1–Keep your heart focused on your purpose:  this may change over the years as your children grow up.  Initially you are teaching them, then you are training them, then guiding them, then befriending them.  But at each stage of the way you need to have Christ’s love and heart for them.

2–Be content in where God has you and all that that involves:  this means you may have to let go of things that you were doing in previous seasons of life or thought you would do in the future.

3–Have fun:  it is easy to get so focused on the important stuff in raising our kids that we forget that fun is to be a part of our life too.  We can’t be so task orientated that we forget to connect with our kids.

4–Make time for relationship – not just being together, but constantly getting to know each other.   Have you thought of ‘getting to know your kids’ – this is so important – they are people.

5–Recognise seasons in your life – different seasons brings different demands on our time and energies.  No one seasons lasts forever.

6–Be a God pleaser – not a people pleaser.  We cannot please everyone all the time, but God remains consistent with what He requires of us – that we love Him and love our neighbour.

7–Be in it for the long term – be aware that your everyday decisions have long term consequences therefore we have to be intentional and directive even about the little things.

8–Focus on Jesus – He is the one that brings you hope – not on all the stuff you are doing.

9–Look after yourself – first of all we need to know ourselves, but then we need to make time to care for ourself – for our physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

10–Make time for Jesus – this should of course be number 1!

 

Further Reading:

5 Decisions to Help Me Live in the Moment: To live in the moment is an issue of contentment – and it becomes a day by day choice I have to make.

A defining Moment: It is in our Response: In looking to share a defining moment I realised that it isn’t any one moment that defines us but rather our response to that moment.

You Can’t do it all: Sometimes you need to ask for Help: Asking for help is hard but sometimes we need to acknowledge that we can’t do it all and we have to be honest and brave enough ask for help.

 

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