It’s Not Too Late

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I’ve heard it said that, as parents, we only have 19 summers with our kids before they leave the nest. The days are long, but the years are short, and to me, 19 was a sobering number.
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Our family is headed into summer 16 with our oldest, and looking back, I have no idea where the time went! All I know is, we intend to make the most of what’s left.

Teens need their parents more than ever in these volatile years. This is not the time to throw up your hands and give in to the tides of culture. We need to stop promoting the idea that it’s natural for every teen to shut themselves in their room with headphones on, hating their family. ⠀⠀
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The teen years are a critical time for relationship. As parents, we must transition from training and disciplining to coaching. We must elevate them to an adult level, while gently steering them with wisdom and grace. It’s not an easy balance, but it is possible with focus and intention. ⠀⠀
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Wherever you are in your parenthood journey, it is not too late! Turn off the noise- the TV shows, Netflix, YouTube, Instagram. Turn on some music and start having conversations. You will be amazed at what you learn about your kids! They are deep thinkers who need to know that you HEAR THEM. But remember, in order to truly hear, we have to LISTEN!!!
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The time to start is NOW- cultivate that dialogue with your child. Listen more than you speak. Instruct them in righteousness when they are NOT in error, and when they make mistakes, don’t condemn. The goal is to win their hearts, not to rule over them.  :)
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We only have 19 summers with the most precious gift God can give us. Let’s make every moment count!

Break out your Believe oil, or Gathering, and gently but deeply allow the aroma to penetrate your mind and your heart. You CAN have a healthy relationship with your teen. Choose to believe it. Gather in those negative emotions and hold every thought captive to Christ.  You’ve got this.

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Now Is Our Time

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There are so many people out there seemingly living such beautiful lives… traveling to exotic places, climbing El Capitan, performing on stage, succeeding wildly at a business venture… doing things that causes the world to take notice and give applause. Good for them!
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And then there’s the rest of us. With dishes in the sink, laundry to fold, too many things on the calendar, none of which are more exciting than a dentist appointment… is it just me?
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Life is made up of all the little moments in between the laundry folding and the trips to the dentist. It’s the conversations in the car and tucking my kids in to a freshly made bed. It’s taking the dog for a walk, pouring a cup of coffee, sitting down to a meal together… and of course, doing the dishes.

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There are imperfections, hardships, struggles. Something breaks, money is tight, someone’s health is failing. Marriages unravel, children disobey, jobs come to an end… this is life. And it’s not always pretty
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But in between the big moments of chaos are always little moments of peace- something to laugh about, something beautiful to see, a pause, a stillness. And THOSE are the moments that define the times, if we can see them. .🤔
For me, the past three years have been full of the “asphalt and concrete of life”- both literally and figuratively- it hasn’t been very pretty. But always there were cracks in the sidewalk where something small and beautiful has grown.
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If you are going through a less than beautiful patch of life right now, if you feel like there’s nothing but asphalt as far as you can see, remember, It only takes a decade for a forest to reclaim a city.
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So grab your Acceptance, Gathering or Gratitude oil, and let the uplifting aroma wash over you. Breathe deeply and feel your frustration melt away.  There may have been beautiful times behind you, and there will certainly be more beautiful times ahead, but where you are Right Now-

THIS time is yours.

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