Today I spent entirely too much time on the minors and blew past the majors and completely needed a rain check for this day. It happens, but who likes to admit this: I was a "mean" mommy today (as quoted by my children). No one. We all like to walk around with smiles from ear to ear, while inside we know, we didn't step up to the plate of kindness that day. I let my tone go too high, too rough, too sharp, too agitated, just too well, mean. BUMMER.
It's even worse when you read the scriptures about how loving God is and you really realize how you feel short that day. Can anyone please tell me, I am not alone? Okay, but if I am that's okay, because I've since confessed my errors to me, my husband, my kiddos, to God, to sissy and to the birds outside (as if they cared). Well, I was searching for a scripture to comfort me and I realized all the more that how thankful I am to have my Heavenly Father to love me through this time.
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him
For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
When I first read this all I could think of my short comings, I thought, Oh how I failed to be tender and compassionate. I failed to remember my children are just dust, learning and growing along, just like me. Under God's standards, I missed the mark. But as loving as God is, I was impressed on my heart to look not at the mistake but God's character. Then it hit me, God loves me and I am His child. He remembers I am but dust and still works in tenderness towards me. Because He was being compassionate towards me, I needed to receive this love and affection for myself and my situation. So then compassion He has shown me; I could then inturn pour out to my children.
Moms may we make it our aim to deal as much as we can in tenderness and compassion towards our little ones. Remembering their "ages and stages", strengthens and prepares us to keep the right focus for our daily encounters.
Here is a book resource that I have come to appreciate the "Ages and Stages"
Authors Louise Bates Ames, PH.D, and Frances Ilg, MD.
They wrote a series of books for the ages of your children (1-14)
Your five-year-old Sunny and Serene