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Friday, August 15, 2008

Parenting Lesson #572

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience. ~ Mother Teresa

While I don't know that Mother Teresa was speaking of the "high vocation" of being a mother, today this quote was exactly what my soul needed to hear.

After battling H for nearly three hours, he finally fell asleep for his nap.

During those three hours, my frustrations were high. My patience was short. And quite frankly, I just wanted to scream.

Yet somehow, he'll awake with the same loving smile and sparkly eyes ready to take on the world once again. Isn't it amazing how much more Christ-like children are than adults? They awake each morning (and each nap) with a fresh start and a new outlook on life. There are no grudges or overdue frustrations. No pent up old feelings.

The page is again blank. The mercies are new. And their grace is unabashedly unconditional.

Days like today are always going to happen. Actually I'm sure there will be worse. But may I be reminded of this important job I have and pray for patience, wisdom and grace when I need them the most.

5 Comments:

Blogger Melissa said...

How very well said. "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." (Prov. 31:29)

August 15, 2008 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Laundry & Children said...

This post was great and exactly what I needed to hear.

August 17, 2008 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

I totally agree! And I always say to Jacob, "Now I understand how God's mercy can be new every morning!" After a long day with Laney, I look at her sleep, and the day washes away! And I am ALWAYS praying for an extra cup of patience and mercy!

August 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

I totally agree! And I always say to Jacob, "Now I understand how God's mercy can be new every morning!" After a long day with Laney, I look at her sleep, and the day washes away! And I am ALWAYS praying for an extra cup of patience and mercy!

August 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Ann-Marie said...

This post hints at my biggest fear should I, some day, become a mother: that I will not have enough patience with my child/ren. I can only hope and pray that I will, and that I can leave the frustrations of each day (hour?) behind me.

August 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM  

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