This parenting thing is hard. There are so many days when I'd like to throw up my hands and walk away. Other days I think I've got it figured out -- until I want to scream in frustration.
Parenting is a really big job. It's a 24/7, never get a break kind of job. And it's hard to get it right. I often feel like there are more moments where I fail than there are that I get it right. And I have to tell you there are a lot of moments where my attitude is as poor as the attitudes of the children I'm trying to parent.
For the past couple of weeks, I've been working through The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents by Becky Harling. I received a copy from Family Christian to review, and I have to admit that I was skeptical that working through this book could do all the things that the back cover claimed. That little blurb on the back cover said that I would be amazed at how praising God each day would quiet my anxiety about my kids, provide protection for my family, break the chains of generational sin, deepen my children's faith and strengthen my own spiritual life.
I'm not done with all 30 days, but I can tell you that this book has changed my attitude and my outlook on parenting. Spending just 10 to 20 minutes a day in directed praise toward God focused on parenting has helped me to see that obstacles can be overcome, children can change and some of those things that frustrate me so badly about my children can be part of God's plan for their future.
You see, praise is a funny thing. You can't praise God and remain angry at your kids. You can't praise God and not find hope in a frustrating situation. You can't praise God and not feel your own soul lifted up.
When we spend time praising God even in the midst of a parenting nightmare, we find ourselves focused on Him and what He can do instead of focusing on how inadequate we feel in the situation. When we acknowledge all the amazing attributes of God -- His wisdom, His creation, His grace -- and how they relate to our ability to parent our kids, we find ourselves feeling empowered and not alone.
The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents is broken down into 30 chapters, each with four sections: The Invitation, Listen, Pray and Journal. The Invitation is God's invitation to you about that day's topic. Based on scripture, it reminds you of the reason that God is worthy of praise. The Listen section contains suggestions for songs to listen to to enhance your praise time. The author even provides the entire playlist on YouTube and Spotify. The Pray section is a prayer for you to pray based on what you have learned in your praise time that day. Last, the Journal section gives you a prompt to journal about.
Using this book to focus your praise time on your parenting will change how you react to different parenting situations. Spending 30 days in praise will simply remind you that you are not alone, that you don't have to solve every parenting challenge on your own. God is walking this road with you.
So, if you're struggling to keep a good attitude in your parenting, check out The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents. You'll be amazed at what 30 days of praising God will do.
And just to help you get started, Family Christian has graciously given me a $10 certificate to their stores to give away so you can buy your own copy. Just enter below. And be sure to check out Family Christian's Facebook page so you don't miss out on any of the great deals they offer.
I received a review copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents from Family Christian. The opinions contained in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links.