The Routine of Parenting…or not.
In our home it takes 6 weeks for an adjustment in Jack’s schedule to become concrete and complete. Adjusting from the summer routine of ‘no-routine’ to the school routine of ‘absolute schedule’ always comes with its challenges.
However, I’d like to submit that the challenges are more mine than Jack’s. I could easily compare myself with Captain Von Trapp from the incredible story highlighted in the Sound of Music. I see how events should unfold and how my children should respond … I guess you can see where this train derails quickly.
As parents we get so caught up in how activities like getting on the bus, shopping excursions and bedtime routines should unfold that we forget that we are parenting real people, not prisoners of war.
Thanks be to God that I have learned the most effective method of motivating Jack (and my other children) is to calmly approach the situation and reassure that I love them (and sometimes that statement is a reminder to me that ‘I love them’) before the situation is resolved; i.e. putting Jack back to bed for the umpteenth time.
From the moment that Adam and Eve where handed the consequence for their sinful choice to disobey, God has been constantly providing opportunities in the lives of His children (us) to become more like him.
The Bible tells us in Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.“
My Encouragement: If you have personally crossed the line of faith to believe that Jesus is God and the only God who can forgive your sins…then God is continually working in you and in me to help us get better with our problems.
If it’s anger, pride, jealousy, insecurity or anything…God does want you to have victory in that situation.
This week, think about an area that you would allow God to help you in…then ask Him to help you…and don’t be surprised when He does.