Thursday, April 23, 2009

Joy in obedience

I'm sure all parent can identify with being frustration of blatent disobedience & defiance from our children. Zach and I have sure felt this way, especially with Isaac and his strong willed personality. But we've tried to remain calm, stay consistent with our discipline and follow-through, and remind ourselves of what a great attribute this will be for him as an adult. Some days this worked very well.....and others have left me in tears.

The last two weeks, however, have been just a huge bles

Isaac has turned a corner and has been a very obedient & kind little boy. I'm not sure what changed, or why but I'm so glad that it did. He is listening to me, and usually without a fight or hesitation. I love to hear him say, "Yes Mommy" when I ask him if he understands what I'm telling him.

It's made me think a lot about how my obedience or disobedience to God makes Him feel. Do I cause Him to cry in frustration when I defy Him? Does He delight with a huge grin on His face when I obey? Does He just stare at me in utter delight of His child while I'm just being me?

While I'm not sure if this is just another phase or a corner turned in a new direction, I am enjoying each day as it comes. And handling the ineviable outbursts ('cause let's be honest folks, they still do happen) much more gracefully.

How has parenting widened your understanding of who God is & how He views you?

1 comment:

Tamara said...

i feel like i could write a novel in response to your question! briefly, though, let me say that I'm learning how to extend GRACE to my children because my Father has extended GRACE to me. patience is what i NEED to be working on (i've learned about it, but i'm still not-so-good at the practicing part), though!