I’m tired. I have too much going on. I have no energy for this right now!
These are the words that are echoed in my head several times a day lately. All my children test the boundaries like all others. At any given season there’s one that manages to test my patience often and in just the right way. Lately is been my oldest daughter.
Yesterday evening, when one of the brothers came with one more complaint, I immediately did what comes natural. I put my daughter on a time out. I was so frustrated and exhausted.
As I walked away this time I felt the need to take a mental pause. I’m realizing that, although I address the behavior with a punishment, I may be missing valuable opportunities to disciple.
In my exhaustion I am not taking the time to address the condition of her heart. Sending her to bed is quick, taking the time to converse and unpack God’s word in relation to her behavior takes time.
My prayer today and in the days moving forward is for more wisdom and strength.
Lord, give me the wisdom to identify the moments I should dig deeper and go further. Give me, Lord, the strength I need to get it done.
Use my effort to help further mold my child’s heart to glorify You.