What Would You Do For Your Children?

by | Monday Musings | 4 comments

 In my newest novel, Lakeside Family, Josie will do anything to save her daughter’s life…even if it means facing a man from her past–Hannah’s father.

When I brainstormed Lakeside Family, I had to give Josie a good enough reason to want to find Nick again. After all, the man broke her heart ten years ago. Despite the pain and resentment she felt, she knew she needed to put that aside and find him. He was her daughter’s last hope.

As a mother, I would do anything to keep my boys safe. That Mama Bear instinct kicks in and I’m all ready to tackle the world on their behalf. Wouldn’t most parents do the same for their children?

So why do we think God is different? Why do we put God in a box and think He couldn’t or wouldn’t do something for us?

We are God’s children.

The Bible is filled with stories of His grace, His protectiveness, His “Papa Bear” instinct.

And like our own children, we become angry or disappointed when God doesn’t give us what we want when we want it. Would we give in to our children over everything they wanted? No. So why do we expect God to do the same for us?

Positive parenting allows children to develop and grow into responsible adults who understand right and wrong and the consequences of their actions.

We serve a loving God who wants the best for us. He is the role model for positive parenting. He is our Heavenly Father. And He wants the very best for us…whatever it takes.

Your Turn: If you are a parent, what would you do for your children? If you’re not a parent, what have you seen your parents do for you? How does your parenting style or upbringing correlate with God’s parenting?

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4 Comments

  1. Lindsay Harrel

    What a sweet post, Lisa! I’m not a parent yet, but I have had great examples. My parents did everything they could to encourage my dreams, but they also did things that must have been difficult, like taken us to a new church so we could have better kids programs and more opportunities to serve, or told me I couldn’t hang out with a certain friend who was a bad influence. But it was all done in love, and so are the things God does.

  2. Terri Tiffany

    As a parent I always say I would do anything for my daughter–that means even saying no which I did and have quite often. It means telling her the truth when she is acting like a brat, it means apologizing when I’m wrong.
    I love your analogy looking at God the way you did. I think I forget quite often how much he loves me and wants my best for me even if it is a different way than I thought.

  3. Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley

    Great post, Lisa. Sometimes being a good parent is saying NO. Even to adult children. lol

  4. Michelle Lim

    Beautiful post, Lisa! My kids know that there is nothing I won’t do for them, except give in when I shouldn’t. I love that I hear others talking about saying ‘NO’ as an act of love. Sometimes people think it is only disciplinary, but in actuality it is loving. Thanks for the great post.