'WAIT, AND LOVE MORE...'

AS A YOUNG MOTHER, I determined to raise my children so that they would understand there are consequences—both good and bad—for every action. While there's nothing wrong with expecting kids to learn from their experiences, my approach early on was more willful than prayerful, and conflicts arose as I held to this agenda too tightly.

Not until I became a single mother did I begin to realize more deeply that true parenting meant expressing God's nature to my children. The Bible reveals that God is both Father and Mother. This helped me recognize that structure and love, guidance and compassion, were naturally present in my relationships with my kids because these qualities were naturally present in God's relationship with us all.

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