This movie brought me to tears, and I don’t cry. As I watched it, I saw what many families (mine included) struggle with on a daily basis. The Art Of Parenting; The balance of life and raising children. Knowing what to do and where to turn for guidance.
If you are a regular here at Mamas and Coffee, you already know I’m not much of a reviewer, but more of a storyteller and sharing how things relate to my family. This article will be no different.
Like Arrows reminds me so much of our home life. Kids making messes, parents rushing to and fro and honestly, just trying to make it through each day while keeping everyone alive. It’s ok to admit, we all have those days.
When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to rethink their parenting strategy. In the process, they realize how critical intentionality and focus are when shaping and molding young lives. FamilyLife’s first feature film explores the challenges and joys that come with raising children. Through a journey that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the unmistakable power of family. Together, they learn that knowing and living by God’s Word is what brings transformation and hope to any family.
Each phase of parenthood seems difficult when you’re going through it. We wonder why our kids make messes, throw tantrums, disobey, etc. Trust me, you are not the only one going through it, been through it or will go through it. Luckily for Alice, she met a wonderful woman and their families became friends to help guide and support one another through these times. You have a wonderful woman or two out there for you too.
As children become teenagers, they become “experts in life.” They make some bad decisions, and as parents, we ask where we went wrong. Let me relate this to my home. We have one teenager, and she is your typical teenager. She wants space, and we do grant it somewhat. Watching Like Arrows reminded me of why we try to keep tabs on what’s happening in her life. Simply put, she’s a child, and it’s our responsibility to parent and raise her the way God intends.
Let me be real with you for a moment. Our kids can drive me insane at times, and we’ve been just like Charlie and Alice in the movie. My husband is a US Naval Officer. This means he is away for months at a time or may work long hours. He is absent, and when our kids were younger, I wanted to choke him at times for being out to sea. I felt alone, kind of helpless. Even though we didn’t attend church regularly as we should’ve, I had constant reminders of my duty to raising children to know and love God. I also had people keeping it real about motherhood and that things don’t happen overnight and parenting isn’t easy.
My granny always told me and still tells me that all of my answers to any issue (parenting, life, relationships, etc.) is found in the Good Book; Bible. Her words rang out in this movie as well, “God Needs To Be The Center Of Your Life, Not Just Part Of It.” Live a Godly life, not just read it, and talk it.
I won’t spoil the movie for you, but one tidbit about raising children to know Christ. They may stray, but they will find their way back home.
I hope you will take the opportunity to view this movie May 1 and May 3. You may check here for a showing near you.
Oh, one more thing. What I absolutely love about this movie is it shows dads coming together for support as well. Kudos!
Take a peek at this video.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Psalms 127:4
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