My son Eric and I have worked together in the ministry of "The Parenting Dare" and we both know it is time to go deeper with parents in the realm of raising strong kids in our culture. Before we go in that direction, we felt it would be prudent (because of all of the crazy that has happened in the last eleven months) to take a couple of weeks and attend to the inner hearts of MOTHERS.
This post is one in a series of four where I will invite you to look deeper into you.
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Welcome to 2021~ I love the first of the year for many reasons. Mostly, I love the idea of a fresh start and I always spend a lot of time and energy thinking and praying about what needs to be changed/upgraded/transformed in my life.
I guess you could call it a New Year’s Resolution, but I don’t really like that title. It’s more like, “What Needs to be Done to Fulfill the Will of God in Your Life” sort of thing.
And the NUMBER ONE THING that I have felt PRESSED about is to be much more intentional in sharing what I have learned about parenting, specifically the nitty gritty of raising strong children in today’s world.
It’s like God has been knocking on my heart for some time now, reminding me that I have a ministry from Him. I need to step more directly and purposefully into that role.
The only little issue for me: last year was a blur of tension and chaos. In order to be a more effective facilitator, I knew I needed to take a look under the hood.
So this weekend I simply allowed myself to sit at my computer and write out all of the things/happenings that occurred in the past eleven months AND what emotions I felt from those events.
People. I wrote ten pages.
As I looked at my “year in review” it was quite obvious that the last eleven months have not been ordinary.
I then looked at myself. How have I handled those eleven months?
It’s a good question, I think. And it is a question I would invite you to think about. As you look back over 2020, what emotions come to the surface?
Have you been full of grace, charm and trust? Or fear, panic and anxiety?
The biggest emotion that surfaced, again and again for me, was fear.
But interestingly, as the fear entered into my being, I was able to recognize it and counteract it fairly quickly.
How? Well, in the midst of the fear and panicky feelings, I make myself get quiet and surrender to the absolute totality of Jesus.
Those sound like words. It’s not about words. It’s about allowing a conversion of sorts, where the old Lori (the one that holds onto her fears like a security blanket) is allowed to die and where the new Lori (the one that is fierce in her understanding of her real self) emerges.
And that “real self” is not “New Age.” It’s not about me thinking myself into a good mood. It’s about stepping into the truth of who I really am in the Heart of God.
So. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, in the next weeks and months, my son Eric and I are going to take you on a journey, deep into the heart of parenting.
We are writing and podcasting a new blog series called "Raising Strong Children in Today’s World."
We will look at big truths such as how evil is infiltrating hearts, minds and lives and how to not only combat that, but how to rise up and be a massively positive force in your family.
However, I don’t want to just jump into those deep waters. We’d probably all just drown together.
Let’s be realistic. Last year was a doozy. We need to recalibrate.
So I am taking the first couple weeks of February to pray, fast and renounce some of the things that are holding me down.
Yes, I will write. But I need to center myself even more, anchoring myself to my Jesus. Routines. Tender self care.
If that sounds delicious, then consider joining me on a little private “inward journey” of sorts.
Where are we going? Well, as a Christian woman, I had a lot of false beliefs that were steering my boat. I didn’t even realize it until my son and I started working together on bigger issues with The Parenting Dare.
It was then that my own issues stood out to me.
So I worked on them. They mostly had to do with food and how I used food to feel comforted. But it soon became obvious that it was never really about the food, but rather about me as a child of God and how He always wanted to comfort me...and how I never allowed Him close enough. Yep. I was afraid of God the Father.
Eternal truths are pretty fabulous, especially when they change us for the better. Well, as I started LIVING from that place, I knew the massive truths that I had received would benefit other mothers.
So we created a consumable course called“Inside Out.”
Throughout the course, I share how I now reorient my crazy, dramatic womanly self to eternal truths. When my inside is aligned, so is everything else.
If that captivates you and you want to go into the place of WHO YOU REALLY ARE, then consider joining me in our next closed group class which is going to be rather special. I know we are living in a weird time so I will be supporting new participants with additional emails and communication. I think that is important right now. We’ll be walking through it together. I’ll be in the course every day.
This is an invitation to ponder mysteries, to be silent, to steep, to allow fear to die and a new self to be reborn.
I have included two big bonuses:
I thought this would be a great LENTEN opportunity so we are closing the cart on Friday, February 19, 2021 (the Friday of the first week of Lent).
If you are feeling off kilter, jump in now for instant access to your own inner transformation: INSIDE OUT.
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