I am a mother of 4 with 1 on the way. I love children. They are my gifts that God has entrusted to me. I like to think that I parent very intentionally and that I do a pretty good job. I can say with certainty that my parenting today is very different then it was when I first became a parent 18 years ago.
I come from a history of sinful behavior. I was sinned against as a child. Most of my teenage years were spent partying and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. My 20’s brought me my 2 oldest children but ended in a serious drug addiction. During my addiction, I sent my children to live with family and we were separated for 4 years. It took only 4 years to go from somewhat stable to losing everything.
The road back has been difficult. First came my own recovery, which was like starting life all over again. It was about a year-long process before my children and I were reunited, and then began our family’s recovery, which was more like trying to rebuild many lives from rubble. So how do you do this? It takes time, sacrifice, prayer, patience, forgiveness, and countless other things. Seven years later, we are still healing.
I remember when this all was coming back together. As a mother, I was so scared that I was going to fail. We were new in our faith and coming to church every week. I was just starting to understand God for myself and I was told that my daughter was coming home to me. I was also pregnant. How do I piece a family back together AND teach about God? I felt so inadequate. I am pretty sure that I am not the only mother who has felt this way.
Our Children’s Pastor, Jody Kingston, recommended Empowered Families. It is small group support for parenting and family life that meets at the church and offers childcare. I attended my first semester 6 years ago and have been attending ever since. It has provided me with real, biblical solutions for parenting and teaching my children about God. It has provided me with a community of parents to share with, lean on, pray with, and discover new ideas and experiences with. My family has not only been pieced back together while in these groups, it is thriving.
Whether you are a new mother just starting your family, or you have several children, I recommend that you prayerfully consider Empowered Families as community you can be part of.
Empowered Families is designed specifically for those who want to build strong families and connect with others in order to learn and grow in all areas of family life.
Empowered Families will provide a safe place to share experiences, struggles and joys with others who are on the same journey.
Empowered Families offers solid, spiritual training on parenting and family life in a large group format, as well as small group teachings, that are targeted to specific needs.
Empowered Families meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Our next semester is set to begin on August 14, 2012. Registration will begin July 7, in the foyer of the Main Auditorium.
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