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Quest :: Week of July 6


This month, we will continue with our Power Up theme as we learn how Jesus gives us the power to love others—and not just the ones who are easy to love. No, this kind of power is what helps us love everyone! This powerful kind of love looks a lot like goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

This weekend, we learned that every good and perfect gift is from God. And when Jesus is your friend, He gives you the power to show goodness, too!

Grab a bag and go outside. Look for things God has given us. Pinecones, flowers, rocks that sparkle . . . the world is full of gifts from God! When you’re done, sit down and let your child show you his items. Pray together and thank God for His goodness.


Quest :: July Parent Cue Article

I love the Enneagram. I’m sure you do, too. I feel compelled to tell you that I’m a one . . . and to tell you all the ways my “one-ness” shows itself in my work and relationships.

Truthfully, I find all of the personality profiles to be pretty fascinating. I’ve grown a lot over the years by learning through RightPath, Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder, the Golden Personality Profiler, and I Said This, You Heard That. My love language—for the record—is a strong quality time (with a zero on gifts).

Right now you’re probably starting to think about your own numbers and results, and all the factors that make you unique and special. You probably love to talk about all those self-awareness tools with your friends and co-workers just like I do. Those same tools can give us a valuable window into the way our kids are wired, too.

With such easy access to all this great information—maybe now more than ever—we love to think about, read about, and discuss all the complex reasons why we are who we are.

But there’s a tension I’ve felt with all this self-discovery. Maybe you’ve felt it, too. With every data point that tells me who I am, I start to push back just a little bit. I start to think, “Yes—that’s me. But that’s not ALL of me.”

If I’m being honest, sometimes I feel like I’m getting typecast. I can start to feel like the narrative of my life is being written FOR me. It’s like I’ve been put in a box, made up of walls of information, profiles, test, and assessments. The walls of that box may be mostly accurate . . . but those walls can seem to close in from time to time.

Do you ever wonder how this type of thinking might affect our kids? At school and with activities, they’re getting more and more specialized. They define themselves early on as performers, artists, soccer players, or STEM experts. This is a good thing—mostly. But what if we let all this specialization go unchecked? What if we define them so specifically that they don’t feel the freedom to explore new facets of who they are . . . or who they could be?

One of the biggest gifts I think we have as parents—maybe even one of our biggest responsibilities—is to speak words of truth to our kids.

Sometimes those positives can be very specific:

  • You make me laugh!
  • I love how expressive you are when you write.
  • You’re so kind to little kids; you’d be a great teacher someday.

But I think as I get older, and as my kids get older, too, I need to be careful with my words. I want to leave a little more room for mystery. A little more room for discovery. I don’t want my kids to think, “I’ll always ______,” or “I’ll never ________.” I want them to see themselves as works in progress.

They’ll get plenty of messages along the way, from me and from others. A lot of those messages will probably feel for them like one of those personality profiles feels to me: sometimes scarily accurate—but still, not the whole story. 

I want my kids to see all of those “data points” in life as helpful insights, but not a prescription. I don’t want them to just “stay in their lane.” I want them to be able to write their OWN narrative. Above all, I want them to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and let God shape their identity . . . whether that fits in a box or not.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Quest :: Week of June 29


Feeling like we can do anything is a pretty great feeling. We have a power source that gives us the power to do everything God wants us to do. His name is Jesus. And, He is AMAZING! Over the next two months, we’re going to power up and learn about the fruit of the Spirit what happens when we are connected to the real power source.

This weekend, we learned about the story Jesus told about a Samaritan man who chose to be kind and help someone who is different than him. Jesus gives us the power to be kind, too!

Cuddle with your child and pray, “Dear God, You are so kind. You are kind to every person, no matter who they are. Thank You for the story of the Good Samaritan. Help us be kind to everyone the way he was kind to the hurt man. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Quest :: Week of June 22


Feeling like we can do anything is a pretty great feeling. We have a power source that gives us the power to do everything God wants us to do. His name is Jesus. And, He is AMAZING! Over the next two months, we’re going to power up and learn about the fruit of the Spirit what happens when we are connected to the real power source.

This weekend, we learned about the time Simeon chose to be patient and he finally got to see the promised Savior, Jesus. Jesus gives us the power to be patient, too!

As you drive, look for things that need power. When you see something, say the name of the object and what it needs power to do. Talk about how we need power to have love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. Jesus gives us the power to do everything!


Quest :: Week of June 15


Feeling like we can do anything is a pretty great feeling. We have a power source that gives us the power to do everything God wants us to do. His name is Jesus. And, He is AMAZING! Over the next two months, we’re going to power up and learn about the fruit of the Spirit what happens when we are connected to the real power source.

This weekend, we learned about the time Jesus told a story about birds and flowers to show us that we don’t have to worry.

Grab a battery operated game for your child to play as you drive. Ask, “What gives your game power?” Say, “Yes, batteries give your game power.” Ask, “Who gives you the power to do everything?” Say, “Jesus gives me the power to do everything!”