Parenting is a battle. Can I get an AMEN from someone? And like in wartime, these battles are won in the little moments. The phrase gaining ground is a term coined on the battlefield referring to how an army would steadily advance, little by little, across the field of battle. Gaining ground was usually slow and hard, and required great focus on the objective while in the line of fire. In one battle you could move backwards and forwards dozens of times, making perseverance and courage invaluable assets to an army.
As we attempt to love our kids with the mind of God, we are in a battle. We have a goal of loving our children like God does and one day sending them out into the world to share that same love with others. To get there, we need a strategy for gaining ground. We need to know how to battle in the trenches of daily parenting in a way that pushes ahead towards our goal.
Deuteronomy 6 is God’s strategy for how we gain ground in our parenting. The battle is fought with constant reminders of Jesus’ perfect love for our children. It is fought with “I’m sorry” and “Will you forgive me?” and “Can we try that again?” and “What do you think God’s Word has to say about that?”
And it will be fought minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour. Let’s get started.
Excerpted from Ready to Launch. © 2014 J.D. and Veronica Greear. Published by LifeWay Press®. Used by permission. http://lfwy.co/1fT4wGe
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