Parenting is tough at any age, you are never truly prepared. Thinking back at age 25 and reminiscing about my daughter’s birth, first steps, first words, and when she realized that the beef she so loved once “moo’d”. Super cute, swearing off burgers at the age of 5, now at 13… she “EAT MOR CHIK’N”! Ahh, those where the days when it was easy to remember what a blessing she is… Now… it’s a little harder… I have to repeat myself like a broken record, insist that I do know what she is going through as a teenager, and remind her that there are only 2 things in this world that know everything… Google at #2 and God at #1!
But, through the parental stress, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 can help us see clearly and have fresh perspective through these crazy times.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
For me, no matter how rough the day is and how trying my little angel can be… 3 things keep me sane.
Despite those tough moments, I’m always reminded that being a parent is a noble and worthy calling, a privilege that God has given us, and one that we will see the fruits of someday. Even if it doesn’t feel like it today. Fully embrace the fact that God gave us this honor of being a parent.
This is so easy most days and much harder on others. On those days, remember that you are not alone… Can’t even tell you how many other parents I would talk to and share stories and tips. When you feel like you’re running on empty, that is the best time to connect with both your Christian friends with kids and of course our Heavenly Father through prayer. Thank Him for your children and ask him to renew your joy. Lean on God in the tough days of parenting, watch how HE resolves the issues your facing with your child.
There is nothing our kids need more than the presence of Christ in their lives.
Therefore, the most important thing we can do as parents is keep that connection. Your kid, pre-teen, or even your adult may not know what they need to pray for... Your wise enough to ask the Lord for exactly what they need. Pray on their behalf, pray with them, and help show them that prayer-path to HIS will.