Oh the day to day with my kids can be overwhelming sometimes. Often I feel like a failure in so many ways. Right now I am dealing with outbursts of anger that shock me at times. It is easy to get discouraged if (when) I dwell on these things. But there are so many other things to focus on, like all the fun and laughter they bring.
This last week my kids encouraged me by their eternal perspective. One of the girls was trying so hard to memorize her Classical Conversations memory work, but was really struggling. When she finally got it she was so excited and said, “Maybe God did that for me!”
The next day I was dealing with some unpleasant parenting issues when Little Jason came running up and interrupted. I put him off a couple of times, but he was so insistent that I finally stopped and looked at him. He took a deep breath like what he was going to say was very important and said, “I have to tell you something. I was almost fall-ed down the stairs but, God saved me!” Oh I just had to hug him. We stopped what we were doing and thanked God for saving him from falling down the stairs. And I thanked God for this glimpse of something more going on in their little minds besides what is causing those outbursts of anger.
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Oh that is so sweet! So, so sweet!!!!
I deal with shocking outbursts of anger from my two sometimes also. Unfortunately my first instinct is to get mad at their disrespect, so we’ve all been working together on our anger.
Esther, it’s refreshing to hear that you of all people have such events in you home. I mean really you are the sweetest person and spend all your time on your knees (figuratively of course) for you family. The outburst are of couse most of time in my home from me and then I see the children looking so disappointed that they didn’t please me when in fact i dont want them to please me just do things that would please the Lord and that in turn makes me smile and brings joy to my heart. I ask the Lords forgiveness every night when we pray together and I am slowly beginning to understand the thankfulness of their little hearts for everything from their past friends to coloring to the food on the table. In all things give thanks…Thank you for encouraging me today.
I can be in the midst of frustration, but when I hear my kids laughing, it puts everything back in perspective. When kids are happy, that trumps everything! It means that you’ve created a haven, a secure environment where they’re free to be themselves. Even at 17, 21 and 23…I still love hearing the laughter and joy in my children’s voices. Thanks for sharing Esther!
Ginny Marie says
Those bursts of encouragement are so wonderful! God is watching out for us parents, too.
shari lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers says
Oh how we need those glimpses of God working in our day to day lives don’t we Esther! Such a sweet post 🙂 Praying for you Sister as you deal with the day to day job of being wife, mom, teacher, nurse, chaufer, counselor, peacekeeper…um well you get what I’m trying to say 🙂 LOL!