I hope you laugh more than cringe as I share stories of my life as a mom of six, ranging from 28 to 8 years old. Raising kids involves a lot of energy. The work is more than potty training and being their chauffeur. Under the surface of parenting is a task many of us weren’t prepared for: navigating the realm of the soul. Our souls. Parenting requires a continuous examination of this mysterious part of our creation. We operate from it–motives, mindsets, attitudes, and triggers. God, our Potter, wants to cultivate the soil of our soils and remove anything that would hinder the fruit of the Spirit from coming forth.
He is whispering, “I know it’s hard, but I am with you! I see you are trying, and I am your guide! You made a mistake, and I forgive you! I love you, and I’m cheering you forward!” The beauty of parenting can be a process of brutally naked surrender to God, who affirms our efforts and gives us courage on a journey for which none of us are prepared.
All Christian parents need the kind of guidance, reassurance, and conviction she offers in Cultivating the Souls of Parents.Mary Butler Coleman – Executive Director, City of Promise
Tina is the mother of six amazing children and has been a tremendous inspiration to my wife and me in our parenting journey.Rev. Dean Nelson – Executive Direction of Human Coalition Action
Tragedy propelled an African American homemaker to desperately seek God for answers. “What will it take to free the world from brokenness?” She came to understand that when people learn how the curse of sin weaves through families, neighborhoods, and society, they can begin the process of uprooting it.
Like the author, many of us are just regular people living our lives, daily impacted by personal pain and societal brokenness. We’re provoked by the divine words “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But how do we bring spiritual, emotional, and relational healing to our family and community? Issues like addiction, fear, and economic hardship can keep entire families in bondage. Tina Webb shares that when we embrace a lifestyle geared toward spiritual, emotional, and relational health, we will have the tools we need to walk alongside people as they learn to break free from the issues that keep them broken.