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A Father Carries on Through Tragedy and Pain

Gerard and Rebecca Long
Gerard and Rebecca Long (Alpha USA)

While it's difficult to imagine losing one child—much less two—Alpha USA Executive Director Gerard Long and his wife Jeannie know that God is still on the throne.

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Train Up a Child—Without Fear

Parenting should be about a heart-to-heart connection—not controlD-MinLife-Parenting

 

Our children are professional mistake makers. They are all on a learning journey. When we are afraid of their mistakes or their sins, our anxiety controls our responses to them and the spirit of fear becomes the “master teacher” in our home.

Even though 2 Timothy 1:7 clearly tells us that we have not been given a spirit of fear from God, we often partner with that spirit to train our children toward the goal of obedience and compliance.

For many, like it was for me, intimidation is our only real parenting tool. We have various levels of intimidation. We try to convey to our kids that we are in control of their lives from the time they are tiny. Once again, the problem with that lesson is that heaven is not trying to control your life. God doesn’t want to control you.

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