There are days that are just plain exhausting and I find myself counting the minutes until I can put the little ones to bed. Staring at the clock, willing it to change hands… I brush the sweat from my brow and the tears from my eyes as I reflect on the moments my precious little ones tested my patience today.
Did I handle them in the best way?
Was I too hard on them?
Am I setting a good example?
These are just some of the many questions I ask myself as I think about having to constantly get on my almost three year old who just can’t seem to understand that kicking her brother hurts him! Or my little boy who is at the age (15mo) where he is just starting to learn the meaning of “no”, but is sure getting a crash course as he opens drawers, climbs on furniture and bites his sister!
Yes, I often feel like I’m falling short in the patience department and I wonder – Do other moms feel this way too? Do other moms struggle as I do to keep calm? Or do most moms possess the ability to joyfully guide their children as they fight kicking and screaming (and whining, and crying…)??
Sometimes I just don’t know what to do… so I watch the clock as it “tick-tick-tick’s” closer and closer to the time I can tuck them into bed and sit down to rest and regroup and ask God to refresh my weary soul and give me the strength I need to face tomorrow… a prayer He is always faithful to answer.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
What about you? Can you relate to the feelings and questions in this post? Look forward to your comments! Blessings!