I’ve reached my limit. The rounds of errands, meals, messes, and homework never end. My kids bicker and whine, spill and stain, argue and fuss. I feel invisible as I push my needs aside for theirs. Fatigue and frustration are stealing my joy…I’m not the cheerful, positive parent I’m longing to be.
Fill me with patience by your Spirit. Give me compassion for my children—they’re immature and have so far to grow. Restore my gratitude, since kids are a reward and blessing from your hand. (Psalm 127:3-5) Let me hold tenacious love as a parent that offers kindness all the time. May your strength overcome my weakness, your grace wash away my anger, and your presence give me peace.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14)