It is amazing when the bible says that children are a gift from God. They truly are and they are a gift to help us parents become better persons.
Lately, I am losing the battle with my temper. I thought I am pretty patient but my buttons do get pressed when my son over reacts by whining and having meltdowns. When trying to talk it out why he cries, he would prefer to scream with wild tears on his eyes… I start feeling upset. Then when he does not obey or tries to fight his baby sister, I burst from the inside.
When I burst, I don’t like the image of myself. My husband also pointed out that my helpers are watching how I treat Joshua and giving them the license to follow my style. Ugh… How I hate how I have not controlled myself.
So now, I’m writing my prayer because I am so discouraged. I need God to work on me from the inside out.
Lord Jesus. I need you.
I need you to help me raise the children you have bestowed to our care. Give me patience to train my babies.
When they whine, and uncontrollably cry because they can’t get what they want… Give me a calm spirit.
Give me wisdom to just ignore the cries and encourage them to talk.
Give me strength to discipline them when they disobey and disrespect me or others.
Help me Lord to do it with grace.
Keep my tongue from sending out hurtful words that might curse them.
Keep me Lord from blanking out when I see something displeasing.
Help me hold myself from screaming or reacting in anger. Help me react in grace rather than aggression. Lord, I confess this is so hard for me…
But by your grace and the Holy Spirit you can make me a good mother to my children.
Lord, you give me hope because you are not done with me yet, and you promised to complete me in Christ Jesus.
Please protect my children from my weakness in parenting.
I have faith that you have good plans for them. Lord Jesus, please help me live a life that will bring them closer to you, not farther. Amen.
My children have exposed an area in my life that I need to surrender yet to God. I need God to help me control my anger and my pride. I confess this sin and surrender it to Jesus.
I know there are mothers like me who need this time out and restoration from God. The only thing holding me now is the truth that God draw nears to us when we draw near to him in a broken spirit and contrite heart. He will refresh us when we humbly ask and He will enable us to do what is right.
I also trust that God loves my children more than I can and could. So in total surrender I rest my soul to the hands of our Creator. I know with courage, God will enable me to start over with the right attitude and a renewed heart when a similar situation passes.