Friday, September 10, 2010

The Perfect Parent I am NOT

The last few days have been tough around here. We knew to expect hard days, but didn't know what "hard" looked like. We know now. My heart is so full of emotion and many questions. I find myself seeking the Lord's wisdom ALL DAY LONG. There are some days when I don't "feel" like doing this and I don't "feel" like parenting five children. I wonder if they will ever get "it"; will they figure out that action A results with consequence B?" I go through the same discipline sequence day after day; moment after moment. Why, Lord? Why does it have to be so hard?

He gently reminded me that He too has had to discipline me for the same offense day after day, moment after moment. He too has wondered, "Why does this have to be so hard? Doesn't she get that action A will result with consequence B?"

The difference between us is that God is the perfect parent and I am most definitely NOT! I can take comfort in the fact that God's mercies are new EVERY morning.

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:22-24

When I am weak, He is strong. He can work miracles with what I pitifully give Him each day. He is always patient and kind. He is NEVER envious, boastful, rude or self-seeking. He keeps no record of wrongs. His love NEVER fails.

May we all be reminded that we serve a MIGHTY God and our life is His and not our own. I pray that I will be a usable tool in my master's hand each and every day.


  1. Becky - you said exactly what i feel SO many days!! hang on! He promises to never give us more than we can handle. (you didn't know you could handle so much - did you?) :) Praying for you today!

  2. Praying for you my sweet friend! I looked for you this weekend at ETC but, missed you! Let's talk soon! :)