Session 1

Sacred Parenting: Chapter 1 Papa God

Read chapter 1 up to but NOT including Tiny Teachers. Chapter 1 Papa God is 4 sections. We are ONLY reading the first section.

Here are your questions:
1. How is the quality of time spent with our kids either pointing them towards or away from God? Provide examples in your own home.
2. How is parenting changing your skillets? In what skill set areas do you need the most help?
3. What are the most challenging sacrifices you’ve made as a parent? What areas do you still withhold for yourself? What areas should you be selfish about in life?
4. What have your kids taught you so far? What has parenting taught you so far? What lessons has God taught you in your parenting journey so far?
5. Is there anything we can keep in prayer for you over the next week or two?

4 thoughts on “Session 1

  1. First, I gotta say, this book is an awesome idea. Thx Robyn! Sacred Marriage changed EVERYTHING for my marriage 9 yrs ago when my husband and I were newlyweds. I know this concept has many implications for parenting as well and I look forward to growing as we read.
    The first question cAused me to reflect and be thankful for my own upbringing. My mom did a great job never making me feel like she didn’t have time. I can’t even count the number of nights she stayed up till midnight listening to my high school drama banter that seems so silly now…but she was always there to listen and delight in our friendship. Certainly, this has pointed me towards my own flourishing, ongoing conversation with God-because my mom took the time listen and care without judgement or looking at her watch. I hope I can set that same example for my boys as well.

    That was just question 1!

    More thoughts later

    • Alissa I’m so glad you’re loving the book, and initiating this engagement online!

      I’ve held my comments so others have a chance to post their own thoughts <— Waiting for some more posts from others till we move on to the next section. 🙂

      So glad you're here!

  2. Hello, Robyn and Alissa,

    I found this book on Hoopla through our library, so am able to listen to it as an audiobook. Although I am not very far through the book, I thought I might mention a few thoughts on some of your thoughtful questions, Robyn.

    How is the quality of time spent with our kids either pointing them towards or away from God? Provide examples in your own home.

    This is an excellent question! Sometimes I can see our time together pointing them toward God, especially, as over this vacation, we experience more unstructured time together. Our biggest challenge as a family is the general daily busy-ness we face (starting tomorrow, for instance). I think that this may not be helping our children experience God as directly as when we have more time. We try to carve out some time in the evening for music and prayer, but I’d like to find more time in the day to experience closeness with God, and more spacious time together.

    2. How is parenting changing your skillets? In what skill set areas do you need the most help?

    Hmm, I think I need help in just about anything, most days 🙂 I most need to learn to trust God, rather than to our own efforts. Of course God wants us to do for ourselves as well; it’s a delicate balance to make moment by moment, in a harsh and fallen world. I don’t know sometimes what this means, as my auntie and uncle have “trusted” God but have not had many of their most basic needs met (for food, even at times). This is confusing to me.

    3. What are the most challenging sacrifices you’ve made as a parent? What areas do you still withhold for yourself? What areas should you be selfish about in life?

    Hmm, mostly sacrifice of my time, I suppose. I still spend some time at night or in the morning looking at the news, which is not strictly necessary, but I got into the habit of, especially around the election. Should we be selfish in any areas in life? It’s an interesting question. I’m not sure of the answer. I am selfish in some areas (sometimes I am tired in the morning and don’t get out of bed for a while, just “resting,” even when there are things I should do!) And I am not sure of how many chores to assign my kids, so sometimes I feel “selfish” if they are doing more in the kitchen.

    4. What have your kids taught you so far? What has parenting taught you so far? What lessons has God taught you in your parenting journey so far?

    Well, my kids have taught me that I have more capacity to love than I imagined (thanks, God!!) I’ve learned more than I can express quickly through parenting, especially to accept years of no sleep and dedication to others while (mostly) happy for the opportunity to be with them. God mostly teaches me a little of what angels may be like–my kids’ purity, innocence, and love is an overwhelming representation of God’s love!!

    5. Is there anything we can keep in prayer for you over the next week or two?

    Thank you for the question. I would like God’s wisdom to help decide when to visit my uncle who is ill, given all the needs of my children here, as well as planning a trip to see my mother-in-law, who is recovering from a fall and also wants to see us. I need God’s wisdom every second, of course! but these are a few big questions to answer this month and next.

    Thank you so much! I am so behind on emails but am grateful for the chance to ponder these questions and I am still listening to the audiobook.

  3. I just finished reading this portion last night. How I opening it was. As a home educator I think I tend to forget that just because we are home and together doesn’t mean we’re really together. I love how he talks about parenting being something that keeps Us Faithful to God. Because it’s so true we just incapable of doing this thing right. With hope God where would I be? I see the Lord’s hands so much in my children. And equipped for the task. And yes the Lord speaks life and love into every one of my children daily. And hope to be able to see this. I am surely going to enjoy reading this book and I am so glad that I found you 😀

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s