Yep, I have two of them. I spent my entire day yesterday cleaning their rooms. I got one done and one half way done. You wouldn't believe the number of dishes I found under their beds. Or the bath towels! I have been ranting for a month about where all the towels have gone. I was so aggravated with them yesterday. And I lost my temper several times. Yelling does no good, I know this. But I wanted them to HEAR me. I wanted them to help me. After all I didn't make this mess. I found clean clothes that they were supposed to have put away stuffed under their beds and even in one of their desks. I filled 3 trash bags. It was utterly ridiculous!
By 10:30 last night, the feeling of guilt had overwhelmed me. I spent the entire day nagging my children. Don't get me wrong I think they know better, and should have been punished for not cleaning up after themselves but I handled it wrong. I could have done things differently.
Children are a blessing from the Lord.
“Lord, when I am bothered by things that my children do, help me see them as a blessed gift from your gracious hand. Give me patience and understanding. They are little curious minds with active (and hungry) bodies. They are exploring this world. Help me to guide them properly and not ruin this one and only childhood they will ever have. Help me endure lifes daily inconveniences and let them be a lesson to me and my children. I never want my babies to ever feel unwanted or feel that they are a bother. Help me control my temper, Lord. Help me to be a better teacher to them. And, Lord, please forgive me. These little beings are yours in my care. Thank you for them. I am so in love with them. They are the second best thing you have ever given me. Amen."
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward. Psalms 127:3