Whew, it’s been an intense a week! I’m asking God for a lot of wisdom, understanding, and grace today. Have you ever asked for those things as a parent? Some of our lists may in fact be longer. We all know that we could ask God for a ton more over a twenty-four hour day, right? Maybe we’re asking for more sleep, more quiet, more peace, more chocolate in the house, more coffee, more help, more breaks, more personal space, or more answers to the dilemmas that stump us. Yes, I would say that a list like the one I just mentioned–might be a sampling of what I’ve needed as a mom over the years.
I’ve been questioning for months why my six-year old is relentless at finding ways to consume sugar both day and night. I’m left wondering why our five-year-old sons’ bedroom can explode in twenty seconds or less–just so he can repeat the clean up process he just finished just moments before. I’ve even been riding an emotional rollercoaster with three blossoming teens; our son has one foot out the door and our eleven-year-old daughter is nipping at their heels to join in on the party. Lord, please help me–I’m not sure if I have the time, skill, or endurance to color over more gray hair!
As a mom, I do have choices. I could steal away a few moments in the rush of my day by sipping steamy coffee and gathering advice online while our kids play in the basement. I could gather a few parenting tidbits from a friend. I may even be able retreat by going on a date with my husband to discuss the matters at hand. Or, I might choose denial and bury my head under my pillow to take a nap, go shopping, or eat a bowl of melting frozen yogurt. While those ideas may seem like great–or not so great options–I believe that the best choice that I’ve come up with is to seek God for His answers. I’ve got to, because I don’t have the answers. I’m ok with that, well, most days I think I am. The unknown is now tolerable because I’ve come to trust the One who gave us our unique children in the first place.
In the stillness, in the humbleness, in the surrender–I find God–waiting for me to stop spinning my wheels and problem solve. Because I have a personal relationship with Him–I find that He answers faithfully. If you haven’t asked God for answers in awhile–today is a great day to join me in seeking him.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7 & 8 NIV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV