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Love is the reason we're here. We've come from love, we're created in love and by love, and have been imbued with love to make this world a better place. There's no higher calling than love, especially when it comes to our children. Loving our kids fully and completely means getting to know who they really are - even the parts they might be tempted to hide from us. Every interaction with our kids helps them know whether it's safe for them to entrust a part of themselves to us or not. Look for opportunities to earn your child's trust and when they reach out to you in trust to reveal some new facet of who they are, lavishly love and celebrate that part of them.
The greatest freedom in life is to be fully-known and fully-loved. Giving our child a lifetime of that freedom - starting today - is the best gift we can ever give them. As parents, we're going to make mistakes. I'm sure, like me, you've already made more than you care to count. If we can love our kids and make sure that they feel how loved and accepted they have always been, then we can help set them for a life of living as their authentic selves. As parents, what could be better than that? --Shared with permission from Jason Elam, final words of Parenting Deconstructed-
This Week on the Podcast: Jason Elam, grateful husband, author, proud dad of four amazing kids, host of the Messy Spirituality Podcast, and former church pastor, is our guest this week. Although he is deconstructing from toxic religion, he is still enamored by Jesus. Our time with Jason was refreshing and empowering, especially in the area of deconstructing and parenting. Speaking from his very own mistakes and frustration with his own early parenting based in rigid evangelicalism, he walks us through the hard part of forgiving ourselves and repairing what's been broken in our relationships with our kids, bringing the light of hope to what can feel like a confusing or dark space. In our time with Jason, we felt like we "went to church" as he is so wise and passionate and able to communicate, but also that it was unlike any church experience we'd had before because it was also filled with humility, grace and wide open space. We laughed and listened, spoke and sighed, but mostly we unpacked the nitty gritty of this space of parenting and deconstructing. It's so so so good. Do not miss out! You can find Jason at the following:
Facebook: Jason Elam
Twitter: @beingjasonelam Website: messyspirituality.org
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Jason Elam, our podcast guest this week, along with his wife Brandi, has put together a collaborative book called Parenting Deconstructed, where 15 authors come together and speak to their experience and wisdom when it comes to walking this tricky tightrope of deconstructing while parenting. It doesn't matter if you are just starting your parenting journey and have no idea what to do in this unknown space, a smack dab in the middle of the mayhem trying to figure out how to navigate your growing children or have children to are "bigs" and you need to do some backtracking and reparative work in your relationship with them. This book is for you. We love Jason and who he has brought together for this much-needed book that has landed on the scene at just the right time. You will find lots of grace and space for your process when you open its pages.
Can't wait until Tuesday and need just a little snippet from our podcast episode. Here's something to whet your appetite and hold you over until then!!
One last thing. We want to remind you that we are so glad you are here. We wouldn't be the same without you. You will always find GRACE for where you've been and who you are now, and SPACE for who you are becoming and will be.
Carry on, our new-found friends. Welcome to the twisty-windy, full -of-adventure faith path that's laid out before us all. Love,
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