Today’s post comes from my friend Amy Schafer. Amy and I have been friends for years, but have not spoken for years until we stumbled across one another on Facebook. Today Amy lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (GO DALLAS COWBOYS). Amy and her husband Bruce Schafer pastor Grace Life Church (with locactions in Pittsburgh, PA and Norman, OK.) Amy is the real deal, she lives it out loud and I absolutely love how kingdom minded and focused she is! And she loves her family more than life.
Get ready…she’s packing heat today!!
Thank you so much Amy, it’s an honor to have you post for EpicParent.
I remember the night well. Homework was finished. Activities were over. I cooked an amazing dinner;) Our family sat down, we prayed, began to eat, and it was…. quiet. Aaahh…This is the moment I dreamed about as a mom! A quiet, peaceful, family dinner. No laughing, no talking, no moving, no potty jokes, no kids crawling under the table to pass secret codes, no stories, no silly songs…. nothing. Was this good? My entire family was lost in their own portable, electronic device. It was terrible! Time to make a change! It was time to get back to our families core values! Time to get back….. to Face Time!
Being a mom is more than just cooking, cleaning, laundry, activities, school, baths, etc. As a mom, my number one goal is to pass down my faith to my children. That they will walk in the ways of the Lord. Ps 145:4, ’Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts.’ The only way to impart your faith and impact generations is through Face Time! Face to Face. Pass down your passions. Impart faith. Tell your faith stories. Ps 78:2-4, ‘I will teach you hidden lessons from our past–stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation.’
I guarantee when you have lots of Face Time, it can lead to Face Off’s. Friction is inevitable. I have to face conflicts, attitudes, & behaviors. Iron sharpens iron, sparks will be flying. I want to bring out the greatness in our children, which means I have to correct them. The goal is to correct in love. Rules and regulations without relationship, or Face Time, breed rebellion! Face Off’s can be a beautiful part of the journey to becoming a Christ follower.
My only hope for being an amazing mother is to be Face Down before my Father. Seeking His face. Seeking wisdom. Worshipping Him. I was a daughter before I was a mother. I need to spend Face Time with my Heavenly Father. The ultimate goal: What’s in God, gets in you! What’s in you, gets in your children!! You reflect Him to your children! Face Time changes generations!
My prayer for you on this journey to becoming an epic parent is……
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‘ NIV…. And when you look back at the end of your life, you will see generations serving God and setting the world on fire!!
If you like this post, you should also check out a few other guest posts’…
- Parenting World Changers, Craig Groeschel
- Seeds Of Servanthood, Amy Groeschel
- Pack Your Bags, We’re Going On A Guilt Trip, Michelle Clark
- A Mom’s Work Is Never Complete, Cindy Beall
- World Challenger’s, Scott Williams