Some days I fail as a parent.
As least I feel like I've failed.
Yes, the kiddos may have been fed, clothed and kept out of general danger, but their other needs may have been left by the wayside.
You know, teaching them the fruits of the spirit like PEACE. PATIENCE. KINDNESS. SELF CONTROL. GENTLENESS. Patience. Patience. Patience. Pat - ok you get the idea.
I've had MANY of those days lately. Survival days. Struggling to provide those basic needs of a human, but ignoring many of those other, ya know, things. Let's just say our strong-willed child is once again trying valiantly to become ruler of the family.
God made him this way. God blessed him an unusually firm character, a drive and determination and spirit of fortitude that will one day become the very thing that helps see him through anything he sets his mind to accomplish.
He is a firework. A spark plug, if you will. Small package, lively zippy personality, huge potential.
Today I'm praying for patience, guidance and for a spirit of gratitude for the gift this wondrous child has been to us. For what character development parenting him has produced in ME.
Cause sometimes He needs to tear me down with whatever means necessary to wake me up again.
God knows what HE is doing. Imagine that.