He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.
Half of our life as a mom is spent waiting. We start out our pregnancies waiting for the big arrival date, then we begin waiting on our child to fall asleep for their nap, waiting for our child to understand discipline, waiting in a car pool line, waiting for our teenager to get home from a date. Especially in the training and rearing of your child, there will be waiting. Think of a crock-pot that takes all day to cook a meal, but how delicious that meal is at the end of the day. It is the same with our children. It is a slow, deliberate process that takes patience.
No child is going to learn to obey the first time you tell them “no.” It takes multiple times, with multiple discipline strategies and then, over time, a child will learn and choose wisely. We, as moms, need to be patient in the process and not try to speed up the training. Waiting has to become a learned skill for a mom and one that we need God’s help in doing. We want quick results, first time obedience— but rarely does that happen in the real world. Slow and steady wins the race. This needs to be our goal with our children. As you wait, keep the end result in mind and that will help give you the determination to “wait it out.”
Father, Waiting is my least favorite thing to do in life. I like instant results and instant progress, but I know those don’t apply in the raising of my children. God, please give me the determination to wait on You and then give me the patience I need as I wait on my children to learn and grow. Gently remind me throughout my day that my child is only the age they are and there is no way my child can behave like an adult at such a young age. Fill me with Your love, patience, peace, gentleness and kindness. I know I will need all of those traits to get through these years as a mom.
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