My kids are at a difficult age.
Really difficult, in fact.
The days of tending to their every need are gone. The late night feedings and diaper changes are but a distant memory as well. Yep, those sweet babes of mine? They’ve been replaced by tweens, pre-tweens, and one high maintenance five year-old too.
I guess you could say we’re in a state of transition within my household. Indeed, boundaries are being tested, hormones have entered the scene, arguments are quite common, voices are being raised (often), and this mama? Well I’m worn out and worn down. Worse? I’m struggling with how I’m supposed to deal with it all.
My kids are acting out. Disobedience has reared its ugly head. And the manners I thought I instilled along the way, somehow have yet to show up either. I can’t help but feel like I’ve totally messed up–like I’ve failed at this parenting gig.
Friends, it’s as if I’m completely powerless.
However, sitting here–typing these words to you–well it’s so clear as to what’s really going on. Because the desperation, frustration, fear (and yes–sheer panic) we mothers feel are all part of the enemy’s plan—his scheme. And I’m fairly certain this sort of trap? It’s one most of us have fallen prey to on more than one occasion.
But you know what I’ve realized? You and I?
Not when we’re able to hit our knees and beg God for help. Not when we’re able to call upon the Holy Spirit for assistance. Because it’s in these precise moments where God hears our cries, understands our pleas, and sees our hearts. It’s in these minutes, hours, days and yes—seasons(!) where our children and our efforts in raising them must be prayed for and over—where they must be covered.
Praying parents recognize their own inability to change their children’s hearts, and put their faith and hope in the God who can. –Brooke McGlothlin
So, pray and never cease. Understand that no matter how challenging our kids might be, or how frustrated we might become in our trials with them, we must continually pray. We must consistently seek God’s counsel and guidance. Just as we’ve got to recognize that this journey we’re on, and these children in our care? We’re never alone in any of it.
Pray, mamas. Cover your kiddos. Know that He’s listening, and understand that He’s got all of this: you, me, and these beautiful children we’re raising too.
He’s got all of us covered.
Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omaritan
Author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe, Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a Christian wife and mother to three amazing kiddos. After hanging up her star-spangled bloomers (and that restrictive red corset) a few years back, Jenny now spends most of her “spare” time dishing out the latest in tips, hints, and practical advice when it comes to guiding other mommies through the trenches of motherhood. And when she isn’t cooking, cleaning, starting her latest load of laundry, or attempting to raise her kids right (as in manner-possessing, respectful, God-loving little tikes), Jenny can usually be found writing about it instead. Through her children’s books, personal website, blogs, and as a contributing writer for the online supersite(s), The MOB Society and Moms Together, there’s always plenty of information to relate to, and a whole lot of comic relief to go around.
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