I think many things about parenting shake me up (because it’s a wild ride!!)…but one that shakes me up the most is that while I am raising children, I myself am learning and growing up as well.
To think I get the opportunity to raise children each day… but I myself must learn to grow and mature. I thought I was pretty mature until I had my children.
Parenting: the Mirror that shows you your weaknesses (and your strengths).
I have many weaknesses and wish I didn’t. Day to day, I see my shortcomings and I see room for improvement.
Lord, how did I get to be a mom yet be so immature and full to room to grow?
Paul David Tripp said that parenting is God’s way of letting “fools rescue fools…” TRUTH. https://www.paultripp.com/video#!/swx/pp/media_archives/3031/episode/64988
All in all, I am learning to ask… is there a place and time where I begin to say “I don’t need God!” ? When I run from God’s wisdom and guidance in my day to day, I am foolish… so pained with the reality of being a fool at times, I confess and repent. I have seen myself hurried trying to do my parenting without God’s grace and guidance. I have seen today my parenting with anger, hurry and a flurry. I see tears and sadness from my kids. I become filled with regret afterwards. How did I get here?
I have decided to take a step forward from here.
My prayer today is Lord, I have deeply sinned thinking today I could operate without you. In my life today, I have lashed out in anger and frustration. I have been short with grace and love when you have freely lavished grace, love, and forgiveness upon me. Have mercy on me, Lord. Look upon me anew and help me today to receive your grace and love myself with the grace you have given so that I may love my children and husband with the grace you have given. Amen.
I thank God for the forgiveness of sins. A lowly person like me… mama who fails day after day but I see in God’s eyes, I’m forgiven. Made new. Justified. Saved. Loved. I am taking a step forward.
How about you? How are you seeing yourself today?
May you find God’s grace and peace in your life today.
Go in peace.