BIBLICAL PARENTING

Discovering Your Child — and Yourself

Proverbs 22:6

Wise is the parent who understands, “I need to spend time with my child. I need to observe. I need to dialogue so that my child grows up knowing his or her unique, God-given design.”

— Charles R. Swindoll

You are embarking on the most fascinating journey of life — the journey of discovering your child. Your child may be yours by birth, adoption, or marriage; he or she may be your grandchild or nephew or niece who lives with you. This amazing, one-of-a-kind boy or girl whom God has placed in your life to nurture and guide is your child.

Oh, the wonders of your child! Her heart is so tender and pure. His mind hums like a power plant with imagination and curiosity. Her personality sparkles with laughter and joy like a multifaceted diamond. Your task is to explore the hidden universe that lies within your child. Unlock the secrets. And then release your child to be the mature, content adult that God intended him or her to be.

Along the way of discovering your child, a surprising second discovery will unfold. You’ll discover yourself! Chuck Swindoll realized this parenting benefit, “It wasn’t until we began to have children that I fully began to understand how I am put together.” As you reveal to your child the wonders of who he or she is, God will do the same for you. As you parent, God will parent you, encouraging you to blossom right alongside your child. You can — and will, with God’s help — grow with your child!


 


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