Tuesday, April 12, 2011

parenting

Parenting needs to be looked at from a long distance perspective, don’t you think?  To see past the difficult day to day frustrations and catch a glimpse of their grown up life.
It requires faith and vision to crane your neck and peer past the aggravations that parenting young children brings; the fighting, the whining, the complaining that seems never ending. 
Because sometimes you have to step back and look at the bigger goal of parenting.  It’s not just for the fun of it.  Cause it ain’t fun.  It’s awfully hard.  And oftentimes overwhelming.  Parenting is about  developing squishy little babies who grow into competent, responsible adults.  One day at a time.
Now, don’t get me wrong.  There is fun, tons of it and moments of complete unrestrained bliss at being with my kids.  Times of profound peace and joy as I parent them and get to know them and watch them grow.  But there are the other times too, the ones that I’m sure are responsible for every gray hair on my just colored hair. 
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Right now in my parenting journey I have one child who would rather throw a fit than say okay to what mom and dad ask.  I have another who is desperately trying to stop sucking her thumb.  And I have a third who finds school work a time for jokes and songs and general distractions and hilarity.  We are hitting every end of the spectrum, aren’t we?
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And in the midst of it I am ever reminded that my husband and I are not doing this thing alone.  God saw that we needed to raise a godly man and two godly women.  And he did not leave us without help or resources to do it.  I just have to remember that the best source of help is found while I’m on my knees (and I don’t mean while I’m scrubbing the floors, although those are fine times to pray).
Psalm 119:57 reminds me that God is my portion.  I have to cling to the fact that he is my source.  A friend of mine shared this with me last week and I keep going back to it. 

Let the grace of the Lord be the measure of your sufficiency.  Let the sovereignty of the Lord be the measure of your confidence.

God’s grace is enough for me, his power is all sufficient to enable me to do what I need to do as a parent.  His sovereign hand is where my confidence rests, when I don’t feel like I have what it takes as a mom I can and must rely on God’s strength in me.  He gave me these kids because he could see that I had it in me to raise them.
I have it in me, you have it in you.  If God is in us then we have everything we need to do what he has purposed for us to do.  We just have to remember that we don’t do it alone, that we must daily seek his face and rest on his supply.

5 comments:

  1. thanks for this great reminder, gina. i'm totally tracking with you on every word. why is it so hard to remember these things on a daily basis? i guess because all the worries and things of this world just continually shout at us from all sides. you are a voice of truth though, and i'm grateful.

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  2. I will choose right now to "let the sovereignty of the Lord be the measure of my confidence." Excellent verse to meditate upon!

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  3. AMEN!

    i have found myself this past 6 months learning to lean on the Sovereign LORD to hold/carry my children, to have a purpose/plan for them, then to just trust. these words are perfect. thank you.

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  4. good word, gina! thanks for the pep talk, i needed it. ;)

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  5. You are so right. Your line...If God is in us then we have everything we need to do what he has purposed for us to do...is such a needed reminder. GRACE!

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