I’m so glad we’re connecting today!
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Even though God made us for community instead of doing life alone, it’s difficult to connect in today’s world. Busy schedules, living far from family, and daily distractions are just a few of the reasons we might fail to reach out for the deep relationships we crave.
But more than anything else, there’s one thing that I believe keeps us far distant from each other– a lack of authenticity. I have a confession to make along those lines. For decades, I was reluctant to let others know my struggles. The perfectionist in me wanted to at least look like I was holding it together even when I was falling apart.
The period of time that I wrote about today, when my son was struggling with his fears, was one of the hardest mama seasons of all. I was definitely falling apart. You know how it is. Your kids’ hurts hurt even more than your own. On top of the hurt, there was some embarrassment. My husband and I were both teachers, so we thought we should know what to do and how to handle our son’s anxiety.
We tried everything we knew, but finally, we got to the end of our rope and realized that we needed help. We needed community. We needed support.
Are you there today either for your child or for yourself? I want to share a resource that was a lifeline for us. Focus on the Family has a counseling hotline that helped us through the crisis of the moment and also referred us to a licensed Christian counselor. They were wonderful, so click here if you’d like more information about counselors in your area or if you’d like to talk to one of the Focus counselors on the phone.
I’m also a huge reader, so we read lots of books as a family to address fears generally and also the specific fear. I’d love to offer you two books as a GIVEAWAY today— one for the little girls and one for the big girls! Leave your own comment or just say “Perfect love casts out fear!” to enter to win:
A copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s book for children, It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change
A copy of my book Breaking Up with Perfect