The spiritual side of parenting a toddler

The spiritual side of parenting a toddler

I really feel like we are in a super sweet spot with Remington.  She’s got SUCH a fun personality, wants to learn, wants to listen (sometimes), and is just generally easy.

(And please spare me the “this will change soon” speech.  I know we go through phases and know that she may not always be easy.  Let me enjoy it while it lasts.)

But one thing I’ve learned in our 1.5 years into this is that I’m understanding SO MUCH about God through being her momma.

I’m learning how much God loves us.  Through several things.  First, how incredibly much I love her- knowing that God loves us infinitely more is unreal. Second, knowing that God gave HIS SON for us (Jesus) while understanding how much I love Remi and how I wouldn’t give her up for anything- He loves us a lot, y’all.

I’m also learning grace and patience. I’m learning by depending on God when the days and moments aren’t as easy, and being led to be gentle and graceful to Remington during trying times. God is THAT  MUCH MORE grace-giving and gentle to us.

I can also VERY CLEARLY see humanity and sinfulness through Remi.  Yes, she’s precious and innocent, but she has a sin nature.  She clearly defies me, disobeys me, and can even be conniving (faking a boo-boo when she wants down from dinner, already!).  We are sinners by nature at birth and WE NEED JESUS.

I’m also learning that so many times God protects me from things- and that I’m not always thankful or even realize it.  I work hard to protect Remi from things, some she knows, some she doesn’t. Sometimes it makes her mad (when she can’t play with the electric plugs, for example) but I have to do it because I love her and care for her.  God does the same for us. He sees more than we can see, and He understands more than we could ever comprehend. So we have to remember that when we don’t understand.

Parents, what does God teach you through parenting? I’d love to hear!


Comments

  1. Tricia Shankles :

    This is great! I love reading your post and watching Remi grow!

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