She’s So Pretty and Talented; I Hate Her
The seeds of self-hatred, self-doubt, and depression lurk in the heart of every person. So do resentment and envy of other people. Why is he so successful? Why does she have so many male admirers? Why does his family have all that money and mine has nothing? Why is she so pretty and I’m so not? It’s hard to affirm other people when you feel so needy. How can you fill someone else’s cup when you feel empty?
Here is one of the marvelous secrets of happy living that only the Bible can reveal because the concept is so counterintuitive. Ready? Here it is: when you really want something from someone else, like love, acceptance, and praise, you go first and give. “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11), says St. Paul.
That is also one of the magic secrets of a happy marriage. Don’t wait to turn on the charm, kindness, and support until your partner is worthy of it. Go first. You know what? It works. Kind words (i.e., treating people better than they deserve) release love and kindness in others, and those will come back to you in even greater abundance. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Isn’t that how Christ treats us?
Parenting by Prayer: 31 Days to Becoming a Happier, More Effective Influence on Your Kids.
Many parents spend time praying for their children. But few actually take time to pray for themselves. And the truth is, they need it!
In our brand-new 31-day prayer devotional book, Parenting by Prayer, you’ll be immersed in inspiring, daily conversations with your heavenly Father that take you on a journey to becoming a happier, more effective parent.
You’ll learn specific ways to give voice to your fears, to express your joys, and simply spend time with the One who loves to give you peace and rest. Not only that, this prayer devotional also contains journal pages for personal reflection on your journey.