James 5: 7
Be patient, then, brothers until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield it’s valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
So many times we, as moms, try to rush through parenting our children. We get frustrated because we have asked our child at least 100 times to clean up their room and it is still a mess. We ask ourselves, “Why won't this child obey? He is so stubborn and unyielding!" But, the reality is, it takes time for a child to learn the value of authority and the art of submission. These traits are not learned over night. A mom is dealing with another person’s heart, and no one can change another’s heart except for God. We know that God can only do it when that person is yielded to Him.
What is a mom to do? Give up? No! We must be patient. We must realize that we are in this job for the long haul and there are no shortcuts. We must love unconditionally, love exceptionally and never give up. We need to push past our desire to throw in the towel. We must roll up our sleeves and tell ourselves, “Whatever it takes to train up this child is what I will do.” It is hard being a mom, but we need to have the determination and patience to finish the job well.
Father, I never knew being a mom was so difficult! There are days Lord, where I think I cannot wipe up one more spilled drink, break up one more fight between siblings, or listen to my child whine another second. But, God, I acknowledge I must be patient with my children. I need to develop the mind set that parenting is like a marathon...I must set my mind to endure with patience and love. Give me what I need to finish well.
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