Monday, March 21, 2011

Parenting Lessons.

Have you ever heard yourself say something in regards to your kids and then suddenly think "that's probably what God thinks." It's an incredibly humbling experience, this parenting journey, for as I come across different circumstances that stretch me more than I think I can be stretched, I realize that the actions that I loathe from my toddler are often times my actions towards God. I really wanted to write some of them down so I wouldn't forget, so here are some of my favorite lessons from God, through a toddler.

"Love is patient. Are you being patient?" Sometimes I feel like God has me say this to Brayden so He can remind me to be patient. I'll admit, patience is probably my biggest weakness as a sinner saved by Grace. I am constantly mortified watching my toddler's actions and wondering if I sometimes come across the same way.

One day Brayden was throwing an absolute FIT when we were leaving to go somewhere (I think it was Chick-Fil-A, or some other fun thing like that). I was SO frustrated, because I was trying to get Brayden out of the door to do something fun, but all he could think about is how he couldn't get his way right then and there. It made me think about how many time God tries to get me to change my ways, and I refuse, making him drag me by the heel in His ways, only to be completely embarrassed of myself when we get to the destination, for His plans were far greater than anything I was doing at the time.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine texted me about how frustrated she was at having to say the same things OVER and OVER and OVER again to her toddler and preschooler, and even still they wouldn't listen. I'm sure  "It doesn't matter how I say it, they still don't listen!" comes out of the mouth of every mom at one time or another. And I'm pretty sure God feels the same way as us moms, having to constantly remind us of His promises, of Himself and of His presence. And yet, even though He may be SHOUTING at us, we still seem to walk around in a haze of ignorance.

I am sure there are more lessons, but these are the first three that come to mind. Parenting is a humbling journey, is it not?

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