It has been well over a year and a half since I last posted, and for that I apologize. And so what have I been doing for all this time? Well, I’ve been getting a makeover…and it’s still going on. The past year and some change has not been me getting extensive cosmetic surgery or sitting in some spa somewhere getting all sorts of pampering. This makeover that has been taking up so much of my time is one that can’t be scheduled, bought, or manufactured: a character makeover.
At the time of this post, my daughter is nearly three years old, but it was around the time she turned one that the reality of parenthood hit us, me in particular. I realized (as I’m sure many first-time parents do) that I had no clue of what I was doing. Not that we had the first year of her life all figured out either, but suddenly everything became more challenging right after she turned one. And although there are some general similarities between toddlers, every child is different–just as every adult is different. Thus, getting general advice for general situations may be helpful, but getting pieces of advice from here and there in the ever-changing encountered situations may not be a perfect fit .
I realized that while I was grateful (for the most part) for people sharing their tips, there was a far better source for advice out there. The best counsel and advice is godly counsel and advice, and whom better to get such info from than from God Himself.
I’d like to share with you just a few of the Bible verses that really have been keeping me afloat, scriptural gems that have really aided in my makeover experience. To start, I’ll share a couple which were–and are–great for me when seeking direction.
Which Way to Go?
As previously mentioned, I had no idea what I was doing with the whole parenting thing. I remember getting to a point where I was asking God to show me which way to go. Praying that sparked my memory of Psalm 25:4,5, where David is asking God for His direction:
4 Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
It is so easy to want to follow our own (or others’) paths, but God truly does know what’s best; we just have to trust Him. That brings me to a second verse that I still rely heavily on, Proverbs 3:5,6. Here, we are instructed to trust completely in the Lord with all of our heart, and to not follow our own understanding. We’re further instructed to acknowledge God in everything we do so that He can direct us in which way to go.
Part of my character makeover was coming to the realization that I need to fully and constantly surrender to and depend upon God to give me the guidance and direction that I need in my daily parenting struggles. The parenthood road may not be an easy one, but God has promised to direct our paths as long as we ask Him to show us which way to go and then trust in Him to lead us.