People tell me my children are good. But those are the people sitting in front of us at church. I know how many times they have gotten up or acted up.
I know how little good it will do in the long run if they are “sitting down on the outside but standing up on the inside.”
As a fellow mommy of little people shared with me:
I think as they get older, it moves from training spankings into heart training and that is where it gets tricky. Heart work is so much harder than just spanking and takes so much more time. And it takes some serious re-organizing of a day.
They have—and are acquiring—the head knowledge. But it’s obviously not stuck permanently in their hearts yet. Because it’s not always coming out.
Which is not a problem exclusive to two-and-a-half-year-olds, is it?
I know in my head how I should be training them. But it doesn’t always come out in my actions and tone of voice.
I think it all boils down to what a mom of six, many years ahead of me on the journey of motherhood, told me:
I wish I had relied on the Lord
instead of just
out of desperation.
And that, that is the daily, hourly, moment-by-moment struggle.
Lord Jesus, I don’t just need Thee every hour—I need Thee every second…