A Parent’s Prayer
O Heavenly Father, make me a better parent.
Teach me to understand my children,
To listen patiently to what they have to say,
And to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them.
Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.
Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes
Or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.
May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction
Or to show my power.
By all that I say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me.
And when I’m out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children
And I should not expect of them the judgments of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves
And to make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests
And the courage to deny them privileges
I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind and fit me, O Lord,
To be loved and respected and imitated by my children.
Oh, how I desire to be the mom God wants me to be. I want to be this Godly, gentle, and courageous parent. With His hands guiding us, we all can be. This prayer is now printed out and sitting on my dresser as a reminder.
Thank you Janelle for this great encouragement, it was God's perfect timing. And thank You God for my four blessings from Heaven and for second chances.
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