Have you ever dreaded walking into your child’s bedroom? I have, and this week I will risk nausea and dizziness to steam clean our sons bedroom carpeting. Without warning, it has begun to smell like the bottom of a dirty animal cage. The odor is so thick and awful, that I confess, I’d rather pin myself in the doorway to say goodnight than take a brave step inside to tuck them into bed. I’m glad to say that I’ve identified the stench source to the hamper, the garbage can, or our sons’ bed.
Another clue surfaced last night while rushing the tucking in process. Our five-year-old claimed that his brother peed on his comforter during rest time. Yes, the wet spots were on the covers, yes, his brother wore a look of guilt after his sister questioned him, and yes, our youngest son was adamant about his claim–it was all his brothers and the dogs fault. Ugh, sometimes, it’s so hard to parent and discern the truth from the lies. I watch their eyes, I watch their expressions, and I even ask questions in many ways–praying every step of the way for wisdom on what the truth actually is. It saddens my heart when our children blame and accuse each other. All I’m really looking for is transparent honesty. As a mom, I’m looking for humbleness and sometimes–I receive the complete opposite. The questioning can take longer than I’d like and my sole hope is that the truth be told, responsibility be taken, and peace with one another be restored.
I don’t know if I ever really uncovered what happened last week, but I do know that when I hear little boy giggles–a cringe of nervousness travels up my neck. So, what can we take away from my little dilemma today? Well, if we happen to see another frazzled mom or one with dark circles under her eyes–let’s make sure to take a few seconds to pray for her. She needs God’s grace–even though she may not know how to ask for it. That mama needs more sleep, a little mom time, and enough encouragement to balance out the stress. She also needs reminding that her endurance and child training each day–matters on earth and matters eternally.
To all my fellow mom friends out there in cyberspace–I understand your needs more than you know. Whether you have infants, toddlers, preteens, teenagers, or even adult married children–I can relate to the kind of grace you may need. I pray God will shower you with it! I also pray that you’ll remain engaged, keep your eyes on the prize, and be a faithful mama–your Father loves you and He will supply all you need today and always…
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts in your minds in Christ Jesus.”