“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9)
Tough day on the mothering front yesterday… Was already weary and hormone-laden and not feeling up to the task of parenting my little ones. You know those days when you wonder, ‘Would it really be all that bad if I just stuck a video in for the next, say, 4 hours — till dinner?’ And felt much less-than-up to appropriately and consistently meeting the onslaught of rebellion and defiance that was presented to me by my three-and-a-half year old.
I prayed that God would send me clear and direct encouragement… and he didn’t fail me. In the midst of a google search for a specific phrase about obedience I was looking for, I stumbled upon a blog called “Metro Moms,” affiliated with C. J. Mahaney’s Metro Life Church in MD. In March they did a series of parenting-related posts based on the book Do Hard Things (about which I’ve been reading great stuff, so I’ll have to get my hands on a copy). Here are a few of the quotes that God used to touch, convict, and encourage me yesterday:
–Why is training and disciplining my children so hard? Because we want an easy life. We want things to go as we plan; easy and without a fight. When things don’t go the way we think they should, or our children don’t respond the way we want or as quick as we would like them to then we have conflict. What makes training our children hard is our will. We want control and when we don’t get it we give in to anger and critical judgments. I need to be more interested in my children’s soul than my convenience. (more…)