Today I am struggling with being a good parent. I certainly don't feel like a good parent. There isn't any obvious proof that I am a good parent. Now, I'm not looking for an award for "World's Best Mom" or anything. Just a little respect, some obedience. I would completely feel like the best mom in the world if just one of my children was showing their full potential. Excelling at something, anything. Rather than being called at home by teachers, pulled aside at pick-up and completely embarassed by their behaviors. Don't get me wrong, there are moments like this. In the past. How long ago was it? I can't remember.
Help me, Lord, to cherish the times when my children make me proud of them. Help me tuck them away for these times when they frustrate me, embarass me, ignore me and disrespect me. Help me to keep my patience during these times and always let them know that I love them. No matter what. Just as You love me. No matter what. Lord, help me to dwell on the wonderful times and not the negative. Help me to raise responsible, respectful, productive members of society, who have a heart for You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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