When You Want to Belong
I’d love for you to join me over at The High Calling today. I’m sharing about my childhood. (I grew up in the same house, sat in the same pew, attended the same school and interacted with the same cast of characters my whole growing-up life). This gave me a sense of security and stability.
But the truth is, most people don’t live that. Most people move — sometimes quite frequently over the course of a childhood.
So … we’re having a discussion about what it means to offer stability and security in a child’s life. How did your parents succeed (or fail) to help you feel secure in your own life?
We started the discussion last week on Facebook, and we’re continuing it at The High Calling today. This is the truth of the matter: It’s not just about keeping your feet in one place.
How I’d love to hear from you!
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Ah yes, Stability. Belonging. Those were tough for me as a kid. My parents moved fairly often. I made friends at each stop along the way, but usually found their homes to be as unstable as mine, sometimes worse! My parents drank on weekends and my Mom didn’t function well at the best of times. This wasn’t so, in the beginning. But as the years progressed, she grew tired and just didn’t care much anymore about making a proper home for us. Same with my Dad. He came home every night…but then started going out evenings, without my mother. Because of the alcohol, there was disruption, a lot of suppressed anger, in-stability. We did not feel safe and secure. We really never knew what was going to happen.
BUT GOD…saved my life when I turned 23, and MY newly-married life was changed! With His (and James Dobson’s) guidance, big changes took place. My husband and I raised our 2 in the same house all their lives. No alcohol. No disruption. Lots and lots of peace…and stability! My kids were safe and secure. Praise God! Generations of ‘the cycle’ CAN be broken!
May we train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!
I was one of those same house, same pew people, too. But you’re right–the older I get, the more I realize it’s the stability we find inside that makes the flux of the material world bearable. Family and God.