As I gently slowed the car while approaching the stop light God was already responding to my gritty prayer.
This year I have inadvertently committed to read through The One Year Bible – again. Some of you feel intimidated by that statement, well don’t, anything I do with consistency is a miraculous act of God. Give Him the glory.
This particular morning’s reading included Genesis, shamefully detailing the hot mess that was the family of Jacob. If you are unfamiliar I highly recommend you read from… oh let’s say Genesis, Chapters 28-35. You will definitely come away as I did, encouraged, whatever state your family is in – there is hope. 😂
In a gracious response to my prayer God reminded me of what I had just read hours earlier. Why? I needed the encouragement.
The drive to school felt more like being a soldier stationed in enemy territory than it did being a mom. Locked in the confines of my Honda Pilot I was exposed to hostel sibling infighting – it had almost brought me to tears. It wasn’t even 8 a.m.
Even though this was not an encouraging parenting moment, God in His immeasurable kindness reminded me of Jacob and his brood. And as He did I thought to myself, “at least we’re not that bad.”
And there it was.
A tiny rep to give me strength, because courage is like a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
ATTRIBUTE #2 : DON’T QUIT, Persevere when things get tough, make ‘finish what you start’ a personal mantra.
Parenting has made me stronger that any other adversity I’ve ever faced. It causes me the most pain and begs every cell in my body to scream “Uncle” – or “I give up”, “I quit”, “I can’t”, “I won’t”, “I’m throwing in the towel”. It’s my kryptonite.
On this day I needed to be encouraged that there would be better days.
Truthfully, sibling infighting is normal and I need to realize that it’s more likely than not that I will have much harder days than this one. Day’s that want to break me – days that will require more COURAGE.
So today… I #cultivatemorecourage one tiny rep at a time.
That’s our conversation starter for this week friends,
ATTRIBUTE #2 : Don’t Quit.
What in your life requires the most perseverance and how are you going to make ‘finish what you start’ a personal mantra?
Can’t wait to hear from you…and as always, be strong and courageous.
Out to lunch – will update upon return 🙂