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The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. – Psalms 145:18-19 NIV
The Lord can hear when a toddler falls down and cries. He sends extra angels to protect our little ones from harm. There is nobody too small for Him to care about. He loves all of us.
When we call upon the Lord, He answers. He doesn’t always give us the answer that we were expecting, but He gives us the best answer.
Fear of the Lord starts with love. Because we love Him, we obey His laws. Not because we have to, but because we want to. We love Him, and we nurture that relationship by reading His Word and following it. When our desires align with Him, we are blessed.
The Lord is a God of truth. He never deceives us. He always leads us in the everlasting way. Amen.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2 NIV
It is easy to lose our patience, especially with a toddler. It takes extra effort and prayer to protect our little ones. Their brains are still developing so they can’t reason the same way an adult does.
The Lord knows what we need. He knows what we want and the difference between our wants and needs. He never gives us more than we can bear.
Gentleness comes from being in a grounded and restful place. It is not so easy when an energetic toddler is running around. We have to be grateful for the opportunities we have to rest. Amen.
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.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14 KJV
None of us can predict what tomorrow will bring. We are not psychic. We only know what is in the present moment.
When we feel overwhelmed or agitated, we can remember that this life is only a small fraction of the eternity that we can inherit when we claim Jesus’s promises.
We don’t need to be worried about the everyday annoyances. For example, my little boy skipped his nap during the day and then took it at 5pm, which pushed his bedtime to well past 9pm. Plus he had a cold.
Didn’t that moment pass? God always comes to help us when we ask. Instead of dwelling on the past, we can focus on our future in Christ. Amen.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 KJV
The Holy Spirit comforts us and gives us peace.
Even though my toddler has a cold, I had enough energy to take care of him. My husband was able to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday at a pharmacy. Luckily my husband was able to get the vaccine and did not show any symptoms of the cold that my son has.
It can be tempting to let ourselves be troubled by the world around us, but if we count our blessings and do our best to stay healthy, the Lord will come to our aid.
He knows our fears and alleviates them. Amen.