Parenting is tough, plain and simple. It’s easy for us to fondly reminisce about our kids growing up — how small they used to be and how cute they were—but it’s much harder to remember what a blessing they are on a random Tuesday evening when they’re screaming in the corner, or when we’re changing what seems like the thousandth diaper for the day!
But, through the parental stress, these three verses can help us see clearly and have fresh perspective through these crazy times:
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NLT
Always Be Joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
Don’t despair in those tough moments. Remember that being a parent is a noble and worthy calling, a privilege that God has given us, and one that we will see the fruits of someday, even if it doesn’t feel like it today. Embrace the fact that God gave us this honor.
Never Stop Praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
There is nothing our kids need more than the presence of Christ in their lives. Therefore, the most important thing we can do as parents is to bathe our children in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to be persistent in prayer throughout the day — even when it feels like everything is spinning around us.
Be Thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Being thankful for our kids is easy some days and much harder on others. But on those hard days, remember that you are not alone. When you feel like you’re running on empty, that’s one of the best times to come to God in prayer. Ask Him to renew your joy, and thank Him for your children. He can and will give you the strength, joy, and gratitude you need. And if we learn to lean on God in the tough days of parenting, we can’t help but be thankful for our kids!