Welcome to this online journey of the book Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses. Each day for the next 31 days, I will be sharing my thoughts about each chapter of this book. I look forward to hearing your responses as well, so that we may grow closer to Christ and be the moms he has designed us to be.
How many times a day do you feel like you are getting on to your children because they disobeyed you? Too numerous to count, I’m sure.
As I read Chapter 1 of Triggers, I thought about my own disobedience toward God and how I don’t always do what I’m told to do the first time I’m told to do it. And how does He respond? God is a god of patience, mercy, and grace. He is my ultimate example. I should be mom of patience, mercy, and grace.
When my children disobey, I need to consider why. Are my expectations unrealistic? Are my children unable to move from one task to another in a timely manner? Do they completely understand what it is I am asking them to do?
More often than not, I react to my children’s disobedience by yelling at them:
I TOLD YOU TO……
IF YOU WOULD JUST DO WHAT I SAID THE FIRST TIME THEN…..
IF I HAVE TO TELL YOU AGAIN THEN……..
Does that list of reactions sound familiar?
If I stop to consider why my children disobeyed, I model obedience to Christ by being slow to anger.
So today, I ask you these questions:
- Are you living in obedience to God?
- What are the reasons you think your child disobeys you?
- How can you show patience and grace when your child disobeys?