At times the challenges of parenthood are frightening and confusing. Prayer for parents is so important. I remember those years of parenting well, when my cries for wisdom and help stormed heaven’s gates daily. But during difficult times like these, when nothing seems normal, and so many families are struggling just to get by, I’m convinced even more of the need for prayer. Do you feel that way too?
At Christmastime or anytime, what parent (or grandparent) doesn’t want to give good gifts to their kids? But what kind of gifts should they choose? Here are five of the best gifts you can give your children of grandchildren:
Encouragement for parents and grandparents is always a welcome thing. We’re concerned about making wise decisions, aren’t we? Are we giving our kids the right training? Fear may try to consume us. Are they being bullied? Are they safe enough? We all want our kids to “turn out right.” At one time or another, we may think we’re not doing “enough” to prepare our kids for life.
Wikipedia describes the empty nest syndrome as “a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university.” Just as a bird prepares a nest out of bits of twigs, grass, and other sturdy ingredients to serve as a home and refuge for its babies, so we moms have built a nest through the years for ourselves and our families. When that nest begins to empty, how do we fill the vacuum?