Wow! Isn’t it amazing how many philosophies and methods are out there and offered to you when it comes to raising your children?
From the very moment the child is born – demand feeding or a schedule, swaddling or not, whether or not to circumcise your boy, should you call her a princess? – there are so many decisions to be made.
I remember sitting in the chair, my newborn is crying, and my mom, my sister, Tyler’s mom, anybody and everybody who is there is asking me – what should we do with him!?!?! It’s frantic – a newborn cry turns everyone’s ear in sympathy and action. I would just sit there and listen to him, thinking, Praise God he is crying. His lungs are clear and strong. His body works. He is growing. And I would listen to learn. I wanted to learn his cries – to know whether he was hungry, cold, scared, needed a diaper change. I wanted to respond rightly, lovingly, well.
Tyler and I did soon learn his cries, and so much more. The most important thing we have learned is this – to ask the Lord. Do you know that Scripture invites us to ask the Lord for wisdom, and that when we do, the Lord promises to give generously His wisdom to us?
This is my comfort as I plunge into parenting.
James 1:5 reads
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
So let’s boldly approach His throne of grace and ask in our times of need. Parenting is a time of need. And let’s ask Him for wisdom – for He is the one who fearfully and wonderfully made our little ones – and let’s just watch as He abundantly bestows upon us the gift of His wisdom, more than we could ever ask or imagine or think.
Bless the name of the Lord with me, friend, and let’s raise our children in the love and grace and goodness and truth of the LORD.