I am so thankful that God is patient with His children…because if you miss the potty and pee on the floor more than once in a week, you might as well run for cover because this Mama has had it. Two times last week…two times.
I am so thankful that God never loses track of His children…because I have most definitely thought I lost one or both of the kids several times in their short lives.
I am so thankful that God can handle more than one request from more than one child at a time…because I find it extremely difficult to cook eggs while simultaneously attempting to monitor the progress of a bowel movement, shove cereal into a screaming orifice, and remove the pile of stinky diapers from the kitchen counter.
I am so thankful that God knows exactly what His children need even if they can’t articulate it…because I find it absolutely daunting to understand why my three year-old is throwing himself on the floor in frustration because I can’t quite understand what in the world he is asking of me.
I am so thankful that God keeps His promises to His children…because I most definitely make, change, and forget promises as I go and as time permits.
I am so thankful that God is always willing to listen to His children…because if I’m being perfectly honest, sometimes I want to find a small, sound-proof corner that is big enough for only me, my coffee, my book, and my Cool Ranch Doritos.
I am so thankful that God cares about all of His children’s hurts…because sometimes I want to scream, “You have a hangnail on your big toe. For crying out loud (oh wait, you are), you didn’t break your leg. Suck it up!”
I am so thankful that God knows how to love His children even at their worst…because I have yet to master the “let-me-love-you-even-though-you-just-screamed-in-my-face-and-told-me-you-didn’t-love-me-anymore” love.
I am so thankful that God doesn’t avoid His children…because there are times when I have feigned bowel movements just to avoid my children. It’s true.
I am so thankful that God doesn’t need a special device in order to hear His children…because without those handy-dandy monitors, I’m pretty I would still be laying cozy in my bed while she screams and he continues to ask, “Is there any answer?”
I am so thankful that God isn’t distracted when attending to His children’s needs…because I can’t even recount the amount of times that I was headed for a snack, a story, a drink, a diaper, a toy, a time-out, a blankie, a baby… and got distracted with a text, a task, a call, a “comment,” a “pin,” a picture, a message, or a mirror.
I am so thankful that God doesn’t tire of caring for His children…because after a long day of caring for just two, I pretty much collapse into a pile of useless mush and need a giant prayer and a healthy shot of caffeine to get me going the next morning.
I am so thankful that God isn’t selfish when it comes to loving His children…because there are many times when I just want to eat a meal slowly…read a book in silence…go to the bathroom alone…have a conversation uninterrupted… drink a cup of coffee hot…shower in peace…and have a night of undisturbed sleep.
I am so thankful that God forgives His children and remembers their sins no more….because though I forgive, I surely haven’t forgotten the times my love has been dismissed and my words have been disregarded by a disobedient child.
I am so thankful that God is relentless in pursuing His children…because I easily tire of running up and down a flight of 12 steps to fight with a fussing baby who is refusing my arms and resisting my help.
Suffice to say, I am REALLY glad that God doesn’t parent like I do.
So what do I do about all of my defective and deficient parenting skills?
Is there any help?
Is there any hope?
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace is all I need to help me parent?
His power works best in my weakness?
Are you sure?
But how are you sure?
Because when this Daddy makes a promise, He always keeps it.
** Placing your baby on a pumpkin, parenting fail 65,370 **