A Prayer of Thanks for My Teenager

If you are a mom to teenagers, then you know just how quickly the time flies. My third child to parent through the teen years hit the magical “teen” mark at the beginning of January. Wow! How incredible to think that God has grown this boy from a sweet little innocent baby to a squeaky voice, taller-than-his-mama teenager! When I think about the next few years of his life, I get a little… ok, a lot, whimsical. I truly believe it is important to continue to pray for my teenagers as I did for them as children. With the issue of a driver’s license, perhaps I pray more.  

Today I just wanted to offer up a prayer of thanks for my teenager. Technically I have two teenagers currently, but I wanted you to feel free to use this prayer!

A Prayer of Thanks for My Teenager

Father,
Often a mom will reflect on her treasures.
Today I’m thanking you for my teenager.
I can scarcely grasp
That you knitted the soul of a sweet baby
And then gifted me that baby,
Both body and soul to nurture.
While the days and weeks and months have passed,
It’s hard to believe my baby is a teenager.
Thank you for the privilege of sculpting a spirit
And your guidance to do so.
How I need you, Jesus.
Thank you that the sweet days far outweigh the hard;
And that your grace covers our faults.
While we may not see eye to eye on every issue in life,
We’re both thriving in your love each day.
This fact alone is a gift from you;
And I praise you for it.
May each anticipated milestone be embraced to the fullest.
May our hearts traverse closer to you and each other.
I pray in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

a prayer of thanks for my teenager

Parenting Books Giveaway! One for Him- One for Her

parenting book giveaway

Why I read parenting books

One of the things I often wish for since my Mom went to Heaven 14 years ago is the opportunity to ask for her advice. Having raised a family of nine children, her brilliant wisdom in parenting is sorely missed. I suppose that is one of the reasons I have read a ton of parenting books. Ok, maybe not a literal ton. Another reason I truly enjoy parenting books is because I love new ideas. Reading always prompts new ways of doing things and sometimes my parenting style or mode gets a little stale.  I need some refreshment to remember how important this job is! Educating yourself on all aspects of parenting is always a good thing, Amen?

Today I wanted to share with you a book for Mom and a book for Dad.

The Making of a Mom

The Making of a Mom: Practical Help for Purposeful Parenting is a wonderful practical guide for purposeful parenting. While this book is a great guide for young moms, Stephanie Shott, the author has included incredible mentoring resources for moms of all ages. One of my favorite parts of this book is the prayers for moms throughout the book. Here’s one example:

A Prayer for Mom
Oh, Lord, it’s so easy to find myself drowning in the sea of motherhood. There’s so much to do, so many expectations and so many ways I feel I just don’t measure up. Help me embrace each messy moment that comes my way as treasured time and teachable moments. Enable me to see past the sea of problems we face every day, not to compare myself to others, not to be deflated by my own inadequacies, not to be overwhelmed by overwhelming circumstances, and to trust You to be enough and to make me enough because I am Yours. Your Word says that I am complete in You, that I have everything I need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3) and that You have made me more than a conqueror (Romans 1:37). Help me live daily in that truth and not be an overwhelmed momma!

What an encouraging prayer for moms!

Super Husband Super Dad

The parenting book for dads I recently enjoyed is Super Husband, Super Dad: You Can Be the Hero Your Family Needs. Tim Shoemaker writes with such passion and yet encouragement for the next generation. This book tackles tough subjects like fighting for your marriage, balancing time and resources, and handling teenage rebellion. Tim has three grown sons and has been happily married for over 33 years! Here’s an example of some of the easy-to-remember parenting hints Tim offers:

  • When you see a clear opening, take it.
  • Don’t avoid the tough stuff.
  • Teach lessons through the news.
  • Create your own informal opportunities.

 

Ok, Friends. who wants to win a parenting book today? I thought you might! Follow the giveaway instructions and I’ll see you tomorrow as we finish out the Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series!

For more information on either of these books, follow these links:

The Making of a Mom: Practical Help for Purposeful Parenting

Super Husband, Super Dad: You Can Be the Hero Your Family Needs

For more parenting book suggestions, check out:

Encouraging Books for Moms
Top Parenting Books for Dads

See you tomorrow!
Rachel

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4 Tips for Parenting Teens In A Digital World

 

 

Parenting teens in a digital world***Post includes a giveaway of  Rescue, Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture

As children grow, their needs change. Every parent realizes this fact early on, but during the teen years, it seems we become acutely aware of the world in which we are raising our children. With all the instant access to friends via social media networks and endless opportunities of online connections, the world can seem more troubling each day. I love digital connections, but teaching our teens to appropriately manage a digital world is extremely important.

About nine years ago, my oldest daughter was allowed to own her first cell phone. At this point in the cell phone economy,calling and texting were about the limit. Since then, social media and gaming sites have significantly broadened the reach of a cell phone user. Today I wanted to provide a few tips on parenting teens in a digital world.

1. Decide on a digital-free time zone as a family.

What works for us may not work for you;but for us, this digital-free time zone is meal times at home. I will say that we have made the exception at restaurants on occasion because waiting times have been longer than usual or the restaurant atmosphere is not conducive to conversation. Maybe your time is the last hour before bed. Decide on a family time together when everyone purposefully looks in one other’s eyes for good, old-fashioned conversation. ;)

2. Address self-image issues with a Biblical foundation.

No matter the age of the user, online comparison is a trap just waiting to happen. You can always find someone who has a better senior photo, more friends, or a stronger sense of fashion. But when I was a teen, we only saw that someone in social settings. Now they come through the phone into your teen’s bedroom via Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Snapchat and every other social media network. Teenagers need verbal encouragement from their parents on a consistent basis in order to proactively sculpt the right Christian self-image. Feel free to use this list of Bible verses for when you feel “not good enough” to reinforce how much God loves them just as they are.

3. Set behavioral expectations for cell phone, tablet, and all electronics usage.

Making wise decisions about who you trust with very personal information is extremely important. Remembering that every digital action and reaction leaves a traceable imprint is priority.

4. Emphasize that digital access of any kind is a privilege.

Just like any other privilege, if your teen’s phone or tablet or gaming device is used inappropriately for any reason, then that privilege can be withheld.

Parenting a teen in today’s culture is challenging to say the least. My son is in middle school and he is one of the only kids in his classes who doesn’t own a cell phone. While there are many reasons for making the decision of when and how much online and media access to give to your teen, today my hope was to provide a few thoughts to stimulate proactive parenting in this tough teen area.

Recently I was introduced to a newly-released book, Rescue, Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture by Candy Gibbs. This book is packed with practical tips for not only the murky waters of technology, but also the deep waters of sex, sexting, abortion, communication, family expectations,and more. Candy is the Executive Director of CareNet Pregnancy Centers in Amarillo, TX. I’m privileged to be giving away 2 copies of this awesome book today; just follow the Rafflecopter to enter.

For more information on this wonderful resource, check it out here:
Rescue, Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture

Have a marvelous Monday!

Rachel

 

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