Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For Encouragement in Parenting

 It's been one of those days.

The kind where I wonder if I'm crazy for trying to homeschool a six year old while keeping a toddler alive and safe and trying to not neglect my basic needs while pregnant-- like drinking water.

The kind of day where I can't get through a single subject without having to stop some potential catastrophe like the 22 month old applying the Elmer's glue stick as chap stick. I was able to wash off most of it before she licked too much. And that stuff is non-toxic, right?

Sigh.

It makes me tired quickly.

And when I get tired, I usually become grumpy more easily.

And then I become frustrated with myself for being frustrated, and for this ugly tone that tends to creep into my voice.

And the cycle continues... if I don't stop it.  

I have to remember to ask for His help.

And today He brought this truth to my mind, and I just instantly had peaceful relief.

 "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
~Isaiah 40:11

The faithful Shepherd is carrying my children close to His Perfect Parenting heart, and He is gently leading me.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

It is The LORD himself who goes before me and will be with me; he will never leave me nor forsake me. I will not be afraid; I will not be discouraged.

Maybe memorizing this verse will be an encouragement to you, too? 

Click here for this free memorization aid printable.
 

For other free printable verses, you can scroll to the bottom of my "Just for YOU" page. The Word is the double-edged sword we need to be able to fight in daily battles, large and "small". Join me?








2 comments:

Leah said...

Thank you so much for posting this. It's really what I needed so much. I have been struggling with wondering if I am crazy too, having three little ones (5, 3 & 8months) homeschooling and trying to raise them for His glory. Thank you for the wonderful printout verse....I have to remember i do not do this alone.

V said...

Sounds like you are doing a great job of keeping yourself and your children before the Lord. God bless you. I have seen mine grow and blossom in the Lord and even as adults they still give me great material to write about. :)

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