Parenting is Lonely.
Parenting can be a lonely job.
I’m the only one who hears me tell my kids to shut off the TV. I’m the only one who hears me tell them to stop touching each other. And I’m definitely the only one who is yelling my head off trying to get someone to listen to a solitary thing I say.
See I’m all alone!
Plus then my husband is looking at me like I’ve got 4 heads – as if HE always keeps his cool.
Lord, help me not kill someone today.
Clearly revealing my need for some spiritual nourishment, I headed to Scripture for verses about feeling alone. First one I saw was from Proverbs –
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. (Proverbs 18:1)
Well yes that would reflect my parenting style today but you don’t have to be so harsh sounding. Ok, ok, I lacked sound judgment today. I’ll meditate on that after the kids go to bed.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Proverbs 23:4)
Oh, yes, thank goodness His rod and staff showed up today or I might have completely lost it on the child who couldn’t seem to put a lid on the backtalk.. His guidance is really about the only thing sometimes that keeps my children safe from mama’s wrath.
“..for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.’” Hebrews 13:5,6
Ahhh yes, there it is. The Lord is my helper. Lord, help me find some semblance of sanity within my household today. Hold my tongue, enrich me with the wisdom I need to handle these frustrating moments, instill me with the humility I need to apologize when necessary.
Lord I’m clinging to you because you are all I have left.
No one else around here is listening to me and I’m convinced I need some back-up.
Be my helper.