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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. Yes, thank you. I needed to hear it too. With children it’s so easy to base who I am and how I’m doing on whether or not my child melts down during church or cries at the grocery store or refuses to wear clothes at MOPS – and that’s just the past few days! Good to remember Jesus says I am his child and being perfected too.

  2. I’m the one (or one of many) who needed to hear this. I’m printing out this line and hanging it on the wall near my computer: “God sees within me the ability to be the one He’s perfectly designed to raise up this strong little person.” I know no one “gets” my child the way I do. God made me for my son, and my son for me. We WILL get through the difficult moments. Thank you.

  3. I needed to hear this today after a difficult weekend with our… very strong willed (takes after his momma) 4, too close to 5 for my liking, year old.
    Thank you!

  4. I needed to hear this too. My son has already been to the principal’s office this year too. I cringed when I got that call and felt like a “bad mom” as well. What a wonderful reminder that I needed. My son is a great kid overall who made a poor choice that day.

  5. This is applicable in so many areas from parenting to body image and everything in between! I so desire to see God’s perspective in all of these things! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I find myself in the very midst of life questioning “why this?” or “why now?”. What a great lesson on focusing on Him instead of what’s dragging me down.
    Satan knows how to push those buttons.
    Great post, Lysa! Loved your Oprah visit!

  7. Lysa,
    Thanks for the reminder that God gives us just the children He knows we need AND that He gives them the parents that He knows they need!
    I feel so encouraged to remember this and to remember that one less-than-desirable behavioral challenge does not define my parenting skills!
    LOVE THAT!!

  8. THANK YOU!!!!! God always has a way of meeting us right where we are, doesn’t He?

  9. I often wonder where is that book on parenting. But each child is different and given specifically to us. I cringed with things like this to but even now when they are grown. I do when the choices made are not good ones.I have to remember I put in the work but they are their own people now. Its really hard some days
    Thanks for reminding me other Moms do feel the same.

  10. This is a powerful message. No one can hear enough how being a child of God comes first before any ‘role’ we play, mom, wife, worker, etc. I love it and it moves me to know others believe and know this truth!!! How encouraging!

  11. Thank you so very much for pulling back the veil on perfect and showing us that each mom goes through the same hard days, whether the spotlight is on them or not.

  12. Thanks for sharing your struggles with us! My husband and I were called in last week to hear about what the guidance counselor said she’d ‘never seen something like this in 25 years of counseling…’ Makes you totally feel like the worlds worst parent, but every time Satan tried to drage me down, I give it right back to God, and He has been faithful!