I know there are books on raising children or teens, but it is still a big challenge to do this "bringing up kids" thing right. It seems like we look back too often thinking that we should have done it differently. All in all though having children is the most rewarding thing we can do in life. Most of you will agree with that. It is a blessing when our children surprise us with something that we did not expect. Having our expectations low I guess is a defense mechanism that we parents use to not get discouraged. Our mission as parents should be to help our children discover the gifts that are within them. This past Sunday I had one of our teen girls prepare something to share. We have a small group in my Sunday class so I frequently do this. To my surprise she brought a very well prepared message and used the entire bible study time to bring us a very good word on self esteem. I was touched by her class. The following Monday I went downtown to get some things but stopped by the Christian book store and bought her a very nice study bible for teen girls. Good job Elya!
Blessings to you and have a wonderful October!