I’m a far cry away from having the answers to much. And I’m most certainly a far cry away from having the answers to much about parenting. Heck, I’m not even 4 years into this gig. And let’s not fool ourselves, experience doesn’t necessarily equal wisdom anyway.
But I wasn’t designed to know all of the answers. And I’m okay with that. Because I hold firm to a promise that my good Lord made me: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5, ESV)
Phew! Does anyone else read that and feel the semi truck being lifted off of their shoulders? God gives us complete permission to ask Him for wisdom, and without even an eye roll, He gives wisdom generously.
Parenting is one of those life journeys that kicks my tail more than it builds me up. And I’ve never found comfort that in today’s culture – Christian and secular alike – we are offered a million and one resources and books about being the perfect parent.
At the end of the day, there’s only one book that delivers absolute Truth, and it’s the only one not authored by a sin-filled man. And it’s the only one that speaks to my heart in a way that keeps my blood flowing and my heart beating.
I don’t have all the answers. But thanks be to God that I know someone who does. He lives in me, and when I call on Him for wisdom – which is more often than my prideful got-it-all-together flesh would like to admit – He is there with discernment or a prompting or a nudge.
It is the absolute best piece of advice that I can give any parent – from the one who has yet to meet their unborn baby to the one whose children are now producing children.
Read your Bible. All the time.
No, it won’t tell you how many hours between feedings or whether or not to homeschool. And don’t expect to find a hidden formula for your teenage daughter’s curfew.
But I am confident that His living and breathing Word will guide you as you wander through the wilderness of your greatest and most challenging blessing – the gift of parenthood. Turn to Him for wisdom; He promises to give generously when you do.
Resources we on the Vista Parenting Team like if you are just getting started with applying the Bible to life or parenting situations: