There are many opportunities to do life on your own and not seek God’s counsel. One area that am I growing in is learning how to seek God in my parenting. I so deperately want my kids to love God with all their heart and to serve Him well. But it seems I am not always getting to the root of the issue. Sometimes I grow weary with the same constant battles. Have you been there before? Parenting can be tiring and trying. You can get frustrated and even angry because you are constantly saying the same things over and over. You are constantly disciplining for the same exact reason you had to three minutes ago. You ask yourself, when will this end? When will you finally get through? Is it me? Am I the failure here??
Oh, how children can bring us to our breaking point and oh, how quickly they humble us!I have been there many times. I feel like throwing in the towel. Saying “I quit. I can’t do it. I’m a failure.” Raising children is one of the hardest things a person can do. On the other hand, it can also be one of the most rewarding. It is constantly changing and is always challenging you in many areas of your life. The most comforting thing to remember is that your children are not yours, they are the Lord’s. You do not have to do this alone. He put you in charge of raising them and training them but only He knows exactly what they need. Only God know how to get to their hearts and change them. Praise God, He does not keep it a secret and is more than willing to help us. All we have to do is admit and understand our dependence on Him. We need to be constantly seeking and asking for His advice. The following verses comfort me during tough times when I feel alone and want to give up. I especially love this first verse because so often it is in the middle of the night that we desperately need some extra encouragement.
“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of you children.” Lamentations 2:19 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV
“I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.” Psalm 57:2 NLT
Remember you can’t do it on your own but you have a faithful and loving God who can give you everything you need, to do anything that He has called you to do!
He is able: “Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 NLT
He can give you the strength that you need: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NLT
He can give you the patience that you need: “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 NIV
He can give you the wisdom that you need to guide well: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generaously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NIV
He provides all that you need: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NIV
He is always with you: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
The determining factor to your success as a parent is simply your wiliness to ask. To ask God for wisdom, strength and the ability to carry out what He has called you to do.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15 NIV
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 NIV
Fall on your knees and tell Him that you can not do this alone and you need His help. He is faithful and will meet you where you are and start guiding your steps so that you can have victory. You will overcome!! You will win!!!
After you ask, look for those small victories to encourage you to continue to fight! Praise God when your toddler says please instead of crying. When you young child says, “Okay Mommy” and walks away when you tell them no. When your elementary child does her chores without being told. Ask God to open your eyes to see where you are making progress. Remind yourself that you are making a difference and they are learning.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galations 6:9 NLT
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