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Parenting on the Bad Days

December 6, 2011

My only angel on this day

How appropriate that today – this horrible, awful, no-good, very bad day – I am writing about NOT giving up. Actually, this was supposed to have been posted yesterday, but like I already mentioned….. it was a horrible, awful, no-good, very bad day. (Today is still too early to tell about.  🙂 )

“First of all, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then I would like to thank my parents, because they never gave up on me. Even when I was stubborn and willful, when I wouldn’t listen and when I couldn’t imagine they  knew anything about life in TODAY’S world. They never quit. Thanks, Mom and Dad.

No team captain, Valedictorian, Employee of the Month, Olympic Gold Winner, Youth Pastor preaching to a Youth Group, Iconic Technology Developer, President, Nobel Prize Winner, or Solver of World Problems ever stands at a podium to thank those that turned their back and gave up on them.

I know that it is a hard job, being a parent – and I have perfect kids! 🙂 There are days when the huge responsibility of parenting along with the everyday pressures clash with  a unique and independent  younger personality.

Sometimes I want a nap and sometimes I want diet Coke. (I’m not a chocolate lover.) But deep down inside, the one thing that would make all this easier is ________.

What, BLANK????? Blank makes this easier!????

There isn’t anything earthly that would make this job easier. Sorry, I wish there was a magic recipe for raising children, but there isn’t. Don’t be deceived into thinking that this job would be smooth sailing if you just had  more money, or more time, or less of this or that.  

I think that God blessed me with eight children not because I was good at parenting, but because I needed the practice; that I was so hard-headed I could not learn the lessons that other moms learned with just two or three kids.

I just wanted to encourage you on your horrible, awful, no-good, very bad day to stick with it.

Wisdom from God tells you what to do and God gives strength to carry it out, but it doesn’t mean it will be easy. Giving up isn’t an answer either. So keep pushing on, Mom. Keep directing, guiding, training, praying, and parenting. And humbly remember that God himself is maturing you at these hard times too.

Our dear Pastor used to say, “You have not failed your children until you quit praying for them.”

And if you quit….. you will never hear those words of thanks. So do right, even if it is hard.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bear permalink
    December 6, 2011 4:03 pm

    Perfect child… Ya, thats me. 🙂

  2. Rosie P:otter permalink
    December 6, 2011 10:53 pm

    You mean you have that kind of a day so close to Christmas?
    You eight are not trying to impress you with how much they deserve that special present?

    I didn’t think so.

    Humanity goes on.

    How glad I am that God’s mercies are new every morning for all His kids – including me.

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