Sometimes I wonder if all the things I tell my children are making it into their heads at all.
I have to remind myself that we should not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
Still, that’s on faith, since I haven’t yet gotten to the “reap” part of parenting. I see glimmers of success, but my children are still unregenerate pagans.
Yesterday, I got another glimmer that my children are learning. Laurel was wiggling in church and Bethel leaned over and said Laurel, be still. And then Bethel primly put her hands in her lap. Bethel! Maybe there’s hope for them all.
I’ve still got recurring challenges:
- Laurel (18 months) is developing an ability to express anger.
- She still needs work learning to obey.
- Bethel (3 and a half) is still learning to obey, too.
- She’s also learning to be kind.
- David (nearly 5) does a pretty good job at obeying, but sometimes he wants to explain why obeying isn’t a good idea at that very moment.
- David is also learning to be kind. He’s quite unselfish as long as it doesn’t inconvenience himself, but unconditional and sacrificial love isn’t something he’s learned yet.
- All three need to accept Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour. I am looking forward to when I see the fruit of the spirit in their lives. Until then, I need to be faithfully teaching them foundational truths for salvation.
I have a lot of challenges! I need the wisdom that comes from God, from His Word. I need to be diligent. Once again, I’ve talked myself into pulling open my Bible.