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Jon and I used to watch Locked Up Abroad, a documentary on Westerners who have been incarcerated in another country. (I don’t necessarily recommend the show; I seem to remember some pretty gruesome details at times.) Most of the stories were about men who had decided to do drug runs once or twice to earn extra income and who had been caught in the process. Without fail, what they all regretted most was having hurt their mothers by their poor choices.
And it made me realize something important: we as mothers have a profound influence over their children, even when we don’t feel like we do.
So when I came across this post about another mama who has to give her daughter injections every day and how she’s choosing to influence her daughter toward a Biblical perspective, my heart went out to her. I love how this mother is using the example of a teacup to teach her little girl amazing truths about life, God’s Word, and our response to suffering. By reminding her daughter that true inner beauty is borne through hardship, this mom was giving her little one an invaluable gift.
When I shared this post on our Facebook page, one of our readers (who also has a diabetic son) asked an excellent question. “How would you adapt this concept for a nearly-grown son? I love the idea, but I’m not sure my son would want to have a tea party with me!” At the time, I didn’t have an answer, but because my own boys are nearing adolescence, I gave it considerable thought.
Today, I want to share my idea. [Read more…]