Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 11 Peace

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee."~Isaiah 26:3 (ASV)

Thoughts from Laura Lee Groves via Brooke

What can you do to help yourself?First, find someone to confide in--someone who’s walking your same path, or someone who has walked it before. My biggest support when my boys were small were two boy moms whose sons were a few years ahead of mine. Find someone you can be honest with about the trials of mothering. 

If at all possible, step away from the demands--for an hour, for an evening, even for just fifteen minutes. Letsomeone else hold the baby or chase the toddler for just a bit, and don’t feel guilty. If your son is school age, find a project or lesson that Dad or big brother or someone else can step into in your place, and take a break. Or just step back and give your son a little more responsibility--see if he can handle it. We too often see ourselves as indispensable when our sons can do some things on their own. 

You can help yourself by shifting your perspective as he grows. We have to accept that they’re growing and changing, and if we resist that, it just makes everything more difficult. As he grows, do whatever you can to stayclose to him. When he hits those middle and teen years, keep him talking. Do the one thing you know he enjoys doing, even if it’s not your favorite. Build a bridge, strengthen the connection between the two of you. Stay close but don’t smother, and love unconditionally. You’re poured a lot into your son. The proof of the pudding comes as he spreads his own wings and tries them. Sometimes he has to take a hit before he realizes it’s “real world time.” Don’t save him every time, or he’ll never be the man he was created to be.

And last--but most importantly--pray for him and for your relationship. Pray for the faith to let go, for confidence in your and his abilities. The One who made you and loves you is waiting to give help and comfort and peace all along the way. No, He doesn’t take away the pain and the frustration, but He gives us a way to deal with it. When we begin to think about ourselves and our children in His scheme of things, we begin to think big. We see ourselves and our children in His plan and our “today” perspective changes. What’s important for me to remember? Motherhood has many demands, but I can’t do everything. In fact, I don’t need to. There’s One who knowsbetter than I do and He’s waiting to catch me and my son when we stumble. He gives me grace to do all I can each day … then His grace provides for all I didn’t get to, as well. It’s hard to believe anyone loves my son more than I do. But He does.Knowing that, I can “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” (Psalm 105:3,4)And I can help myself to peace--from above.

May_our sons_be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage others. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with him (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Lord, thank you so much for the peace that you give because it is whole and everlasting. I pray that our prayer group will always take hold of the peace that you offer from above. May our sons be raised in atmosphere of peace and know that we can only find peace in your presence daily. Give us the strength to endure through this challenge and to teach our sons everyday your ways.

Gracefully Daisy