Short Devotional for Women

Continued from yesterday...

Let me explain this juncture in our journey that began at opinion and is traveling toward advice ….

I believe it is important to hold a baby.  I don’t believe that you spoil a baby by being lavish and generous with physical touch.  I don’t believe that “love” spoils a baby.  I strongly believe in holding, rocking, singing and enjoying the baby years.  I believe that when you cuddle your little ones, you are actually building a bridge that stretches toward the older years.  I believe that the bond that is formed during the baby and toddler years will actually help a parent navigate the teen-age years with love and understanding.  However, your child is not my child.  God gave me my children and He gave you your children.  You will have to work out your parenting style with God and answer to Him for it.  No judgment on my part … but you will always just find me holding, rocking and singing to babies and little people.  Always.

I homeschooled my children for 23 years but I don’t expect you to follow my lead.  It is what Craig and I felt led to do and I would probably do it all over again! However, I know many Godly families who believe in sending their children to public school and are committed to it for the long haul.  That’s incredible! I also know wonderful parents who send their children to private school from the preschool years right through 12th grade. Wow … what a great commitment! However, I loved homeschooling … it was my opinion. The paramount issue is that every parent does what is right for his or her individual family.

Are you still with me? 

We are almost to the crossroads of opinion and advice!  

To be continued...


Carol is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She hosts a daily radio program called, "Defiant Joy Radio", has written 5 books - "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", "Defiant Joy!", "Holy Estrogen!",  "No More Ordinary!" (which hit several of Amazon's best seller lists), and her most recent, “Refined … Finding Joy In the Fires of Life!”. She has also written several devotionals for the popular Bible app, YouVersion.  She is the mom of 5 grown children, Marmee to 6 grandchildren and is married to her college sweetheart.

More of Carol McLeod: http://www.justjoyministries.com/


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