Parenting with 20/20 Vision

It’s not only a new year, but a new decade! 

Many of us have been bombarded with new year resolutions, one word, goal setting, and vision parties. Not to mention the super cool play on “2020”. 

While many people have been looking forward to all things new, some of us may feel like nothing new is happening for us. We are running into this new year with “things as usual.”

Things As Usual Isn’t So Bad!

You have been standing on God’s word, believing He has told you to, 

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” ~ Psalm 46:10 NLT

Maybe you have heard, “wait”: 

“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Remember, while we are entering a new year, new seasons begin and end for each of us at different times. Don’t get caught in the comparison trap, early in this new year. Be on guard! 

What Can I Do While I Wait?  

Being still and waiting does not always imply inactivity. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider the vision God has for you and your parenting, while you are being still and waiting. 

“The Lord gave me this answer: Write down clearly on clay tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.” ~ Habakkuk 2:2-3 GNB

Do you have a vision for your parenting? Is it written down? 

Without vision it can be difficult to find joy in our parenting. The daily struggles can pull us in, and the days become long. We begin to develop an “astigmatism”, and what started out as 20/20 vision quickly becomes blurred. 

Here are some carrots or 5 practical tips to help improve your vision. 

  1. Write down your vision: Take time to see your year, and your new season.
  2. Be intentional: When you have a focus, spend time investing in what you hope to realize.  
  3. Set goals: Map these out too. When your goals live beyond conversation, feeling, and thought, they are more likely to come to pass. 
  4. Establish your footsteps: Consider how your day-in, day-out walk with God, and the decisions you make move you towards your vision.  
  5. Remain connected to the source of your vision: When your vision is God-birthed, He will direct your steps. 

Choose today, even in your waiting, to continue moving with vision. Not just spiritually, mental/emotionally, relationally, professionally, and recreationally, but also with your parenting. 

As you develop a God-given or Kingdom vision for your parenting, your priorities and responsibilities will become more clear. You will experience greater joy in spending your energy on parenting with intention and purpose.

Are you interested in receiving weekly devotionals for the month of January? Join our growing community over at The Teaching Wife to receive one month of weekly devotionals to encourage, challenge, and support you with your parenting vision. 

Deitra Baker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parenting Coach and Partner, is the voice behind The Teaching Wife which is dedicated to partnering with parents to provide them with the tools they need to thrive in their parenting. Deitra’s passion is for equipping moms to disciple their children encouraging them in their walk with Christ and fulfilling their calling.

She lives in Texas with her husband and three children whom she has been educating at home for the past 4 years. When Deitra isn’t busy studying, writing, and researching parenting resources, she enjoys traveling, reading, and relaxing on a beach.  You can find Deitra on Instagram and somewhat on Facebook.

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