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Monday, September 3, 2012

Parenting Teens

Most days I wrestle with the privileged of how to best "parent my teens". I'm not alone with that one, I guess, when you Google the phrase you can get About 116,000,000 results. Today I ran I got my daily devotion from "(In) courage". The author Kristen Strong incouraged me with a prayer on her website.

A Prayer for Teenage Kids and Their Mama, Too

Dear Fater in Heaven,
I flat out need You more today than ever. I know I've said this before. But something about
being in charge of teens - young men and women – feels mighty scary.
When a sense of urgency weighs heavy, help me remember You've helped me train my kids all along.
Help me not focus on what I haven't done, but relax in what I have. Help me parent
from Trut not fear, and may the eyes of my heart see Your perspective, promises, and patience.
Please help me remember they are becoming. Don't let a spirit of discouragement settle in
when I don't see progress. Though I want to be clear about boundaries, may my responses to their poor
choices be gracious. May my responses to their good choices be gracious.
If it ain't broke, don't let me fix it.
It seems so much of parenting older kids well is about being hands-off as much
as hands-on. Give me wisdom on when my voice is needed or simply my ears. When my presence
helps and when my presence hurts. Because sometimes parenting well means getting out of the way,
letting them test their wings. Fly or fall, help me remember both serve their purpose. Help me be their
loudest cheerleader when they succeed. Help me be their quiet haven when they fall.
Help me know when to make a big deal of something and when to chill out. Don't
let me turn molehills into mountains, but also give me courage to look real problems straight in the
Help me understand their fears and emotions and not blow them off. Help me take them
seriously because they seriously need me. And because they are always worth it.
May encouragement not criticism be my default. Now more than ever, unconstructive
criticism makes me an unsafe confidante.
May I give eye contact, hugs, and grace in abundance. May they know they can't outsin or
outrun Your love. May they see their worth in nothing but Christ.
Everyday, please show me something uniquely beautiful about my teens, and may I praise You for
it. For them.
May I always turn to You first for gratitude and guidance. Help me remember you see
all my children's days stretched before them as I see only this one. Thank you for always being for my
children and for filling all my parenting gaps.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
{and all the mamas of teens say}
© Kristen Strong, Chasing Blue Skies 2012

1 comment:

  1. This really is a great prayer! Thank you so much for sharing!