My weekend at dotMom only continued to fuel that fire and passion. I’m just going to give you my notes from the first session with Jen Hatmaker and then a few concluding thoughts at the end. (Please not that below are mostly direct quotes taken from her session. They are her words. Not mine.)
1. Relaxing in parenting.
Fear makes an already hard job–motherhood–harder than it needs to be. Relax. Jen showed a video of her kids sliding down her stairs covered in sleeping bags on a boogie board. You can tell she’s filming the video and hear her laughing in the background. Relax and enjoy your kids.
Romans 8:28-89 (hover over reference to read)
Being conformed to the image of Christ is not easy for us OR our kids. Our job is not to shield them from everything hard.
I don’t want my kids safe and comfortable. I want them BRAVE. I don’t want to be the reason my kids choose safety and comfort over COURAGE.
Parent with diligence but parent without fear.
2. Relax in rest.
Rest is a gift that God wants for us. Ask Him for what we need in order to rest.
The day of rest is the ONLY day God blessed and made holy.
Exodus 16 (Israelites gathering manna and quail)
Gather just enough for one day and it’s only good for one day. God sustains us in our daily labor. Spending time with Him sustains us. His Word is our daily bread.
On the sixth day, we gather enough for two days because tomorrow, we rest and the manna won’t be there.
As I said before, God is stirring in me. I’m not satisfied with the status quo. I told my husband the other night that I wasn’t sure what it was, but something was changing.
I don’t want to parent out of fear. I don’t want to make life choices for my son based out of fear. This starts with me living without fear. Stepping out in faith following after what the Lord has called our family to do–whatever that is. And right now, I have absolutely no idea of any specifics. I know it involves serving others more–particularly the poor, widowed, and orphaned–and not being afraid of how being around “those people” may affect my son. It involves continuing to downsize the excess we live in to free up our finances to give.
I’m tired of reading about other people’s amazing adventures with God. I want to live my own. <–Like it? Tweet it!
Definitely a work in progress as I continue to process what I heard this weekend and seek the Lord’s direction.
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