There are times in parenting where I have wondered what I did wrong. It is such an awesome responsibility to raise a child, and I believe even more so to raise a child to learn to love God and follow His desires.
As a homeschool family we get the joys of seeing each other at both our best, and our worst! Sometimes, for me it’s been the past few days, I just don’t enjoy the fruit that I am seeing coming from my children and of course immediately blame myself. I am my biggest critic by the way.
Today I commented on Facebook that I was at the end of words with my children… you know, that moment that blows you away and disappoints your heart so much you can’t scream, cry, or even appropriately discipline the instigator. I LOVE my momma friends God has placed in my life. I love being reminded that I am not alone in my feelings as a mother frustrated, and being reminded to pray for them as well while we encourage each other thru this season. I do believe it’s a season, and I know as fast as tomorrow I will see changes.
Sometimes I just get frustrated that it seems at times there are more moments that make me scratch my head than make me clap my hands. BUT, that is also the devil’s deceptive way… making insignificant bothers seem like marks of failures of parenting when they are simply proof that we are raising sinners in the way God would have us and meeting obstacles because satan knows our prayers are for their hearts to choose God.
We press on and adjust our path. Just as the old Sunday school song says…
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…. won’t let Satan hhoo (blow) it out, I’m going to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!!
So come on Momma (myself included) lets keep praying with and for our children and guiding them in the ways God has put forth in His word for our life. He promises that His word won’t return void, and encourages us to come to Him when we are weary, and to not give up in doing what is right. I will cling to His promises when the king of liars tries to tell me I am messing up and failing as a mother. I pray you do too.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”