Sometimes I just don't have the answers. I'm the kind of person that likes to have answers for everything. But, so often I do not. I struggle with myself and with my job as a Mom the most I think. How do I teach my children virtue? I feel like Paul so often as I say, "that which I don't want to do, I do, and that which I want to do, I don't do. Who shall save me from this body of sin? Thanks be to Jesus Christ."
Very often I'm very hard on my oldest...Yet, sometimes she behaves so badly...so impatient and bossy with her just younger sister or just older sister (my stepdaughter). It is so difficult for me. I want to teach her to be patient...and I am so impatient with her impatience!
I appreciate this post from I Live in An Antbed. She talks about figuring out what is the trait that the enemy is perverting in your child and teaching them what they are to be. Her example in her child is stubbornness and the resulting lesson is that God wants the child to be determined, but not stubborn. I need to be patient with my child and teach her, not just correct her. Oh, I pray God will enable me. He has done a work in me thus far, causing me to be more contented, more eternally oriented, more family oriented, but it always feels like there is a chasm from where I should be and where I am.
Lord, help me to be patient myself, to teach my daughter to be meek and patient and eternally oriented. She is such a blessing to me, because I know if I ask her to she will follow my directions exactly and help me. Let her be a blessing to others also, serving them as she serves You. I pray that You would teach her to serve, not only myself, but her sisters, strangers, and you Our Lord.