It official! The inaugural blog post for Vista Parents is a bit daunting for me. I really don’t know if I am up to this task. The great thing is that I am not alone. I think that parenting can be a scary and lonely task. Anytime we share our fears, concerns and success in community, it gets a little less intimidating. God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that we are to “encourage one another and build each other up”. That is our goal with this blog.
Mark Holmen writes about this community encouragement in his book Take it Home. Vista seeks to follow a pattern that “helps parents transform the spiritual formation of their children from the one-hour drop-off each Sunday to a daily walk with Jesus” (Holmen p. 23). By meeting together for parent equipping classes, blogging real life struggles and solutions, and praying together we will follow God’s plan for the home as exemplified in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Ultimately our comfort through the rigors of family life comes from the power of Jesus Christ to renew, restore and refresh every area of life. Our children belong to Him first and He loves them more than we can ever imagine. We can encourage one another because we are encouraged by the promise of John 1:12 “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” The power for any task comes from Him who loves us and calls us to complete the plans we were created for on this earth. He knows our families and encourages us to help each other prepare for everything we will encounter on the journey.