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The story of the broken home.
It’s one that is prevalent in the world we live in today.
I’d go a step further than the broken home, and go as far as saying that we are living in a broken world. I stopped watching the news long ago, because it is so depressing. Stories that truly break my heart. Tales of people engaging in random and senseless acts of violence. Stories of children being caught up in the crossfire of adult disputes, resulting in injury and in many cases death. Let’s not forget the school shootings. Also, the various tales of people who hold a position of leadership using their power to exploit and prey on young children.
As a mother of three precious girls, these stories make me sick to my stomach. It seems that the evil has no limits, and I have worried so much about how to protect my children from the reality of it once they step outside my home. How to keep my girls unbroken. At times it seems like nowhere is safe. I never thought that I’d live in a day and age where I have to even limit access to relatives, in order to protect the safety and integrity of my own children. To be sure that the Christ like values that we work so hard to instill in them are being at least honored and respected, if not further ingrained.
Not too long ago I wrote about sending your Christian children to public school, and the comments and feedback I received were eye opening. To see so many other parents with the same concerns that I have was both encouraging, but also disheartening. If nothing else, however, I drew from it that I was not alone. There are other parents out here struggling to raise their children in an environment filled with love, care and lots of Christ as well. There are parents trying to raise children that are whole, in a generation that is broken in pieces.
If that’s the question on your mind, the book “Be The Best Mom You Can Be” by Marina Slayton and Gregory W. Slayton is one that you need to pick up as soon as possible. This book touches base on so many of the issues that plague us as parents today. The issues addressed aren’t limited to just influences from outside the home, but also tips for things you can do inside the home. Things like building stronger relationships together, embracing humility, and creating a shared family vision.
Marina pours her heart out in this book, drawing on her experiences of raising four children of God. I felt like I connected with her throughout the book, and could completely relate. The section about generational curses hit home for me. Marina was raised in a broken home, and knew she didn’t want her children to do the same.
It isn’t easy being a parent, and sometimes it’s not easy to ask for advice. It’s even harder implementing the advice you receive when you DO get the courage to last. Be The Best Mom You Can Be is like a friendly conversation with a trusted confident. It allows readers a place to get down to the real, raw emotions, and peak inside the life of a another mother who understands what you’ve been through, and has tips to get you to the other side.