Somedays, everything works. The kids wake up with a smile, eager for school. They do everything you ask without complaining, they are courteous to their siblings, and you feel pretty good about the job you are doing as a parent.
But other times, it seems to be the opposite. You feel like an underdog suiting up for battle, grossly underequipped and underprepared for your opponent. You hear yourself giving the same instruction to your kid for the 47th time, you trip over their belongings around the house, and are forced to discipline when you are too tired to do so. And, you really just need a nap.
Children are a blessing, but there’s no doubt that they can try your patience and sanity. Just recently, I found myself in the middle of a war with my 8-year-old about a lie she told. It was a pretty big deal, and I was at wit’s end. What are we doing wrong? Why is our daughter doing these things she knows in her heart are wrong? Are we handling it all wrong?
Parenting can make you crazy. While kids don’t come with an instruction manual, you do have somewhere to turn for help—the Bible. God longs to comfort us, give us wisdom, and build us up as parents. When those hard days fall on you as a parent, here are a few verses to bookmark for hope.
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