Message: “22 Caught in the Middle: Caring for Aging Parents and Your Own Children–at the Same Time” from Mike Emlet

Mike Emlet - October 22, 2017

22 Caught in the Middle: Caring for Aging Parents and Your Own Children–at the Same Time

CCEF Conference:  Family

“Honor your father and mother.” “Bring your children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” You may be in a season of life when living out these two commands simultaneously feels impossible. You find your responsibilities to care for your aging parents colliding with the responsibilities to care for your children. How do you prioritize these two important callings without succumbing to the guilt, frustration, fear, and exhaustion that are all too common? This breakout will examine these challenges and provide biblical guidelines for loving your parents and your children—at the same time.

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Embracing the Blessing. Facing the Brokenness. Family. What image springs to your mind? Big smiles and warm hugs? Dark looks and harsh words? An empty frame and yearning for what never was and may never be? Perhaps it’s more complicated than that–maybe the smile is real, but the eyes reveal something more. Perhaps blessing and brokenness are tangled together. Or perhaps we’re troubled when we compare the snapshots in our mind with images of family immortalized by Norman Rockwell or the picture we envision of what a “Christian family” is supposed to be. But what are we to make of the fact that in all of Scripture not one single family is held up as an idealized role model? How can that be? Because the Bible is no stranger to the complexities of family. At this year’s National Conference, we’ll be exploring the ways God forms and reforms family, how he shapes and reshapes us through family. Whatever our situation or experience, whether single or married, old or young, whatever roles we play, this conference will help us face the brokenness and embrace the blessing of family. Used with permission. This recording is copyrighted by the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). This recording is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and may not be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, prepared as a derivative work, or performed in any form without the prior written consent of CCEF. The distribution of this audio is done with full permission from CCEF. All rights reserved. For more information on classes, materials, speaking events, distance education and other services, please visit

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