Using God’s Example of Parenting; The Study of Grace
I start this post with a confession, I am scared. This is me, stepping out with faith, hoping that I will do justice to the word of God. It’s easy for me to talk about SAHM happiness, or overcoming the blues because they do not attempt to interpret the Gospel. You see, there’s this urge in my heart, to talk about what was revealed to me during these past few months while I’ve been on hiatus. I’ve fumbled with the title of this post, over and over again… wondering if the words that follow will accurately depict the message that is meant to be said. So, here it is, Using God’s Example of Parenting; The Study of Grace.
The obvious thing about “the daily”
I stutter. Hard pressed to write about our relatability. You read correctly. Our, as in YOU and ME. Motherhood is not without challenges but we all know that. Do I repeat it so much because it feels good? Or because someone new may need to hear and understand that they are not alone?
Both… and All. Don’t forget to read my open letter to new mothers.
The daily. It can leave you bare if you’re not careful. Our job is to mold these precious and beautiful beings into their full appointed potential. Our job is to show them the Good News and love them every step of the way. On the more literal sense, it feels like a lather, rinse, repeat. We start to lose our hope, our patience, our (shall we say it lightly?) sanity. How does using God’s example of parenting fit into all of this? Let’s take a moment to see what He says, and present it in a way that may reach.
An overview of the Old Testament
- God provided so much to Israel. Upon the face of the wilderness, He gave them manna to eat (Exodus 16:14-15). Yet they still acted up and complained.
- God tried again to strengthen the bonds between He and Israel. He made a covenant with the people of Israel that provided a full list of laws. If followed, this covenant created peace and defeat over evil/death. God would be able to live in harmony amongst them if they abided by the rules. [Book of Leviticus]
- Israel failed. [Book of Numbers]
- Even next generations failed. [Book of Deuteronomy]
- Furthermore, kings and leaders of Israel failed. [Book of Judges]
- Throughout all this, multiple teachers were used. (Moses and Joshua)
- Israel still failed.
- As the only way to save Israel (humanity), God sent his only begotten son, Jesus, to create a new covenant. Because of the sacrifices of Jesus, He now lives inside of us without separation. The New Testament explains the details; but note, grace was given freely to all (Ephesians 2:8).
How does this all apply to using God’s example of parenting?
If you open a metaphor, and consider Israel as your children, you’re on the right path. You see, God tried countless times to teach Israel, the same way we as parents strive to teach our children. If we can take anything away from the Old Testament, it’s the understanding that failure from our children is inevitable. However, using God’s example of parenting, we understand that grace is the cornerstone to redemption. As He passed grace to us, we too shall pass grace to our children.
If we were to put God’s example of parenting to practice, we would use the following steps:
- Provide resources- Give your children things they need throughout the day. This includes things like food, water, and assistance.
- Create instruction- Additionally, we, as parents, must supply some sort of directive for the day.
- Show leadership- Furthermore, give your children clear examples of what good behavior looks like. If they need to complete a task, lead them through it.
- Forgive as often as necessary- We all make mistakes. Forgive yourself and your children.
- Switch our focuses to center around grace- Grace ties with empathy, and empathy understanding. Focusing on grace let’s us be softer and more merciful in our daily lives.
Now it’s time to reflect.
I look forward to creating future posts, where we will continue the study of grace. The road of parenting is a huge journey, an personally, we are always learning. Taking a minute to reflect on God’s word and example can guide us, as well as put our hearts at ease.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. -John 1:16
Until next time, when your hands are full, it’s the best time to live life to the fullest.
With all sincerity,
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