God wants to speak to you and give you fresh vision for you and your parenting. When the Lord speaks to you concerning your children, will you act on what He says? Will you follow His leading? Now, more than ever, as parents we must be sensitive to hear what God is saying, so we can lead our children with inner peace and strength.

From the day our children are born, there is a countdown until they are no longer in your immediate care. Just take a look through a few of your child’s pictures and you will see how quickly your children are growing right before your eyes. While we have our children in our care, we must remember some of our long term goals. Raising children that love and rely on God, become independent, and are productive citizens in the world, just to name a few. Parenting is not just about intentionality, but sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

When God speaks, lets listen! And when God directs, let's obey! Abide in God's Word fervently and surround yourself with tools that will help you more readily hear. God wants us to make purposeful adjustments, changes, and complete overhauls in this new year, so that our families are positioned for abundant living and blessing.

We can read all the books, receive counseling, and have tons of life lessons to share. But, without going to God for ourselves regularly and acting on what we hear, our parenting will prove to be dramatically less effective.

Every parent is imperfect. But we serve a perfect parent. Our God is a perfect and loving Father.

Whether your raising one child, three, or eight don’t get caught up in only providing the food, shelter, home school or homework help. Although providing for your children's physical needs alone can seem overwhelming, I implore you that your children’s greatest need is their parents going to battle for them on their knees.

This year, we will continue embracing our new normal. But, we must have divine direction with every step that we take. Gear up in your faith and expect God to reveal Himself in a new way.

Honestly address pride and personal inadequacies as a parent every day before God and He will help you! Only God can help us as parents to lead in love and leave a legacy.

Let this be a wake a call to press forward. Our children are a blessing from God. If you are currently having a rough time... know that God can calm the chaos. Continue to seek after God, and He will show up!

God has brought us through 2020, and I pray your heart is still abounding in the hope that we have in

Jesus. Nothing magically happens at the dawn of a new year, but God wants to continue doing a work in

us as parents and He will continue to direct us in how we nurture and care for our families.

God has given us times and seasons so that we can be aware that time is quickly passing. How did you

do with the time you were given last year? Do you see areas for improvement? Don’t feel guilty, just

begin to pick up where you have left off. Renew lifestyle disciplines that will promote benefits for you

and your family in the long run.

Discipline is defined as an “activity or experience that provides mental or physical training.”

Set your main goals for you, your marriage, and family.

We make our plans and submit them to God, and the LORD determines our steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

Our plans are just an outline and our written surrender to utilize the time God has given us wisely. My

family had a family meeting and we wrote out some of our goals. I would encourage you and your

families to do the same. As families, who are living to honor Christ, remember that the ultimate goal of

our plans is to honor God’s desires for us and to share His love and hope with others.

“ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

– Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

In these uncertain times, we have to daily chose to have our heart set on God’s unchanging hand and

that will allow us to focus on the work that He has destined for each of us to do. God will continue to

work supernaturally in our homes as we stay focused and disciplined in doing what He desires. This life

we have is not our own, we belong to Christ and He alone has the power to equip us with the discipline

needed to stay the chartered course He has destined for us in this new year.

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the

day of Christ Jesus" 

-Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

We can be confident that God has great plans in store for us and we must reassure our children of this

promise despite anything we see going on around us. Our hope at home is built on our great and mighty God. Lift up your plans of the Lord this year as a family and watch God continue to prosper, bless and direct you and your family!

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“Come on and gather around everybody It's gonnabe a celebration For unto us a child is born If you're looking, you will find Him Wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger You will know it's Him because you will find The glory of the Lord in His hands It's a great day!”

This has been my car riding jam song this week! This song is by an infamous and timeless gospel group, “The Clark Sisters.” They have penned a melody to all the joy that encompasses this amazing holiday season. I don’t know about you, but after all that we have faced this year, I am fully embracing the chance to celebrate Jesus with a heart of joy and thanksgiving. The only reason that we have the Christmas tree, the lights, gifts and special memories is because of Jesus. When He came, He set us free from all the hurt, pain and fear we would ever encounter!! I am soo glad Jesus came y’all! Because of Him we always have hope, no matter what is going on in our family or in the world around us.

“It’s a celebration You don't need an invitation The Messiah is born … Celebrate the King of Kings The Lord of Lords The King of all the nations!”

I pray you keep Jesus at the center of your festivities. We have a family tradition of doing a devotional before opening gifts. But how ever you see fit, I hope you enjoy celebrating Jesus birthday! Have a blessed Merry Christmas and may God’s peace and joy be renewed in your hearts!

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