This post is part of the Parenting a Spirited Child series.
Today I am pleased finally be continuing this series by sharing with you this guest post by Jenna from Call Her Happy. It came in at the perfect time as my own spirited little girl has kept me away from the computer a bit. I hope you will be encouraged by it!
If you’re following the Jenni’s series, you now know what constitutes a spirited child and reasons to be grateful for these qualities. But, in the heat of the moment, in the day-to-day grind, you might need a little extra encouragement to get through some of those “spirited” moments. I have found that memorizing a few Bible verses to recite in between deep breaths is just the remedy for the times when you feel like your child’s temperament is more of a burden than a blessing. Take a look at a few that I recently found…
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Be unmoved in moments of chaos. Remember that the Lord has designed each and every moment of your life to be to your benefit. This moment is making you a stronger member of the Body of Christ.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”
Maybe some moments make you want to run and hide – make you want just a moment to yourself when you can’t get one. Run to the name of the Lord and find comfort in Him. Breath His name in and out.
“They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well.”
All of the teaching, all of the discipline, all of the redirecting and encouraging is paying off. It may not seem like it right now, but the Lord does not make you toil in vain. This is all part of His plan for your family.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Remember, this is all temporary. Every beautiful moment and every difficult moment is fleeting. Think about how much your child has changed this month alone.
“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones.”
Look at moments of difficulty as moments of practice; when you work on your skills of patience and kindness, you become more and more powerful through the Lord.
Start with one that stands out to you and add more to your arsenal later. Write them on sticky notes to place around the house. Recite them out loud or as you breath deeply. Maybe you already have a verse or two that you find helpful. If so, please share in the comment section below. And remember, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. Oh look, a bonus one!
About the Author: Jenna is a stay-at-home mom to her 15-month-old daughter, Ellen. She and her husband Mike live in the Midwest and are expecting #2 in May 2013. She spends her days taking care of her little one and creating content for her blog, Call Her Happy.
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