Watching Father Work

Watching Father Work, Albert Neuhuys (1895-1968)
Watching Father Work, Albert Neuhuys (1895-1968)

I’ve been thinking about gentleness and parenting lately. With three little ones, I often find myself speaking sharply, acting quickly and without much grace, doing my best to not let anyone get away with anything. Because one moment of craziness quickly escalates into mayhem. At least, that’s my excuse. But when I stop and think about things from one of my children’s point of view, well, then I see need for improvement in myself.

So how do I go about my daily work (like the father in this painting) while showing great amounts of love, patience and grace to each of my children? This is probably something I need to pray about. Pray my heart inside out, and let the Holy Spirit turn it around.

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