It’s a matter of perspective: Choosing to see the good in our children

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I am beginning to think that being Clarissa’s mom is going to make me more like Jesus whether I want to or not…It will definitely make me seek Him more. I love my little girl. But sometimes, she drives me nuts!

So during nap time today, as she was screaming at me from her crib because she is exhausted but does not want to go to sleep, God gave me a fresh perspective. Instead of being frustrated that she is stubborn, I need to see how God is going to use that personality trait for Him.

The fact that she doesn’t give up means that she will have perseverance. Even when life gets hard, she’s not going to give up.

If she doesn’t want to do something, she doesn’t do it. That may be frustrating for me as a mom, trying to get her to sit in her high chair. But it’s actually a good thing, because when other kids are trying to get her to do something, she isn’t going to give in to peer pressure.

By the same token, if she wants to do something, nothing is going to stop her. That’s good too because that means that she isn’t going to shrink back from the dreams that God puts in her heart.

At nine months, she cries when she doesn’t get her way. As she grows, she will cry over injustices. And fight for them.

She likes to take things apart because God made her curious.

She gets into everything and climbs over and through furniture because she is adventurous.

Clarissa is really social. She doesn’t like to go to bed because she’s afraid she’s going to miss out on something. God has already wired her for community. I think she’ll learn to lead and to serve others. She won’t be a loner. She’ll be sharing her gifts.

How has God wired your kids? What things do they do now that drive you crazy? How do you think God is going to use that as they grow?

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