I’d like to think that I’m a good parent. I try to meet my kids physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. I try to create an environment where they are safe and they feel safe. I’d like to think that I stay calm and remain in control of my emotional state. I’d like to think that I parent with the relationship we have in mind, that I connect before I correct, that I parent in ways that bring hope and healing into their lives.
The truth, however, is that I fail daily in my parenting. There are days that I miss the mark by a mile. I don’t always think to connect first and then correct. I don’t always do a good job regulating my emotional state. I don’t always remember that behaviors are driven by needs and that I need to address those underlying needs. I may like to think that I am a good parent, but the reality most days is that I am not good enough.
When the Lord looks at me he sees past my mess and sees me for who I am, a person who needs grace and forgiveness. He reminds me that his grace is all I need and that his power is works best in my weakness. That is really good news because I try to parent in my own power when I need to parent from a place of grace. I need to accept that I am weak and that I am nothing without him. I need to accept that he can use my weakness in powerful ways and that he can bring hope and healing to my kids through me and in spite of me.
Lord, I know that I make mistakes and that my actions can hurt my children. I also know that your grace is all that I need. I know that your power works best in my weakness. I want to claim that today Jesus and live it for all of my days.
In Jesus name, Amen
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness..” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)