The Greatest Success in Parenting

by | May 15, 2014 | Parenting

One of the most difficult things I find in my parenting is when our children are going through tough life stuff, and there’s not one single thing I can do to fix it.

I can’t be Supermom and fly in with my cape and save the day.

I can’t put a bandage on it.

I can’t kiss it and make it all better.

I can’t solve the problem, find the right words to say, nor turn their attention elsewhere like I used to when they were little.

When challenges come. When the worry is big. When the situation seems beyond what they (and I) can handle. There’s only one thing I can do.

I can pray. And so I do.

And when I do, something incredible happens. God replaces my worry with His peace. He gives me a calm and a reassurance that with Him, everything is going to be okay. And sometimes, that alone, gets me through.

God has my children in the palm of His hand. He has yours there too. He loves them even more than I do, and perfectly at that. He sees what they need before I ask. He knows them intimately–even more than their mom does–because He created them.

When I go to God on their behalf, it not only impacts them, it impacts me as their mom. God strengthens me, and He equips me to point my children to Jesus. They begin to build their own faith in Him and not try to stand through mine.

Successful parenting

My greatest success in being a parent is when my children turn to Jesus in their trials instead of turning to me.

Moms. Dads. This parenting thing can be tough some days. Lately we’ve had times where my husband and I look at each other, and without saying a word, we know what the other is thinking. It’s been a mixture of:

“Is this seriously happening?”
“Everything is going to be okay.”
“Together, we’ll get through this.”
“God’s got this.”
“Are you sure everything is going to be okay?”

And most days we’re just clinging to Jesus. Hanging on for dear life. And even as we cling, we find security.

I desperately want our children to have that same security. Even if they’re clinging instead of standing. Even when the bottom seems to be falling out. Even when the future is uncertain.

Keep praying for your children. Keep pointing them to Jesus. That’s the most important thing we can do for them today.

And I guess, that’s truly the only way we “Supermoms” can fly in with our cape and save the day.

Julie

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6 Comments

  1. Kathryn Shirey

    I needed to hear this today. I’ve been praying all morning over one of my kids. Wishing I could fix everything and make it all ok, normal. But in the end, I just have to trust and know that God has this. He has a plan for this child and He will reveal the path to us one step at a time. And I love your reminder that we need to share and model that Faith to our children. Thanks!!

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    • Julie

      You and me both, Kathryn. I’ve been praying over my kids too. So much of this life is out of our control, but I’m thankful it’s not out of God’s control. It gets hard when there isn’t anything we can do to fix what’s going on. But to pray and trust. That’s what we moms do. I’m going to pray for you and your family this morning after writing this. You’re right. God has this. Thank you for sharing today. May God bless you as you trust Him. Hugs!

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    • Julie

      Thank you, Lisa. God bless you today!

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  2. Sabra Penley

    Oh, Julie, I love this so much! “My greatest success in being a parent is when my children turn to Jesus in their trials instead of turning to me.” Definitely will be pinned!

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    • Julie

      God gave me that one this morning. I pinned it too! He awes me so! Thank you, Sabra!

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