by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta
I need to tell you about another book that was just released. This one, by Julie Lavender, is a devotional for moms of all ages. Moms of toddlers to adult kids will be able to identify with these devotions.
Reading these short stories has resonated with me. Julie has the ability to connect with us on a personal level because as the mother of four children, she knows what our days can be like.
As parents, we can be attacked with the plague of regret over mistakes we make while raising our children. One chapter of Strength for All Seasons focuses on encouraging us to look forward instead of living in regret. We have all been there. We can gain encouragement from biblical characters who made mistakes. God always redeemed those failures for His glory.
Julie tells us, “Instead of dwelling on our past mistakes, God wants us to look ahead at what great things are to come. Paul the former persecutor of new Christians, said, in Philippians 3:13 (NIV), ‘But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.’ God has good things planned for us. Let’s leave regrets in the past where they belong.”
We sometimes look at other moms and dads and think they are perfect, at least more perfect than we are. I experienced this when my boys were growing up. When I homeschooled them, in my mind the other kids fared better than mine and their parents were better teachers. When my sons attended public school, my thoughts played other games with me for different reasons.
God doesn’t want us to compare ourselves to others whether in parenting or other issues of life. We need to look to Christ for our identity and only use Him as the standard for our lives.
We can be successful parents when we look to Christ and live according to His character.
I know you will enjoy reading this book which is available on Amazon. Don’t forget Christmas is coming and this would make a wonderful gift for a mom.
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