Scripture declares that to everything there is a season . . .
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3: 1 & 4, KJV)
And so it is with parenting.
One thing I promised to never do was to put on airs regarding this website. I believe this is so important that I wrote a post about that here.
My goal is to be as transparent as possible, within reasonable limits. And while I attest that family-life is amazing – and happens to be the chief vehicle through which God speaks and ministers to me – it’s not always a bed of roses.
Actually, I stand corrected…
Family-life is most like a bed of roses – because as delicate, beautiful and fragrant as it may be, it is riddled with thorns, and is at times, very painful.
In the same way that God has ordained the seasons to change, the seasons of family-life ebb and flow as well.
The mild temperatures of spring eventually morph into a scorching mid summer’s heat, which is uncomfortable, unbearable and sometimes even deadly.
The crisp fall air gives way to winter’s chill, which at times may bring what seems to be an intolerable and painful frost.
No matter how much we want to hold onto the comfort of a particular season – delighting in its moderate temperatures and the pleasure it brings – God has ordained them to change.
The good comes with the bad.
“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10, NIV)
Recently, my parenting journey has been thorny. I’ve been experiencing my own kind of intolerable temperatures and painful frosts.
Some of my kids are facing really tough and potentially life alternating situations, which in turn, is wreaking havoc in our home – and in this mamma’s heart. (Ah . . . the frost and the thorns!)
But thanks be to God!
For I am keenly aware that Father God is not allowing me to experience this trial so that I can shrink back as a parent or go down in flames.
Thankfully, this trial is . . .
Causing me to draw nearer to the Lord, as I lean on Him in my brokenness.
Intensifying my prayer life, as I call upon Him for strength.
Causing me to delve deeper into His Word, as I seek solace and counsel in what has been written.
A dear sister in Christ recently offered me some wonderful words of encouragement to help me weather my current storm.
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.” (Proverbs 25:11)
If you happen to be experiencing your own thorny season, I pray her words will be a source of encouragement for you as well . . .
♥ Don’t let the storm distract you from the One who calms the storm.
♥ God sees all, knows all, and is already at work in the midst of your storm, and is carrying you through it.
♥ He has not left you. He is not angry with you . . . He cares. He is watching and He is directing. He is sovereign. He reigns! He is at work this very moment . . . He is interceding on your behalf.
♥ May God grant you peace in the midst of this trial, increase your faith and sustain you by His grace.
♥ Let go of your expectations, your wants, your desires – be still and know that He is God.
♥ Cast all of your burdens on Him because He cares for you.
The more I spend time in God’s word, the more I’m convinced that God is at work directing the affairs of my life as a wife and a mom. I realize that He is at work behind the scenes “working all things together for my good…”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
Be encouraged, Dear Heart!
Chime in: What has helped you to weather the storms of life as a parent? Leave a comment below to share. I’d love to hear from you.
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