His Strength – Not Mine

by:  Ria Lucindo For most families, summer is officially over, as schools opened and Labor Day behind us. It also means we are half-way through the year – a good time to visit those goals we made in January. As I visited mine, one assessment stood out – I am not where I need to be as a parent.  

So, this past week I have gathered a total of 7 books- all about parenting. The librarian who helped me check out was probably thinking “This lady sure needs a lot of help being a mom!”
As I began to read, I realize the books are about changing the parent’s thinking and behavior first. As a result of that change, the children will (hopefully) behave the way the parent wants. It makes sense. After all, learning by example is proven effective.

I cannot do this parenting thing by myself. I turn to God with both arms up in surrender.

But what if you cannot be that person they can imitate their whole childhood? Sure, there are days when I can calmly explain answers to the hundreds of questions my kids ask or be the adult when meltdowns begin. But there are days when I just want to take a break. I do not always have the energy to indulge them in age-appropriate, meaningful conversations. When everything around me turns chaotic, I yell in frustration. It’s not really the kind of behavior I want my children to copy.

I cannot do this parenting thing by myself. I turn to God with both arms up in surrender. Every day I am faced with the reality that apart from Him, there is nothing I can do by myself. I place my hope in Him with the truth that, my children are His. It brings me great joy that despite my weakness and limitation, God fortifies me as it says on Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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