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Motherhood is such sanctifying work. I am humbled daily at the amount-or lack of- patience that I have. The truth is, I struggle most days. I mess up. I lose my temper. I am not as gracious as I need to be. And some days I am overwhelmed by the weight of trying to raise good humans (that redhead, y’all…).
But the Holy Spirit has been speaking a truth into me this week that I have been making my prayer. We are not alone in this sanctifying work. In fact, God has placed our children in our homes and lives to bring us to our knees. We cannot do it well when we operate in our own strength. We have to daily invite the Holy Spirit into our relationship with our children. We have to allow Him to parent us and guide us as we parent them. Will that mean no hard days? Of course not! But it will give us access to a peace and strength that is beyond ourselves. “Jesus, guide and parent me as I guide and parent them.”