This week, Julie Carr – mom to eight, blogger, and women’s director at Life Austin – spoke about weaving the “Curious Threads” of our children and untangling a beautiful mess.
Highlights of Curious Threads
God has knit our children together, He didn’t drop any stitches. We weave the natural threads of our children into purpose, beauty and meaning. We are weaving the next generation, our legacy. Just as the Israelite women brought their creations for worship, our motherly weaving is an act of worship.
There are several common tangles to avoid:
- the tangle of vocation – look past the job title to the character traits our child shows
- the tangle of education – release educational expectations to fulfill purpose, “We have beautifully educated people who don’t have a purpose.”
- the tangle of bubble wrap – “We want to protect them from the very things that forge character… Life is not stinkin’ fair. I’d rather have them learn that in the warmth of our home than protect them from everything then set them out unprepared.”
- the tangle of self – the dreams of stuff we didn’t have or what we messed up, let them live out their calling not what we wish ours was
“The thing is not the thing.” Choose activities wisely with character-building in mind. For example, dance is an opportunity for self-discipline and creativity. If you can’t identify what the true benefit is, you’ve missed the thing.
Our primary objective as believing parents is not to identify our child’s future vocation, it is to help them find their purpose and calling in life. Study your kids like a scientific experiment:
Julie used the DISC assessment as an example of how to study your children. Each personality type has strengths and weakness, and being aware of those can help weave our children’s threads and avoid tangles.
God knit us for greater purpose. Our goal is not to raise perfect children, it is to raise purposed children.
Next meeting is October 24, breakfast by Hot Pink and Blue tables
Register for Bunco Night, October 29
Next MOPS-wide playdate: October 31, 9:30am, Bee Cave Park – in costume!
Memory verse for Moppets: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6