You know, this parenting gig can be tough some days. It is certainly a blessing from God and it is a joy and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love my children... but it still can be tough!
We are responsible to see that they have food and clothes and a safe home and that they get to school and that they learn to be responsible and loving and kind on and on and on. AND, most importantly, we are responsible for seeing that they are raised to love and serve the Lord.
And, let me tell you, there are days when I find that completely overwhelming. And, you guessed it, today would most certainly be one of those days! We've had a week filled with temper tantrums and displays of disrespect and days of not wanting to do homework and I'm just about done in. I want to teach them both how to behave and how to be respectful and how important it is to do their homework. I want to do it in a loving and kind way.... in the way the Lord would want me to teach them all these things. While, at the same time, I feel like my head might explode from all the fits and the struggles (not to mention that all the struggle makes me just worn out mentally).
By now I'm sure you're wondering where the thankful part is, aren't you? Well, here it is.... I am thankful that when I have days like this where I am just completely overwhelmed with parenting, that I have God to turn to for guidance. I have God to turn to and pour my heart out to... to tell Him how much I love these precious little kiddos He has given me, but how it's tough right now and I need Him to show me how to guide and direct them. I am thankful that He is there for me to ask "How do I go about training them up in the ways that they should go"?
He is always RIGHT THERE when I call out.. and I've been doing that everyday for the last week or so. But, you know what? Every. single. time. I have called to Him, He has been right there. And, tonight? Well, after picking up everyone and getting home for dinner, we had what started to be ANOTHER one of those nights. I took a break and went to room and prayed. And then I came back out and prayed as I cleaned up the remains of dinner. And, then all four of us sat down and had a family discussion about all that has been going on. And, God was there with us. By the end we were all discussing and it wasn't just my husband and I talking, the kids joined in too. My son began making suggestions for how we could make it better (don't argue, listen when Mom and Dad are talking, do your homework w/out complaining) and my daughter was naming off all the ways in which we show love and respect to those that we love (don't yell at Mom and Dad, be nice to my brother, etc). Yes... God was definitely right there with us!
"Dear Lord, thank you so much for being with us as we travel this road of parenting. Thank you so for these sweet children you have given to us. And, while the responsibility may be daunting some days, we KNOW you will always be there there with us every step of the way. AMEN. "
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