The longer I parent, the more inadequate I feel. As the children go through changes through the years, I feel the sense of helplessness more keenly. One would think that with more years of practice, one becomes more confident and equipped. Yet this isn’t so. I really think that whatever confidence we may have in parenting is being humbled by our children through the years. At times I feel quite discouraged and often question why. It’s when I’m at my lowest and feel utterly defeated that a passage from 2 Corinthians 12 comes to mind.
And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s power is made perfect in my weakness and that his grace is sufficient for me. It’s a timely encouragement and hope for those who are despairing. What this means is that we often want control of our children that we want to direct their every step according to our standards, and when they don’t meet those standards, we despair. When we’re brought to the end of ourselves and realize that we are weak and need God’s help, that’s when the the power of Christ becomes a reality in our lives. It is when we give up our control and start relying on the grace of God that we become better parents. It is when we don’t rely solely on our parenting methods and start praying for our children that we become better parents. God’s transforming power is displayed in my weakness, and I am grateful for this wonderful promise because I can now rely on God’s strength and not carry the parenting burden solely on my shoulders. “My burden is light and my yoke is easy” says the Lord.
Among the numerous books and seminars I’ve read/listened to over the year’s, Covenant Life Church’s (Gaithersburg, MD) parenting seminars have been a distinctive blessing to me over the years. I find that I listen and re-listen to their audio through the years because it is so easy to forget. I hope that all those who are in the parenting journey will find these free parenting seminars helpful and encouraging. I wholeheartedly recommend them as rich, encouraging, gospel-centered messages.
The parenting seminar is divided into five categories, each targeting a specific age range of the children.