"Faith does not eliminate questions.
But faith knows
where to take them."
...more than just trying to make it through the day...
Don’t be put off by comments from parents in different circumstances. A wise man once wrote, “Once I had no children but six theories about raising them. I now have six children and no theories.” We had a friend with several daughters who was blessed with a boy at the end; after a couple of years, she went to all her friends with sons and apologized. “I thought you must be poor parents, with all that noise and energy and dirt going on,” she said. “Now I know.” Often times we really don’t know the challenges our friends are facing, and we should give them the same grace we want for ourselves. Smile, thank them for their concern, and follow what the Scripture and experience tell you!
The lessons our children need to master are greater than how to make a bed, vacuum a floor, clean a toilet, or consistently feed a pet. They need to develop perseverance, stewardship of possessions, cheerful service to others, teamwork, selflessness, completing a job they start, and working with excellence as unto the Lord. †