Not how strict or how lenient your parenting style, but how lovingly you carry it out — right?

Lord, multiply and stretch and nourish my love.

And help me give myself permission to worry less about being strict enough, or lenient enough, but feel free to be loving enough.


7 thoughts on “Love

  1. I just always try to remember how unloved I felt when allowed to run free without any guidance. Helps me not feel like a shebeast when the law needs to be laid down. 🙂

  2. I think one can feel unloved at either extreme, although I think fewer people are aware of the risk of the lenient extreme.

    I think I tend to err more on the strict side, but again, it seems maybe a misleading emphasis — I should think more about HOW I discipline, guide, set limits, interact, play, etc. All the right decisions and wisdom in the world won’t count for much if I don’t love well. That’s kind of scary.

  3. reminds me of the comparison of doing things without love in 1 Corinthians 13…If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
    We have to do things with love or they have little meaning. I am sure that Amy will sense love from you(and Mark) as parents…try not to scrutinize your parenting style so much…you are you, and your child is going to grow up knowing love and all the wee details aren’t as important as we think they are at the moment.
    I know my parents may have been too strict on some of us kids(the oldest) and too lenient on others(the youngest)(there are 4 of us)and it seems we have all turned out as reasonably well-adjusted adults!
    Hope you are able to enjoy your time away Marcy and just be!

  4. OH such a good post to think about!!!! LOVE THIS! I find that in loving through it all, I still err in being so FAR from what my parents were because of the lack of love in all they did. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

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