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Parenting With Merciful Consistency

Hebrews 4:16 Scripture Verse
I’m happy to be linking up to Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays.  She gives us a word,
we write for 5 minutes.  That is it.  Pure unedited love of the written word.

  1. 1.
    compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom
    it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

Parenting teens and preteens.  This is what is on my mind.
Oh to get it right.  Oh to do right by them.
To be the Mom that they look to, rise up and call blessed.

Lord you know the desires of my heart,
to reflect your Love so that they might know you.

Buttons get pushed and triggers set off
My own stuff– much dealt with & removed by Your Mercy
Yet comes creeping back.  The enemy does this you know.  He creeps in.
His whispers “your failing…control them…you will never get it right…they will never get it right”
He strikes with fear & shame, convincing that I cannot trust, that I am in charge, that I am going to fail.

But Mercy.

This word.  It lacks judgement.  It lacks sighs and eye rolls.  It is kind.
 It requires courage and a soft heart. Tolerance. Forbearance. A quiet, firm and steady trust.
An acknowledgement of who really is in control.  It is You, Lord, not I.  They are Yours.

How to be a consistent parent, yet show mercy?  Merciful consistency.
High standards, expecting much, yet merciful.
Fighting tooth and nail this entitlement culture my girls are going up in, yet with mercy.

I need wisdom.

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  • Kathy
    September 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oh, Amy. You are not alone. Parenting the teen years can be very sanctifying. Love them and keep praying. God will get you through it all day by day. You will even enjoy these years. 🙂

    September 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    So true! I’ve raised two teens and am raising two more. My cup must always be full of mercy when it comes to parenting. And grace, so much grace! Blessings!

  • Chandra
    September 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Visiting from Five Minute Friday. I needed this as a mom to two young boys; 4 & 8. I absolutely loved your definition of mercy toward the bottom – it lacks judgement, it is kind, etc. That whole paragraph took me to a new level of understanding His mercy. Thank you!

  • Plays with Purpose
    September 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Yes! Merciful Parenting! Love this Amy – a reflection of your beautiful personality, even in parenting. God is rich in mercy!
    Hugs to you momma,

  • michaelaevanow.com
    September 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    beautiful blog. thanks for writing, and being a creative soul! visiting from 5 min Friday today!

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