4 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

3. “Follow your heart.”

Don’t follow it; protect it. The heart is deceitful beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9), and it can get you into a lot of trouble if you don’t check it against the truth of God’s word. Study your Bible, surround yourself with true friends who will hold you accountable, and pray, pray, pray so that when your heart tells you one thing and God says another, you’ll know the difference and can choose wisely.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).

4. “You deserve to be happy.”

Of course, your mother wants you to be happy. But who in this world deserves it, when the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)? Praise the Lord, my darling girls, for grace. Understand that blessings aren’t your right; they’re a gift. And sometimes, although we might not see it at the time, our troubles can be a gift, too.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17–18).

Our kids are going to hear a lot of well-intended garbage as they grow. Let home be the place where we cut through the hype and teach them to love themselves—why?—because God loves them first.

So next time I’m waiting outside the door for my daughter’s ballet class to end, I’m thinking I just might take a Sharpie to one of those posters.

Nothing is impossible for you WITH GOD!


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Becky Kopitzke
Becky Kopitzke
Becky Kopitzke is the author of The SuperMom Myth: Conquering the Dirty Villains of Motherhood (Shiloh Run Press). On her devotional blog, www.beckykopitzke.com, she offers weekly encouragement

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