(It seems like one minute I need to focus on training the toddler, the next I am focused on the younger kids not obeying THE FIRST TIME, then you got the middle kid sibling rivalry and NOW I am focusing on what I am doing to cause my teens such frustration?)
Reading a book today I realized I am 'reacting' to their emotions verses being in control of the moment. I am forgetting how hard it was to walk that teen path and without a doubt they have a tougher road these days than I did.
I love how God just shows up and reveals a glimpse at the heart of the problem (even on a 6 hour drive to Texas with 6 kids). I think I have been approaching the issue as their problem. I forgot I am the teacher and the trainer (on going)...my job hasn't passed yet, they haven't graduated childhood from our home, therefore I need to stay on duty. Instead of getting my feelings hurt or responding with the same emotion they are giving I need to be the steady example of how Christ would respond.
I am so thankful that in these moments where I forget the task at hand, God does not!
I am thankful that when I feel the emotions overtaking me, God can take control!
I am thankful for a Lord that gently reminds me that good communication is more than me talking but it is me listening!
My prayer....Lord make me a better listener to my children.
Give me wisdom to hear and the grace to respond. Amen.