Today I've got an article running on At the Well. It's a monthly column I write titled "Creating Home," and it's for young women who are setting up their own homes - whatever that looks like. Today I've written about establishing some practical habits for growing your faith. If you are visiting from At the Well, I'd like to welcome you to my blog. If not, please check out my article here.
As I wrote this article, I thought about my friend, Mary DeMuth. Mary is the author of many non-fiction and fiction books. However, one of her first books was titled, “Building the Christian Family You Never Had.” It's a wonderful guide for parents who didn't have Christian role models and are pioneering this area of their lives.
Mary has agreed to answer a few questions on this topic and give away a copy of her book. Keep reading for instructions on how to win.
Mary, I’m sure you established a practice of prayer for your family. In addition to that critical component, what were some of the other practices and habits you established as you were creating a foundation of faith for your family?
I read a lot of parenting books and asked a lot of questions of other parents who I admired. I made a lot of mistakes, asked forgiveness a lot, and threw myself at Jesus’ feet, hoping for help and wisdom. He often helped me know what to do as I parented.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have faced in maintaining a Christian home? How have you handled that challenge?
Engagement in the world while still maintaining the purity of my kids. We parents tend to swing toward one or the other, but I see it as a great balancing act. We need to engage with folks outside our doors, folks who differ, folks who might be searching, or needy or hurting. Yet, we also need to help our kids maintain their innocence by protecting them. It’s messy. But so important.
I’ve rested on the Gospels as we’ve navigated this, realizing that Jesus sent His disciples out into the world, yet discipled them and held them close. An interesting dichotomy.
If you could give one piece of advice to a young woman starting her own home, what would it be?
Don’t rehash your failures at night before you go to bed, berating yourself for all your failures. Instead, confess your shortcomings and let Jesus give you a new, fresh day. For so long I beat myself to a pulp, telling myself I was such a failure as a mommy. I learned, finally, to give myself the same grace Jesus gave me, but it was a long journey. I spent far too much time cowering in my own inadequacies.
Mary, I know you have more than one blog, where would you like me to direct my readers?
My main blog is http://www.relevantblog.blogspot.com/
To win a copy of Mary's book, simply leave a comment on my blog. Mary will select someone at random to win on Thursday. Please make sure we can contact you to let you know you have won.
In His love,
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