I have done this over and over in lieu of you doing it. I suggest lots of resources. What the Bible has to say about joy: Choosing the action of joy. Pursuing joy in God is very different from just enjoying His gifts.
I want them to see themselves as God sees them—wonderfully made and in His image. Use only a Bible, and a Concordance. I listen to and read those stories daily as well. Joy is given by God to His followers. You know God entrusted this creation to you, specifically. Nothing holds more value than our children.
Times have changed since you and I were teens and young adults. I have two adult children, Andrew, 25 and Sami, If you have a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender child, you have far more reason than did I to grapple with this issue.
I want to know You, Your heart, the depth of Your mercy and love. They have heard every single anti-gay comment with clarity. God already did that for you. It was tough for me to find hope in the future burdened by my own issues; I could not see my situation ever changing.
I am one of the most blessed people I know.
And, if you are the parent of a grown gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender child, it is not too late. Will you insist that you are right and risk pushing them from you and God? My view of God and of others has been completely altered. Your kids are coming to me because they are seeking a parent figure to listen to them, encourage, to love and accept them.
Most of us know how to enjoy His gifts, but the pursuit of joy actually transforms us.
Pursuing joy and glorifying God are not in conflict. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Even fight against the ones who discourage you, so the pursuit of joy becomes your priority. Mamas — you have the opportunity to give your children something you may have never known.
I cannot imagine living without either one of these assurances. And then, events in my life knocked me off that know-it-all pedestal. I hurt when my children hurt. To think that I could have been absent in their deepest pain would upset me tremendously. When at home, they surely hear more of the same.
We straight Christians seem to do all we can to destroy that bond or to ensure that it never happens. Fight to become the woman filled with joy. No parent is ideal.
The bible says we have the promise of future joy.One of the toughest parts about being a single mom is surviving financially. This is especially true for new single moms. I remember laying on the air mattress shared by me and my two daughters in my Dad’s spare bedroom just wondering what I was going to do.
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