Before Jim and I moved to Tennessee we bonded with a wonderful family. It didn’t take us long to realize the five children in that family were the wonderful, godly, pleasant, respectful, humble and just plain exceptional. Most of them were teenagers and they were all a joy to be around. Every time we would see one of them our faces would light up not to mention Jake’s. The one thing Jim and I always discussed each time we left their home or spent time with them was how much Jeff and HeiDee enjoyed and delighted in children.
We knew that we wanted our house to mirror what we saw in the Bieber home. Of course, we realized that most of what we say was the work of the Lord through them.
Jim and I started asking them lots of questions. How did you do this? How did you rear such wonderful, amazing, motivated, and self-sacrificing teenagers? As we got to know them better they became our “parenting mentors,” as a matter of fact we still call them or email when we have parenting questions. As a matter of fact, I think I need to dial their number right now.:-)
Throughout our many talks one of the things they consistently told us was, “If you work REALLY, REALLY, hard training, disciplining and being proactive when they are little then you can enjoy them when they are older.”
Well today I was reading Proverbs 29:17
“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.”
I was so excited when I read this verse. Here is the advice that we were receiving written in the Word. It was just confirmation once again that the young years are very hard
When the days are long and the diapers pile high remember it is all worth it and this season will be gone very soon.
Today is a day that I must remember that I WILL miss this season of “constant need.” I want so badly to be a great mom and I feel that I fail each and everyday. I am thankful for the grace of God and beginning of new days. I pray that the Lord is sowing the seeds and pulling the weeds that I plant in my children’s hearts everyday.