Can I be really honest? .
Parenting teenagers is HARD. .
This girl is so smart, so kind, so capable - but being a teenager these days has pressures that didn’t exist when I was a teen. Or at least there’s just way more of them. Shepherding her heart and pointing her to Christ in a world that is shouting at her to choose HERSELF, sin, boys, etc - is a daunting task. She’s a typical teenager - she’s made mistakes - and she’ll continue to. It’s to be expected.
Our service this morning was about “doing” - and what we can do daily to point others to Christ. God spoke directly into my heart about my parenting. He’s also using the Bible study our small group is doing to do the same thing - so I’m pretty sure He’s shouting “Courtney, pay attention - this is important.”
I want to do it right. This is my most important job, my highest calling - and I don’t want to mess it up. I want to shepherd her heart in a way that points her to Christ. I want my discipline to reflect the heart of Christ, I want my actions to preach the gospel, not just my preachy words. I want her to see Christ reflected in our parenting, in our marriage, and I want her to desire Christ over the world. .
Jesus be near. Break this mama’s heart for what breaks yours. Help my eyes to be on YOU and not in comparing what everyone else is doing in their parenting. Help me to see the heart of my children - so that we can shepherd them well. .
🎈 Xandi had great fun at a wonderful birthday party today!
Thank you for such a lovely afternoon guys @natwests & @kaansakar ... Lessons learnt:
To Stop eating Natalie’s magical Vegan cookies at the first sign of Ooooh these are amazing! And walk away from the table, STAY AWAY from the table, if I’m ever near them again 😂
My Turkish has gone to utter Crap! I need to talk more Turkish 🤦🏻♀️ Iris is turning into a real little missy, beautiful and intelligent lil chickie. Happy Birthday, I hope we can take a similar photo of them in years to come. X .
Unspirasi cahaya islam
Cara Allah menyayangimu bukan dengan meringankan masalahmu, tapi dengan menguatkan imanmu sehingga sehebat apapun masalahmu kau tetap bertahan dan tak menyerah.. Cara Allah menyayangimu bukan dengan mengurangi beban yang kau pikul, tapi dengan mengokohkan pundakmu, sehingga kau mampu memikul amanah yang lebih besar kepadamu. 📝sahabatsurga
Cara Allah menyayangimu mungkin tak dengan memudahkan jalanmu menuju sukses, tapi dengan kesulitan yang kelak baru kau sadari bahwa kesulitan itu yang akan membuatmu semakin berkesan dan istimewa.
Hidup itu ...
Perlu masalah ujian dan rintangan supaya kita punya kekuatan.
Perlu pengorbanan supaya kita tahu cara bekerja keras.
Perlu air mata supaya kita tahu merendahkan hati.
Perlu dicela supaya kita tahu bagaimana cara menghargai.
Perlu tertawa supaya kita tahu mengucap syukur.
Perlu senyum supaya tahu kita punya cinta,
Perlu orang lain supaya tahu kita tidak sendiri
Beberapa luka tidak diciptakan untuk sembuh, tidak pula untuk menetap.
Jika ia berakhir dengan ke IKHLASAN, ia akan lahir menjadi cahaya yang itu adalah hadiah terindah dari Allah.
Berbahagialah pada taqdir dengan penerimaan yang tulus, Sungguh mengajari hati BERBAIK SANGKA itu Indah.
Semoga kita semua diberikan keselamatan, kesehatan, keteguhan hati dalam taat, kekuataan, kesabaran dan rezeki yang melimpah, Aamiin.
Mulailah setiap perbuatan dengan doa dan hati yg ikhlas.... .
🍼Parental Alienation 1. Is a hate crime 2. Is child abuse. Any attempt at alienating the children from the other parent should be seen as a direct and willful violation of one of the prime duties of parenthood🚫 I find it amazing to think that parental alienation strips half of a child’s family tree causing them to lose their full identity. I have been jailed, my children have been removed the country and yet I still have faith. Children do not care about money, who was married to whom, or why you don’t like each other. They are children! I will never stop fighting for fathers rights. I love you Moses and Gisela Sugarman. Sorry I missed another birthday 🍰 of yours Gisela my 👼🏻. I dream about you every night. Thank G-D for those dreams “Zella”. I love you and Moses. I am trying. I really am!! It’s amazing how I can help so many people when I am broken myself. #childalienation#dadsrights#dad#parenting#TeamSugarman 🌠YOU CAN JAIL THE REVOLUTIONARY BUT YOU CANT JAIL THE REVOLUTION. I will continue to fight for my babies.
It's a lazy day at home today. With the rain baseball and my session have all been rescheduled. I'm working on my laptop and look over to see my husband and youngest daughter like this. Ahh the life! 😂 #nolajolene#parenting#lifewithbaby#catsofinstagram
2018 has already been a wild year.
So many decisions about our future have been made or will have to be made. (Team procrastination!) I can't believe its already almost June.
The other half of me feels like I've done enough this year and it should already be November. 😅
Lead by example.
Whether we like it or not, we are role models for our kids.
They don't do as we say (and don't we just know it), but they will usually end up doing as we do.
If we have an unhealthy relationship with food, if we diet, binge, obsess over our weight, if we are sedentary...or whatever! Our kids are likely to do the same.
All parents are different and that's cool, I'm not here to say my way is better. I'm just sharing my thoughts and if that helps you then that's awesome. If not then that's awesome too.
Personally, I would love for my daughters to eat a variety of different food, not worry about their weight or appearance, and enjoy being active. So I must master these things for myself, because those kids will model my behaviour.
It's taking time to deconstruct all the habits and neuroses which have developed over the years, but it'll be worth it.
And I'll tell you what, every time I get rid of another hardwired hangup I'm a ton happier as well!
Here's to being active, happy, and enjoying the hell out of life 😎💪 boom.