Hey y’all! I’m currently on vacay, but as always it’s TEAM JESUS, and today I wanted to share a little something, something with you all that’s been on my heart, and I believe it will bless you. If any of you have teenagers, then you know that teenage years are the most challenging years of parenting! I mean seriously, give me a newborn and zero nights of sleep any day, over a teenager and their attitudes and raging hormones!
I’m just kidding, all jokes aside, I love my teenagers, I have four, well one just turned twenty, so three, but it’s basically the same difference.
Anyways, God is teaching me to be more compassionate. Sometimes when one of my teenagers push my buttons and I want to ring their neck, God has taught me to change the way I look at the situation. Instead of making things worse during certain situations, thank God that things aren’t as bad as they could be. I believe it’s important to walk hand and hand even though you don’t always see eye to eye. Our children need us.
There has been many instances where my child or children have made mistakes, but I don’t dwell on their wrongdoings because guess what? I make mistakes daily and God’s grace and mercy still follows me all the days of my life! I go out of my way to be good to my children and I show them compassion daily, even if they wreck my nerves, because my love for them isn’t contingent upon their behavior. It’s the same way with God! The Word of God says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God loved us when we were His enemies and sent Jesus to die for us WHEN WE WERE HIS ENEMIES! John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” I couldn’t agree more! Anyway, the Holy Spirit moved me to share this with you, and you may not have a teenager, you may be in a relationship, or dealing with an uncompromising boss, or relative. When someone presses your button, simply respond with love.
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you what to say, because in the heat of the moment if you aren’t lead by the Holy Spirit, you will speak out of anger and say something you’ll later regret. God wants us to respond with love. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom isthe principal thing; thereforeget wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Ask God to help you properly assess the situation so that you’ll know how to approach it.
Remember, 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV), “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” Another very important scripture to help you keep things in perspective is this, Proverbs 17:9, “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” God wants our relationships to thrive!