As many of you know, our blog post here at Sweet August don't just involve our Business. Why? Well, first answer to that is we are normal humans like everyone else and have a life outside of SAE and second, we believe that our outside lives influence everything we do within our company. This past weekend on the business side was super successful and we had Happy Clients at Gruene Estate. This past weekend on the personal side was a little different. Our little unit was forced to talk about some difficult situations and many, many tears were shed. I want to write this blog post to give encouragement to all you parents out there and to really drive home that God is capable of turning around all things that were meant for evil for good! (Genesis 50:20) Our little education community suffered a loss this past weekend and a great family suffered a tremendous loss. Tragically a young student took his life...no we do not know details but does that even matter...a life is gone. I personally struggled with so many emotions about this...sadness, confusion, fear and so much more sadness. My heart literally shattered into many pieces and I am just an outsider. I found myself paralyzed with a fear of could this happen to my children and then confusion of how, why, how, just how. My heart literally is still aching for these amazing parents because I do know them and I do know what their lives consist of...much love for Christ and much love for their kids. So with all these emotions I really have prayed for things and about things I have never prayed for and I am so thankful that God has kept reminding me that this terrible situation can be used to Glorify our Lord. So here we are to what I want to say in this blog post....
Parenting is not easy...it is very, very hard. Parenting is super scary...always questioning what is right or wrong. Parenting is not always knowing what is right for your kids. Parenting is constantly changing and pure navigation through life. Parenting is hand holding with your partner and with God. Parenting is not something to be judged. Parenting is different everyday. Parenting is letting go sometimes. Parenting is grace, mercy but also correcting and stern rearing. Parenting is my favorite thing one day and my least favorite the next. Parenting is not perfect. Imagine how our Heavenly Father feels about parenting us. He has loved us when we are wrong. He has corrected us when we are wrong. He has shown mercy in our times of failing. He has never judged us. He has consistently guided us. He has sheltered us. He has navigated with us when we are still trying to figure out our path. He has done it for all of us...how many people live in this world....now that is a job!
This family has suffered greatly...in my opinion, one of the greatest sufferings there is...to lose a child. But I am so encouraged by them. They are literally teaching me by example of how you depend on the Lord. How because of his parenting you are reminded on how to be a parent. How with a Heavenly Father you can be the best Earthly Father. How all negative situations can be turned around for the greater good with the Lord.
If you ever feel lost in this great title of "Parent" I just encourage you to pray. Pray for the direction and guidance and wisdom. We will not always be perfect but I promise the Lord will always be our comforter, our wisdom, our healer, our directional guidance when learning how to parent.
For the business application (if someone is needing this) I just say this...growing a company and learning to "parent" your employees is also hard. Here at SAE we do the same thing that we do at home. We lean unto God for that guidance in dealing with each other. Through him we are learning to be patient, to love and genuinely learning to GROW our staff in their talents and their gifts.
Last line...we truly have the greatest example of Parenting and I just speak encouragement to all my friends and family to explore that...thank you God for your everlasting LOVE!