I know you have had those days.
Those days when maybe one (or more) of you children are just testing you to the edge of all human limits.
They might not be obeying, not listening well, not completing chores properly or completely or ___________ (you fill in the blank).
You might feel like they are failing you or maybe you are failing them (or both).
Maybe right now God has a special child in your home that you are especially struggling with. He/she might do things that are very foolish, might make bad decisions, or might be rebelling....it is that child you lay awake at night praying for, knowing that only the Lord can touch, mold and change his heart.
When our child(ren) constantly fall off the path of doing what is right and we stand there correcting them for the hundredth time I want us all to remember something:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.---Galations 6:9
I also want us to remember that God had mercy on us each time we sinned today (how many times have you sinned before you read this post?). He could have gotten angered and struck us down, sent a consuming fire, or plagued us with a fatal disease--but instead He was slow to anger and patient with us wanting us to repent of our ways, even when we are slow not realizing our sin. How much more should we show the loving characteristics of the Father to our children?
"Pray without ceasing" 1 Thess 5:17
We are drawn to the Father for his infinite mercy and love. We turn away from sin because of it. There is power in that.
We have imperfect children, and we are imperfect parents.
I an so thankful that His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
May God grant us more grace and wisdom as we parent each and every day....
"May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father...1 Thess 3:13
(Note: This is not a post advocating others not to train or discipline your children, but sometimes mothers are harsh to their children, when we need to learn to practice more mercy, love and kindness.)
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