Being a parent is a challenge. Whether you are struggling to keep all the balls in the air as a single parent, trying to balance the responsibilities between two parents, or find that correct work / family balance in your day-to-day life, parents today are pulled in so many different directions. And that's not even considering how pulled our children are as well, who can often be over-scheduled and worn down.
When all of these things are tearing at us, it can reduce our ability to handle conflict in our families and it can cause us to lose patience with those we love and cherish the most. The heartache that results from that failing can cause even more hurt and stress, which only feeds the cycle.
As parents, we need to anchor ourselves not only in what God expects of us as parents but in what our heavenly Father has done for us. When we see ourselves as forgiven children of God, that is how we can raise and direct our children in a way that will be beneficial to them physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually. The motivation to do all of this and do it well comes from Jesus' cross and his empty tomb. We love everyone, but especially our families, because he first loved us.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and School will be a hosting a three-session course that will allow us to focus our attention where it needs to be--first on our Savior and then on our children--so that we can be the parents that God asks us to be as we raise our children "in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
The three sessions of this course will be held on Saturdays October 11, October 25, and November 8, 2014. The cost for the course will be $40 a family, which will include a copy of the book Patient Parenting: Raising Your Kids in the Shadow of the Cross by John Jeurn and other course materials. If you would like extra copies of the book, they will be available for $15 each. Childcare will be available for those who would benefit from it.
To register, please click this link.
For more information please contact Pastor Shrimpton or call the church at (650) 593-3361.