5 Things Successful Parents Think About

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

─ Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

5 Things Successful Parents Think About

The thoughts you think about most have led you to become the person you are today (Proverbs 23:7). As a parent, you have a lot of things to think about. And that’s why it’s so important to be sure your thoughts are aligned with God’s thoughts for you.

Our verse today speaks of the power that comes from holding yourself accountable to the Word of God. Scripture speaks into your life to help you become who God desires you to be. The Bible shines into your heart revealing truths that direct you in the way you should go. One of those purposes is to parent your child in a way so that they follow Christ.

Here are five things intentional parents think about:

  1. Forgiveness—it’s absolutely imperative to reach the point of forgiveness. The Bible teaches us we are to forgive one another just as Christ has forgiven us. At the end of the day, you’re hurting yourself and often your kids.
  2. Goals—it’s time to start working toward new goals. This is an opportunity to be intentional. What is God’s intention for you as a single parent to raise your children His way.
  3. Friendships—make sure the friends that you bring into your life are healthy relationships. You need people who are going to take you to another level of growth in different areas of your life.
  4. Boundaries—establish boundaries and enforce them.
  5. Expectations—set realistic expectations and dream new dreams. If the dreams you had before you became a single parent are gone, be open to new ideas and a new direction for your life.

Today’s One Thing

Take the list above to God in prayer. Ask Him to show you which of these five things, if you worked on one of them over the next month, would make the biggest difference in your life. Make a commitment to work on that one area. Call someone you can count on as an accountability partner, and touch base with them a few times a week to help you stay committed.

Additional Reading

Source: 2016 August NL – single parent sidebar

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