I was out with a friend who had a precious little two year old boy. His cheeks were so squishy and squeezable that he was lucky to leave our little outing without me just kissing and biting them to pieces.
We had some errands to run and little man was so completely adorable walking about back and forth as his mommy and I chatted. He was truly very well behaved and I was enjoying the discussion with his mom… but really I was having so much fun watching him.
His momma was nervous. Was he being too loud? Did he answer me quickly? Was he obeying? Was it alright for him to walk around?
I see it all the time. A mom or dad who is talking to David and I and they are nervous about how we perceive them as parents or what we think about them or their children.
And if that has ever been you, then let me please reach through this screen and give you a big ol’ hug and an apology. I am sorry if for any reason you have ever felt uncomfortable around me with your children. That is completely the OPPOSITE of why I do what I do or what we want you to feel when you are around us. We are here to encourage you in your parenting not judge you! I’m never sizing up your choices or condemning your decisions…I’m likely most times trying to refrain from grabbing and squeezing your adorable child!
Anytime you feel fear or insecurity in your parenting, please know that you can turn here.
Anytime you see David or I, we are not judging your decisions — even if we do things completely differently than you or if we don’t agree with you! You have the very Spirit of your child’s Creator inside of you…who are we to judge your decisions?
David and I have been ministering to and encouraging parents for over 15 years. We have heard a lot in that span of time. We’ve held hands with heart-broken parents and stood with them in prayer, we’ve walked through intense grief with some of our families, we’ve stood in support as parents struggled through addiction, teen pregnancy and even suicide. Not one of those families would tell you they felt judged. Only loved.
So when you see me as you walk out of Publix with your two year old in a full blown tantrum, if I’m smiling it’s only because I was in the same boat just last week. I’m not sizing you up, I’m standing beside you. I’m in the same trenches as you, working just like you are, everyday, to do this job for His glory. I love you, my sisters…and I am believing with you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo