Parenting is Messy

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Yes, parenting is messy. There is no perfect parent just like there is no perfect child.

There are times when we lose our temper, times when we don’t follow through, and times when we are simply just too busy to plug-in like we want to.

I am not perfect, and neither are you.

Children make messes that’s what they are good at. They make mistakes and we are there to help them pick up the pieces.

My daughter was born with Trisomy 21 also known as Down syndrome. When I found out she would be born with this genetic disorder this thought went through my mind….

” This is not the PERFECT child I was supposed to have.”

Then came all of the appointments, all of the health problems I didn’t have the answer too, and all of the surgeries that I was not prepared for. Taking care of her was messy.

That’s when I realized…… I can’t do this on my own. I don’t have all the answers on how to parent let alone how to parent a child with special needs. The good news is that God did have all the answers.

I had to learn to sacrifice my daughter really quickly to the Lord. I had to put her on His altar of Grace and say… “Here God she is yours first not mine. You know her better than I could ever begin to know her.”

This is something I am still learning how to do every day. As parents we must learn and accept that we do not have all the answers to every problem that our children have or go through and that’s O.K.

Because we have God.

If you are having problems parenting, or your child is having a problem that you cannot seem to figure out turn to God.

Who ever came up with the phrase “There is no manual on how to raise children” must have never heard of a Bible.

God has given us a manual on how to raise His children. Through prayer and reading our Bibles we can start to clean up all of our little messes.

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About ChristineWelker

Christine Welker is the Children's Pastor at Lake Stevens Assembly of God in Lake Stevens Washington. Together with her husband, she ministers to children and their parents. They have three daughters and believe in the spiritual health of the whole family in addition to fostering the spiritual growth of children.
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