There has been so much that has happened over the course of the week its hard to know how to sift through all that is going on and use those moments, sometimes even times of heartaches to start some tough conversations with our kids. Conversations about life and yes, death too. While it is my preference to focus on the happy and fun moments sometimes God allows something that brings tears to mold my heart as well as the hearts of my kids.
How we handle those conversations can be key to reaching the very heart of our children. As they deal with the death of a precious pet, loved one, or something else they will want to know answers and find peace amidst the heartache. While circumstances (like in our case the death of a family pet) will prompt conversations it’s never easy answering the questions when your child’s heartbroken.
Another great way to start some good conversations with your children is through devotionals. One of the best parts about reading through a variety of devotional books with them is that it really seems to initiate some good conversations. Some of the conversations can extend over several days too.
I pray that Jake and I will seek God’s wisdom so that we know what and how to explain God’s goodness even in the sad moments as well as taking opportunities to share truth during those happy times. May we always cherish the times we have with the ones we love even more.
Is it just me or do you seem to repeat the same mistakes too? Sometimes I feel like take two steps forward and one step back in the process (possibly at times is it more like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back).
It is hard to be find joy and contentment in every moment of every day, especially when it seems like no matter what there’s always little ripples that happen throughout the days, weeks, months, and years. How do we find joy in the moments when we want to just go back to bed or go somewhere quiet or escape the stress of life?
If you find yourself repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Ask God for help, he can help you overcome even the little things that pop up in your life. Find people that you trust to be an accountability partners for you. You want people in your life that are not afraid to confront you if they see something in your life that isn’t wholesome for you and your family. Take time to pray and spend time with people who will encourage you to live a life that reflects goodness instead of repeating the same mistakes.
Look for the blessings in your life throughout each day. Turn your focus upward and outward. Every one of us has the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives around us.