Yesterday was one of “those” days as a parent that just left me flat on my face–literally, because I dozed off on the kids’ bedroom floor well before either of them went to sleep for the night!
I’m writing tonight for my benefit as much as anyone else’s, so I can remember that clouds pass and the sun shines again.
Now, one rough day isn’t anything to complain about in the grand scheme of things, but I think our perspective about the little things sheds a lot of light on how we view and handle the bigger things.
Being able to end our day peacefully yesterday, to see the kids fall asleep with happy thoughts in their minds, knowing their parents’ love for them, and having been reminded of the goodness of God, all these things filled me with hope for the next day. We faced our challenges, we spoke lovingly to one another, we listened to each other, we prayed together.
Please don’t for a second think I’m trying to make myself out to be a better parent than anyone or that we’ve got it right all the time. Trust me, it was all I could do to keep from sobbing in the car when I heard a song today about needing Jesus. Here are the lyrics. They say what my heart feels better than I can:
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, you’re my hope and stay
This is why I can find hope in all places. It’s nothing occurring naturally in me!
Sunny South Florida had lots of clouds outside, but it was wonderfully brighter in my heart (and I think in my children’s hearts, too) today! There is always hope when we reach for the one who will never let us down. My prayer is for the downhearted, the hopeless, the fearful, to find that hope. Blessings!