The Perfect Parent

The PerfectParent

Becoming a mom was such a wonderful gift. When I found out I was pregnant at the age of twenty, I was terrified. I knew I was a mess and didn’t know how I would be able to take care of a child if I couldn’t take care of myself.

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 123:7 (NLT).

Children Gift

Thankfully, I found Jesus – and I am much less of a mess than I was 6 years ago. But at times, I’m still terrified. Terrified that I am going to ruin my child’s life.

The weight is heavy. My son is constantly watching me. Every day. What I say, how I act and react, the things I value and make important. And my oh my do I mess up. I will probably always fall short.

In a rush out the door in the mornings, I react with frustration when he doesn’t get ready fast enough, instead of waking up 15 minutes earlier. The impatience I have when I have to repeat the same instruction for the umpteenth time, isn’t very Godly.

Then Jude looks me in the eyes and says, “You still love me even when I do something wrong, right mom? Just like God does.”

And I realize I may not be such a failure.

The perfect parent is not perfect. Instead, she always does her best to point her children to God and to Jesus.

Perfect Parent Quote

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT).

Jude will see his mom isn’t great at everything, which is okay. He won’t then have these expectations that he has to do everything well. He will see that I need a Savior. He will see me on my knees. He will see how I am constantly redeemed by Jesus Christ because of my mistakes.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for my children. Please help me realize that I will never be enough, and that is why we need You and Your Son, Jesus. Help me always point my child to You. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Discussion: Parents (or Aunts, Sisters) – What are some ways you point your children to God?

Memory Verse: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT).

Chelsey

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  1. Isabelle

    That’s great! Finding Jesus has helped me become a better parent. He humbles me. I often apologize to my kids when I mess up, where before, I wouldn’t have dreamed of showing my kids I wasn’t perfect. I hope this encourages my kids to apologize when they mess up too. To not expect perfection from others and to forgive quickly when others let them down.

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  2. bcb0

    So true, Chelsey. My children are all young adults and teens now, and I’ve learned that it’s next to impossible to be a perfect parent. I’m so thankful that God fills the gaps where I fail. I agree, witnessing our relationship with God does more for them than perfection ever could. I recognize your name from Compel. 🙂 Happy to be your linkup buddy at Crystal’s place this morning. ((grace upon grace))

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