be the confident parent that God has called you to be! Your family can thrive! Will you dare to praise God no matter what your circumstances?
Questions for reflection:
- In what area of your parenting journey do you feel the temptation to worry?
- If you could change one thing about your family life, what would it be?
- How might praising God change you as a parent?