“Our plates tend to get full quickly because we are trying to please everyone. We need to remember our own needs and the needs of the ones that are close to us. Sometimes we strive to fulfill the needs of others and overlook our own. Learning to say “No”, actually isn’t the end of the world.”
Mommin’ ain’t easy.
Have you ever read a truer sentence? Parenthood, in general, is not for the faint of heart. It’s scary and full of plot twists and just when I think I have it figured out, I’m pretty sure my children organize a clandestine meeting and devise ways to keep me on my toes.
A couple of months ago, my husband and I found out that we are expecting a baby! God has already been teaching us a lot about parenthood and our role in a child’s life. As many of you may know, during the first trimester of pregnancy a woman can feel completely tired because of all the changes in her body and all the energy that is going to the growth of her child. So that’s how I felt during the first three months: exhausted. The only thing I wanted to do was to rest and to sleep.
What do we want to teach our children when it comes to God? And how do we do that? These are some big questions. When I look at myself it’s my biggest desire for my kids to have a personal relationship with Jesus for the rest of their lives. It’s my prayer that they will follow Him and be builders in God’s Kingdom. I can only pray and hope that they will, it’s their decision, but where I can, I hope to influence them in a good way. I hope to set an example and to learn them God’s ways.
The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and gift to parents and they truly are. But even though it is the truth, it doesn’t mean it always feels that way. It can seem like it when you look on social media, when you see al the happy pictures of perfect families. It looks that way when I enter the living room of one of my friends. It is always neat and clean and organized. Her kids are polite and always seem to behave well. How glad it made me to hear about her struggles with her son. Not glad for her of course, but glad it’s not just me who is having struggles with this whole parenting thing. I think Christians all over the world encounter the same difficulties in parenting.