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Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20 KJV
Parenting a toddler can take a lot of patience. It is normal to feel angry or frustrated when children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing so they don’t always understand what we expect them to do.
For example, my little boy refused to wear his pull-up several times. This could be an indication that he is ready for potty training, but it is still aggravating to try to force him to put back on his pull-up. I felt like I spent the better half of the day fighting with him. Toddlers have strong wills.
Instead of yelling and getting mad, we can say a prayer for patience, stop ourselves before we say something not intended or apologize if we let something slip out. This, too, shall pass. Children grow up and we as parents learn how to cope with the hurdles with God’s help. Amen.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. – Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV
We take great delight as parents when our children listen to what we teach them. Our Heavenly Father is no different because He is pleased when we listen to Him.
As every parent knows, sometimes children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing, so they don’t always understand what we are trying to say. They can try their best, and sometimes it takes more time and maturity before they understand.
Our God is patient with us and our learning. Whenever we feel frustrated, we can remember how patient He has always been with us no matter how many mistakes we make. Our Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us. He welcomes us with open arms. Amen.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
Everyone processes change in a different way. It takes a godly level of patience and compassion to deal with those who don’t treat us nicely. We can try not to take things personally and pray when we do.
Jesus asks us to forgive the way God forgave us. This can be incredibly challenging. Instead of rehashing what went wrong and retelling it, what Jesus calls us to do instead is to love other people. It is not easy, but love can overshadow any challenging situation.
We can be grateful for the abundant blessings that our Heavenly Father has provided us. He is a wonderful provider and gives us more than we ask or think!
We can not let one person spoil the blessings that God has given us. Instead of focusing on their attitude, we can turn our eyes upon Jesus and thank Him for His incredible gifts. He gives us a place to live, a beautiful family, and work with purpose.
The moment we find ourselves complaining, we can pray and ask God to redirect our thoughts for His purpose for us. He always responds. He is the best counselor we could have. Amen.
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – Psalm 105:4 NIV
Especially when our strength fails us, we can look to the Lord and find encouragement.
I sometimes wonder what I did to bring upon myself “Long COVID” fatigue and brain fog, which I still suffer from, almost five months after the original date that I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020. Was God testing me?
The one thing I know from having spent far too many days bedridden is that suffering can be humbling.
When we are down, we appreciate even more the good days that God gives us. He teaches us lessons and patience through our periods of illness. He reminds us that we should not take anything for granted. Every moment we have is a gift from God. Amen.