Inspirational Thought

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 7:13 NIV

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bringing out the Best in Our Children

What a great devotional, today!

I'm so guilty of this.

I'm reminded, too, of the verse that says, "Fathers don't exasperate your children."

Are we encouraging or badgering? I know I try to be encouraging with my 13-year-old because I know he stresses easily and his heart breaks easily.

But, I also know that he's smart and knows better - which is extremely frustrating.

I was saying to someone the other day how my 13-year-old requires more care than my baby because the things my 13-year-old is capable of doing himself, he doesn't do - or at least not right away - and I end up hounding him and reminding him to get it done, which can sometimes take a whole day, or end up doing it myself. If it's one of those things I don't have time to get to (helping him tidy his room, dishes) it becomes even more frustrating because it's usually left undone.

At least with my baby there are no expectations other than him learning to walk at this moment.


I thought this morning's devotional was very appropriate to me. What a great reminder!



Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I am glad I came by. I have a challenging child too. I am not sure what her issues are yet because they have not been diagnosed. I have a friend who has a child with asbergers and it sounds so much like my child. Anyway, lifting a prayer for you. I know it is difficult but God is shaping them into something special and us along the way.

Also, I saw the Thomas Nelson reviewing on your blog so I signed up myself! :)

DOakley said...

Thanks, Angela.

Yes, he is challenging, but I wonder if he's any more challenging than any other teenage boy.

How many other mothers struggle to remind non-aspegers boys to clean up their room and to take a shower everyday and to brush their teeth....

I like reviewing for Thomas Nelson. It's fun to get dibs on new books coming out.