Today we have an active parent helpline whenever we need it. 24/7 resources at our fingertips! It is an age of immediate information attainment which sounds wonderful, right?
Or is it information overkill?
Parenting theories, studies, and opinions bombard us.
Doesn’t it sometimes just feel like too much? Leaving us overwhelmed and confused?
And ultimately, blocking us from the most important parent helpline.
God is the author of motherhood. But as we desperately search for answers elsewhere, we inadvertently drown out the humble voice of God. The barrage of information often overwhelms our brains and takes our focus off of Him.[bctt tweet=”What is blocking you from hearing the information from the most important parent helpline? #parentingtips #hope #MomentsofHope #linkup” username=”lori_schumaker”]
I see slumped shoulders and lines of worry running across beautiful faces. I hear insecurity in the voices of Moms trying desperately to raise their children. Sometimes it shows up in anger, hostility, or even sadness. No matter the age of their children, the struggle is there.
We lay awake wondering if we have made the right choices, invested in the right opportunities, or researched the best information. The options run through our minds and insecurity threatens our peace.
And it stops us from being the best parent we can be.[bctt tweet=”What is stopping you from being the best parent you can be? #parenthelpline #parentingtips #MomentsofHope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
I remember preparing for Motherhood by reading all the latest and greatest theories. I was on top it … until my first was actually born!
Exhaustion was inescapable especially since my little guy was born with health issues and in need of surgery. As is common with all babies, sleep was an issue. An issue and a priority! My sweet baby boy could not calm himself nor fall asleep. It took everything I had to get him to sleep and then he would wake hourly throughout the night. I read everything and got input from everyone!
I wanted to do this mothering thing right, but nothing worked.
Not one single theory.
He was closing in on 18-months old.
I was exhausted and I felt like a failure.
Until one day I stopped the madness and saw the unique child God had given me. The one who didn’t fit into any of the textbooks I’d been reading.
You see, our God is a God of purpose. And there is purpose in the specific lives He gives us to parent.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28[bctt tweet=”Our God is a God of purpose. He purposely made you parent of your unique child. #parentinghelpline #hope #MomentsofHope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Declaring the battle over.
I was done with Ferber, Sears, and all other methodologies. Instead, I listened to the humble voice of God. It’s not a booming voice we audibly hear, but rather a sensing of sorts. It’s not just any set of words, but ones that line up with the pages of our Bibles. I often smile and say I “hear” it in that place deep behind my belly.
Then I chose to believe myself. My baby didn’t need a method. He needed touch to comfort the insecurity living in his little soul.
I went against all methods. All recommendation.
I slept on a cushion on the floor alongside his crib with my hand angled awkwardly up through the slats of his crib.
All. Night. Long.
With his tiny hand holding mine, he slept peacefully.
He woke on occasion to ensure the presence of my hand, but within a couple of weeks, he didn’t even do that anymore. So, I began weaning my presence and within a month, my very sore body slept all night long in my own glorious bed!
For so long I kept trying to make it happen the right way. I tried so hard, I missed what God had already given me – the ability to mother the unique child He gave me. I missed Him – the most important parent helpline to listen to!
It was an experience that changed me. Education is valuable, but knowing God and the child He gave me is even more valuable. And parenting takes a balance of all three.
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How might a specific issue you are dealing with right now change if you could see your child through God’s eyes?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
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- Through prayer, stay in relationship with God. Those we know best, we hear and understand best.
- Let go of what should be and focus on what is. Ask yourself, “What does this very precious and unique child need in this situation?”
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