The other day I had a small little victory. My oldest daughter, who is five years old, spilled her milk at the table. It was an accident, but when she did it, she was trying to fight with her younger brother. He was bothering her at the breakfast table and she thought she would just push his highchair away from the table. Instead, her milk spilled all over her, the chair, and the floor. Immediately I could feel the frustration rise up, but I pushed it aside and responded calmly. They were all so shocked by MY tempered response, there was no sound after that. They all sat quietly eating their breakfast without fussing or complaining.
Later that day I totally lost it, but we’ll focus on the small victories, right? When it comes to my children, nothing gets me riled up more than messes. I can overlook the toys strewn everywhere, but when food, drink, or trash starts to pile up – I lose it. Messes get me most messed up with my temper.
The Lord is SLOWLY teaching me to rely on Him for the right response. Every morning I’ve started praying the same prayer before getting out of bed. I ask the Lord for wisdom and patience. Because my children test my every single last nerve and because they come up with the craziest questions, I’m always asking for wisdom and patience. To help me remember what to pray for, I purchased these prayer cards from The Daily Grace Company:
As a special gift to you, my dear friend, I wanted to give you a printable of sample prayers you can pray over your children. Prayer is not the answer to our problems with our children, but prayer is a seed we can plant.
“The answer to our prayer may be coming, although we may not discern its approach. A seed that is underground during winter, although hidden and seemingly dead and lost, is nevertheless taking root for a later spring and harvest.” – Lettie Cowman
Get it for FREE! A free devotional based on Psalm 90!