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Parenting Moment: Setting Mental Boundaries

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Have you ever found yourself reading the Bible, but not feeling like you’re even hearing what you’re reading because your mind is still swarming with thoughts of how you should handle your child’s bizarre behavior…or all you need to get done?

Our minds as moms can so easily run nonstop. When they do, we usually find ourselves overwhelmed, anxious, and quick to anger. Yet somehow, we think the solution is to just think harder to figure our way out of life’s mess.

We need mental boundaries. There’s a time to think about all that needs done, but it’s not all the time. God wants our thoughts to really focus on Him in worship—and we can only do that if we choose that we’re not going to think about tasks, decisions, etc., that moment. God wants us to really minister to our children—but we can’t do that if our mind is everywhere else.

When we’re thinking about life all the time, we’re really carrying a load God never designed us to carry. He wants us to cast our anxiety on Him. He wants us to live in praise and worship. Yes, we may have a lot on our mind, but we don’t have to keep it there all the time. We can trust God to direct our steps as we praise Him.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

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