We become more like those we follow

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I often remind my children that we are all traveling this path together as a family every day, working and playing together. Sure life can get messy. But there is beauty in the mess when we come together. We are a team and everyone’s needs are considered.

When I’m stuck in my parenting and I look for examples of those I respect. There are many great parents to choose from who seem to be getting it right. So many books and experts are available for us to learn from. Who are some of your role models?

As a Christian, Jesus’ life with his disciples comes to mind. Now I know Jesus didn’t have children, but He is the best role model for everything in life. How did He talk? How did He care for others? What would Jesus do? I already know that He was gentle, forgiving, and compassionate. He loved children, He showed respect, and He guided with love.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9

The early church followed Paul’s example of following Jesus. The gospels are full of examples of how they interacted with children and those around them. We can learn from their example and know exactly how God wishes for us to interact with our family. Who better to imitate than the Creator Himself!

Have you heard that we tend to become more like the people we spend time with the most? Your children are influenced by the time they spend with you. As mothers we want to be the best role model we can be for our children. Now keep in mind that this also includes those you listen to, read about, or watch. Ouch that can be hard to hear. I spend a lot of time with my immediate family, but I also love podcasts and scrolling my social media. When I have a question, far too often it is often easier to ask in a Facebook group, Google it or read the latest self-help book. I can get feedback quickly from those who are right there in the same situation as myself. Who is influencing your mind and decisions the most? Are they in alignment with God’s message? You will find the most peace when you seek God’s response first.

Reflection

Read Philippians 4:9 and 1 Corinthians 11:1-2 and Ephesians 5:1-2

What is God saying to you today?


Are those you follow also following God? How is your relationship with the Lord? When you have a question are you going to God first? What might that look like if you did? Who are some positive influences in your life? Enjoy these wonderful relationships.

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