festival_of_books-300x3931When I had my first child, I began to read everything I could about parenting.  The latest child-rearing book usually made it to my nightstand and I would scour the pages looking for the answers to my bazillion questions.

I would start some quirky feeding regimen or an odd discipline tactic and my husband would ask, “What are you reading now?”

I would show him my new book and run down the latest thing I had heard from Regis and Kathie Lee and he would just shake his head.

I knew the answers were out there somewhere…I just couldn’t find where.  After a couple of years of this searching, baby number 2 came along and I didn’t have the time anymore to search in various a sundry places. Thank goodness for baby number 2!

I just thought I was busy with baby  number 1.  My searching for answers slowed down.  Then came baby number 3.

I was thankful to make it through the day.  My Bible reading became verses taped to my cabinet doors.

I believe now the answers are found quite simply in the Bible and the hearts and minds of wise Christians around me.

  • Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.
  • Have the same attitude as Christ Jesus, who humbled himself.
  • Act justly.
  • Love mercy.
  • Walk humbly with your God.
  • Talk about these with your children.

Straight forward and simple does not mean easy.  Parenting is not easy.  It is the hardest job I have ever had, but I am not in this alone.  The creator of the universe is on my side.

It is so simple to understand, but so difficult to carry out.  It’s a good thing that I have divine intervention.  Only by the grace of God will I raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  His grace.

I am so thankful for his grace.