Parenting is something you will never really have figured out. The secret is to keep aiming.
Children born to a young man (or woman!!) are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates. Psalm 127:4-5
According to this passage, having kids is supposed to be a blessing, and many times it is. But there are also times when moms and dads can feel overwhelmed with their job, and you may ever wonder if you will get this parenting thing figured out.
My kids are 22, 25, and 28…I should have my parenting job well managed, shouldn’t I? But the honest truth is that parenting young adults provides a whole new set of challenges that mostly have to do with letting go of my parenting responsibilities!
No matter the age of your kids, parenting is a challenge. I love how Author Mark Batterson explains the reason why parenting is so hard:
The truth is, we’ll never figure it out, because children are moving targets. Just when you think you have them pegged, they become toddlers or teenagers or twenty-somethings, and you’re right back at square one. All you can do is learn a few lessons along the way and enjoy the journey. (And do a lot of praying!)
Yes, according to Scripture, kids are “arrows in our quiver”, but handling those arrows is like shooting at a moving target. Kids are always changing and growing on us.
Every week I share parenting wisdom with you, stuff I’ve learned over the years. It’s not because I’ve got this thing all figured out, believe me I’m still learning too!
It’s because in every season, I learn something new…about parenting, about kids, and about myself.
So if you’re discouraged because you think you will never have it all figured out, you’re probably right!
The secret to enjoying the arrows in your quiver is to savor the journey, grasp the lessons, love our kids, and stop beating ourselves us over our imperfections.
Meanwhile, enjoy your target practice!
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