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Sometimes my prayers sound like a Nike commercial, “Just do it, God!”
Either way, I want my Heavenly Father to swoop in and make everything right. (The qualifier is…Right in my eyes.) I want Him to save my child from a bad choice, change my spouse to see things my way, fix whatever I have botched.
Both petitions are cries for God’s help. I feel inadequate as a parent – or even a person- on many days. Many parents I speak with feel uncertain in their ability to parent the kids God has given them, too.
I do know my big God is using each struggle to draw my family and me closer to Him.
The severe mercy of natural consequences my kids may have to experience could be just what the Great Physician ordered. Rescuing may be the worst action of all. (Dang)
Would I really like it if my husband had no opinion and we did everything my way? (Okay- truthfully …some days I could go with that!)
What if the Lord covered my tracks for all my mistakes, what would I learn? How would my perseverance muscles develop? How would I gain empathy and the feeling of gratitude if I did all things right?
Nothing. They’d atrophy. I wouldn’t.
Praying for God to be a part of my life and my family’s life is faith. Trusting God with the details of how to work through the trouble is wisdom.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
By Lori Wildenberg
Wife to Tom, Mom of 4
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting