Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Parenting Theme

A few weeks ago I read this post from Traded Dreams.  I was reminded of my own goals for parenting Micah and a verse came to mind that I had read a while back.  

But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them.
Yes, many a time He turned His anger away,
And did not stir up all His wrath;
For He remembered that they were but flesh,
A breath that passes away and does not come again.

Psalm 78:38-39

Psalm 78 is all about God's relationship to the Israelites, particularly while they were in the wilderness and seemed obnoxiously unable to follow the Lord despite all the wonderful provisions He was granting them.  

But these verses also have my relationship with Micah written all over them.  I think of them often, most often when I have to clean up a mess that he so enthusiastically created (baby powder all over the coffee table, anyone?).  But I know these sweet toddler years will pass quickly and I am not willing to let addressing/getting upset over minor annoyances and inconveniences define our relationship.  

So here is my parenting theme, inspired by the Lord's relationship with His children and motivated by my desire to cultivate a trusting and lasting relationship with my baby boy.  

And she, being full of compassion, forgave his antics and did not punish him.  Yes, many times she turned her anger and frustration away, and did not raise her voice; for she remembered that he was only two, and two year olds go away quickly and will not come again.  

May God grant us all the peace and patience needed to be kind and gentle representatives of His love.

How about you?  Any favorite verses/quotes/themes for parenting your children?


  1. oh I love this!!! What a wonderful verse! That picture of Micah and the tissue box is all too familiar -- only with us it's usually the toilet paper or paper towels. haha

  2. Deut 11:18-21a - the other thing (which is what your post above is speaking about) that I have always striven to do, is distinguish between childishness and foolishness. Foolishness is punishable, childishness is not. Even at the age of 6 months old, foolish behaviours can be corrected while childish ones are forgiven. It takes nothing less than Divine Wisdom to know the difference between the two, as the exact same action could belong to the opposite camp on any given day or in any given moment. Parenting = whew!

    1. What a great point. I have never prayed for wisdom so hard as after Micah was born!