As parents, it hurts to see our kids, grandkids, or spiritual children go through difficulties, doesn’t it? And if you’re like me, you’d like to fix all their problems. Kiss it and make it better like when they were small.
And when life hits with really tough trials like unemployment, poor health, marital problems, or divorce, it all really weighs me down. Everything starts seeming negative and hopeless. Even after praying and praying. And I long to snap my fingers, find the right answers, and fix it all.
I try to be the Fix-it Mom.
Until the Lord reminds me that it’s not my place to fix it – but his.
So forgive me, Lord, for wanting to be the Fix-it Mom…
1. Forgive me for wanting to keep my kids and grandkids from going through hard times.
Help me remember that you use hardship to build their faith and trust in you.
2. Forgive me for wanting to provide all their needs.
Help me see that you use times of need to teach gratitude, contentment, and patience.
3. Forgive for wanting to bail them out when they’re in trouble.
Help me realize that you want to teach them important lessons like diligence, responsibility, or living within their means.
4. Forgive me for wanting to fix all their problems.
Help me keep in mind that you use trials and troubles to mold them and make them more like Christ.
And forgive me for not trusting you enough with my loved ones. Help me to trust them to you more than capable care.
We are not called to be fix-it parents.
Sure, it’s good to help our loved ones in times of trial and difficulty. But we’ve also got to learn to leave them in God’s hands. He is still on his throne and working on their behalf. So why do we worry and fret?
We are not called to be fix-it parents, but to entrust our loved ones to God’s everlasting care.Tweet