Read: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 (NIV)
Reflect: One of the most challenging responsibilities I have had in life has been parenting. I have always had a deep love for children, and as a young adult I once dreamt of being a pediatrician. I still love children, but I’ve found that the parenthood journey has not come as naturally to me as I’d hoped or expected. Especially when it comes to discipline! Being raised in an abusive household where the best solution to avoid being a victim was to submit to my father and “stay under the radar,” I have found it difficult at times to draw the balance between being firm and being too lenient.
Recently, when my daughter had an epic-sized meltdown, I tried to calmly soothe her and validate her feelings. My husband’s approach was stern and consistent. He later pointed out that my daughter reached a level of disrespect in her tantrum that I perhaps had not noticed. He was right, I did not notice because I was too focused on meeting her emotional needs and completely forgot about the need for consistent discipline. This episode forced me to take a moment for self-reflection and also made me realize that I need to continue to ask God for wisdom through this parenting journey. I can seek knowledge from family, experienced friends, parenting books and blogs, but ultimately, I need to place God and his guidance at the forefront as I grow as a parent.
React:Is there an area of your life where you do not consistently seek wisdom from God? Can you spend some time today reflecting upon that and how you can allow God to guide you through it?
Pray: Lord, help us to look to you for wisdom in all aspects of our lives and know that you will always give generously.