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The first few days of last week were rough. Real rough. My husband was out of town for a few days, and my kids were just acting incorrigible. They fought (complete with biting and hair pulling) and I had to pull them off each other several times a day, for several days in a row. One threw horrible tantrums. It was wearing on me, to say the least.
I totally reached the end of my rope, and I wondered what, as a parent, I was doing wrong that I wasn’t getting through to my kids to cease their bad behavior. Then it dawned on me: I forgot the secret of being a super mom.
The secret is simple really, and yet very profound. It is God’s empowering strength. It is He who works in us to will and to act according to His good purpose (Phil. 2:13). I was giving myself too much credit, and taking too much responsibility for my boys.
What I’m trying to say is—ultimately, these are God’s children. They are His creation, given to my husband and I to care for, train, love and point to the Savior. That is hard work. But ultimately, the responsibility for them lies with God. I have to trust that God takes my efforts—however humble they seem at times—and uses them to produce the fruit that He desires in my son’s lives.
Super Mom gives God more credit than she gives herself. This approach provides much needed mercy. We all fail in many ways, and it is reassuring to know, that despite our failures, God—in His sovereignty—has a plan for each of our children’s lives.
"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." (1 Cor. 3:7)