Grace-Filled Parenting for the Legalist Child

Parenting is something that has been heavy on my mind since before I ever felt the first symptoms of pregnancy. I think I had a healthy fear of parenting. I knew the importance of bringing a child into the world and I wanted to do it right. 

Of course, there really is no absolute right way to be a parent. Kids are all different. Some are shy and quiet, others are loud and rambunctious. Some kids are naturally obedient people-pleasers and others are born with a curious rebellious streak. As a parent you have to be willing to adjust your sails. Even with kids within the same family you might have to make certain changes and accommodations to your parenting style. 

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My Little Mermaid

My daughter has taken a liking to Little Mermaid. So much so that when we renovated our house this summer and decided the kids could each have their own room, she requested a Little Mermaid room. 

This brought back some wonderful memories because I also had a Little Mermaid themed room when I was a kid. I even searched high and low for the same glow-in-the-dark Little Mermaid table lamp I used to have. No luck. But I'll keep scouring eBay!

I was, however, contacted about a Little Mermaid LEGO set around the same time we were remodeling, which piqued my interest. 

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rest in Him

Last Saturday we had our monthly women's gathering for Christ Fellowship Coral Gables. I had the opportunity to teach on rest. This is not something I've excelled at lately. Ever since summer ended life has been incredibly busy and full. I barely have time to slow down on any given day. But as I was reading Scripture lately (I've been camping out in the Psalms because it has been such a comfort to me) I realized the importance of rest. 

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the next small step

I joke that I have an existential crisis about every three months, but it's kind of true. This month it hit me again. That panicky feeling in my chest. The racing thoughts in my head. What am I even doing?! Who am I?! Mostly because I've had, what seems like, countless people casually ask me the same question over and over again. 

What do you want to do with your life?

I feel paralyzed when people ask me this. Is there even a correct response? I'm not sure there's any one thing I will be doing for the rest of my life. I may be a 32 year old wife and mother, but in many ways I'm a 19 year old frat boy (mainly my eating habits and my fear of commitment). 

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