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Have you ever seen someone in need, but you lacked the resources to meet their needs?  The reality remains, that whether someone has physical, emotional or spiritual needs, you can only give away what you already have.  

The biggest question for me right now, revolves around the daily needs I see in my kids.  The needs that face me hourly.  They each have unique needs for attention, affirmation, answers, significance, structure, freedom, belonging and acceptance.

I am painfully aware that too often I feel that I don’t have all they need.  Lacking in patience, energy, attention, understanding, time, activities, desire, resources, experience, patience (did I mention that already?) to go around most days.  Not to mention the intense pressures on parents to give their kids every advantage, every angle, on every level.  So many demands can crush a mother or father who is just trying to make sure everyone gets bathed, clothed, fed, read, and to their dr. appointments on time.

But what do our kids really need?  When I stop honestly think about it…I am struck with these three things:

1. Love of God.  My kids need to know and experience eternal love; love from God…love for God.

2. Love of people.  My kids need to know and experience sacrificial, relational love; love from people…love for people.

3. Active Faith.  My kids really need to know and experience active faith.  Faith to believe that God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He can do.

A DECLARATION of HOPE: I genuinely believe that God hand-picked YOU to be the parent of your kid(s); and that as you come to know God’s heart, you will have all you need for life and godliness…that includes all issues surrounding parenting.

“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for godly living.  We have received all of this by coming to know Him…the One who called us to Himself.” 2 Peter 1:3