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    In this new series about parenting teens, Russ and friends discuss the myth of the perfect family.

    Many of us become parents with preconceived notions of what a family should be like, or what constitutes “normal.” It’s important to get spiritual perspective about family because when we compare ourselves to others, get self-piteous, or lose sight of what God’s doing we become discouraged.

    We are living in a time when the pandemic has affected young people’s mental health tremendously, so it is crucial that we as parents deal with our own minds and hearts in order to understand our kids’ hearts. Join us as we delve into how not to be perfect parents, but to be parents that love and help our kids grow.

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    Now when Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go back to my own place and to my own country. [26] Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know the work which I have done for you.” [27] But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, stay with me; for I have learned [from the omens in divination and by experience] that the LORD has blessed me because of you.” [28] He said, “Name your wages, and I will give it [to you].” [29] Jacob answered him, “You know how I have served you and how your possessions, your cattle and sheep and goats, have fared with me. [30] For you had little before I came and it has increased and multiplied abundantly, and the LORD has favored you with blessings wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household?”

    Genesis 30:25-30 AMP

    Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

    Psalm 62:8 NIV

    And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

    Ecclesiastes 4:4 NIV

    What you learn from your parents will bring you honor and respect, like a crown or a gold medal.

    Proverbs 1:9 ERV

    Then you will say, “Why didn’t I listen to my parents? Why didn’t I pay attention to my teachers? I didn’t want to be disciplined. I refused to be corrected.

    Proverbs 5:12 ERV

    When you walk about, they (the godly teachings of your parents) will guide you; When you sleep, they will keep watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.

    Proverbs 6:22 AMP

    Your parents give you commands and teachings that are like lights to show you the right way. This teaching corrects you and trains you to follow the path to life.

    Proverbs 6:23 ERV

    We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 TPT

    In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

    Ephesians 1:11 NIV

    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. [3] If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

    So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. [5] They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” [6] But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. [7] And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.

    1 Samuel 8:4-7 NIV
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