The Hardest Times are the Best Times for Teaching

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation. (Psalm 42:5)

On your hardest days do you sometimes lose it with your family? Of course, we’re human. More importantly, during that time are you doing things that compromise your integrity as parents, compromise your relationship with your precious angels, embarrass yourself in front of The Lord? It’s easy to pretend no one is watching when we behave less than desirably, but He is always watching and so are the children.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

A mom I know had “one of those days” when everything was difficult and going “wrong”. She said, “I told my eldest child who was carefully observing my simmering emotions, ‘Some days are going to be like this, where you feel like everything is going wrong, but I want you to watch me CHOOSE to have a good attitude right now.'”

…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2-5)

THAT is so awesome! From now on I’m going to put myself in the spotlight when I’m feeling like a volcano about to erupt. I’m going to turn a hard time into a teachable moment for my family. That’s so much better than the alternative, which of course is to explode and act less than desirable and then feel like a failure later.

Have a wonderful day sweet families.

This post was taken from the Families! Change the World blog, written by Lisa LaFortune.