Friends, I write this post with a sad, heavy and weary heart. This post is just as much for me as it is for you. Parenting is a tough gig. But it’s so rewarding and so filled with love.
I’m praying that as you read this you would be comforted and reminded that our perfect Father is always there for you. His yoke is easy and the burden is light. In Him there is rest. His fountain never runs dry.
Here are the three things that have been on my mind A LOT this week:
Our kids are going to mess up. We are all sinners and we all fall short of the glory of God. It’s how you respond that counts:
We’ve had some difficult parenting moments at our house this past week. I love my kids unconditionally and need to extend the same grace to them that God has extended to me. But believe me. There were moments when I wanted to lock myself in my room with a gallon of chocolate peanut butter ice cream and a box of Kleenex. Don’t give up. Even if they don’t act like it, your kids need you and love you.
Our identity and worth as a parent is not the sum of your child’s choices:
There were times this past week I wondered where I had gone wrong as a parent. As a teen I made some bad choices that made my parents ask that very question about themselves.
My kids have free will. I have taught them right from wrong. They are their own choice makers.
God chose US to be the parents of our kid(s):
Some days I don’t feel like I can climb the parenting mountain in front of me. Sometimes, I don’t want to. Sometimes I compare myself to the moms out there who have thriving ministries, successful parenting books and blogs. Or even the lady who seems to have taken a shower and put on make up before driving her kids to school. Why can’t I get it together like them?
What about you? Have you ever blamed yourself or questioned your parenting abilities when your kid has messed up?
What would you say the fourth thing is that every parent needs to know?