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  1. This is so beautifully written, Dawn. As an empty nester mom of grown children, I similarly reflected not so long ago that one of the most important things a parent can do to influence a child is to be an excellent model of Christ-likeness. Then I despaired at how miserably I’ve failed at it! Your words “…our job is to love and accept who we are” are an encouragement when I’m faced with my own imperfection.

    1. Thanks, Ingrid! Jesus knew we wouldn’t get it all right. Living loved–and loving in the midst of our imperfections–speaks loudly to our children, too, I think.

  2. Thank you! As a parent I know there were times I failed miserably and really wish I could have a “do-over” for those times. As a grandma I get a second opportunity to get this right.

    1. Faye, we’ll never “get it all right”–but hurrah for chances to do things differently with grand kids. And even if your children are grown up, you still impact them by how you live and what you communicate (my parents still do that for me!).

  3. Dawn, thanks for the thoughts.

    This is well written and to the heart of some of the things I am struggling with right now, thanks!!!

  4. The question “Am I the person I wish my children to become?” is extremely convicting! I have been pondering so many of the same things lately, and reading so many of the same books! 🙂 Thanks so much for writing this, Dawn.

  5. Hi Dawn,
    This is just what I was thinking about as I was reading from Ephesians 5:1 in The Message and reminded about how I need to be wholehearted in following Jesus so that my children will see “proper behavior” to imitate and learn from.  I like how you say that the pursuit of holiness need not be heavy or burdensome…. It is not that God will love me more If I change but God loves me so that I can change. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing this!

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