—Wes Tubel, Executive Director,
Hope Counseling Services
My oldest child started Kindergarten last week. It is amazing how quickly these years have flown by. I love being a parent, and I love seeing my kids grow, develop, and mature.
Six years in, I also recognize how challenging parenting can be.
· First, each of my children is different. Each one has different strengths and weaknesses, different personalities and temperaments, different struggles, and different ways of interacting with the world around them.
· Second, as we seek to help our children grow in wisdom, faith, and love, it is hard take the time to slow down, engage them at a heart level, and reorient them according to gospel principles. The demands of the moment, and the lack of time often make it easier to just say, “stop that,” rather than taking the necessary time to help my kids learn the Mercy and Grace that is available to them in their time of need.
· Third, we live in a day and age where we have to be increasingly vigilant in order to protect our kids from harm. While our broken world has always been loaded with danger, it often feels like we live in a particularly vulnerable time.
These are just a few of the challenges we face as parents, seeking to shepherd, protect, and help our children grow up in the Lord. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming, or that I am rapidly moving from one parenting need to the next, just trying to survive. Where are the places you feel particularly challenged in your parenting?
In the midst of challenges, I’m comforted to know God does not leave us flailing about, trying to figure all these things out on our own. He gives us wisdom, help, and voices of experience to help us in our parenting. The glorious riches of Christ do indeed connect to all the realities of parenting.
But how do they connect? I am excited that Hope Counseling Services and Christ Community Church are partnering together to present two important seminars this Sept. 20 and 21. Julie Lowe, faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, will use her years of experience working with families and children, along with her own parenting of six adopted children, to teach and equip us for this important task.
Friday, Sept. 20 from 2:00–5:00 p.m., Julie will be presenting Protecting the Vulnerable: Preventing and Responding to Abuse. This seminar will provide tools and equipping to prevent abuse from happening. And Julie will give guidance for how all of us must respond if abuse has been alleged or discovered.
Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Julie will be presenting Childproof: Parenting by Faith, Not Formula. This will equip parents (and leaders working with parents) on what gospel-centered parenting looks like and how best to shepherd our children in a way that points them to the gospel and appreciates the uniqueness of each child.
Both seminars will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd. I invite you to join us and register here. And would you help us spread the word by forwarding this page to others who may be interested?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!