Prayer Devotional: Day 358

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 NKJV

“Work” to me is defined as tasks, paid and unpaid, that I need to do.

In many ways, being a mom is the hardest job I have.

One of my son’s daycare teachers told me on Friday that my husband and I are doing a good job with our son.

I told her, “Some days if doesn’t feel like that.”

Toddlers have a wide range of emotions, and as they are learning to regulate their emotions, we need to be patient with ourselves and them and exercise compassion. At one moment, my four-year-old toddler is happy, and at the next he is crying and angry.

It may be tempting to just tell him to knock it off, but is that really fair? Our work, even if it includes being a parent, is for the Lord. Anger is a human emotion, and we can be worthy of self compassion, so we can remember that we can pause and remember it is not always helpful to judge our emotions as good or bad. Emotions are a natural part of being human.

Jesus experienced emotions too, and modeled good behavior for us.

Regulating emotions is hard work, but like building a structure with blocks, pieces come together and fall apart based on how we handle them. Emotional well-being is a process, and we are never really done building, but we can try to make sure what we build is edifying for others, instead of something that breaks them down. Amen.

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