Having children can sometimes be a handful because there’s so many stages of life you have to walk with them through and many things you have to teach them along the way. As they go through the baby, toddler and teenager stages at some point you may fill like parenting can just be too much.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming because of the pressure we put on ourselves because we want them to grow up to be model citizens in this world and if we’re believers in Christ we usually put double pressure on ourselves because we want to make sure first, that we have it all together or pretend to have it all together hoping that they guess what? Have it all together. But the great news is that we don’t have to have it all together. What we do have to do though is trust God through every stage knowing that they are a blessing from him and asking for his guidance as we continue to parent through.
So the next time your baby wakes you up in the middle of the night or your children act out in public by throwing a temper tantrum or your teenager gets moody with you. Remember the words of Sarah who called the ability to parent pleasure even though she hadn’t conceived.
Genesis 18:12 (NIV)
12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
Genesis 21:1-2 (NIV)
21 Now the Lord was (gracious) to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.
Remember the words of Rachel who said she would rather die than live if she couldn’t conceive.
Genesis 30:1 (NIV)
30 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
Genesis 30:22 (NIV)
22 Then God (remembered Rachel); he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.
Remember the words of Hannah who cried out in deep anguish.
1 Samuel 1:10(NIV)
10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
1 Samuel 1:19-20 (NIV)
19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, (and the Lord remembered her). 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
Remember Elizabeth who stated when she conceived that God took away her disgrace.
Luke 1:24-25 (NIV)
24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said.( “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace) among the people.”
And lastly remember the countless amount of men and women wishing to be able to experience the gift you have been given.
Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,offspring a reward from him.
My heritage and blessings!!