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the finger prints of God…..

April 4, 2012



i used to think that as a mommy, it is my responsibility to protect my kids from heartache and pain….


but over the course of the past few months, i’ve learned that this simply isn’t the case.



i have learned that my role as mommy is something much, much different ….


while i am responsible for the well-being of my kids, no matter how hard i may try, i cannot protect them from pain.





as their mommy, it is my responsibility to teach them — both by example and by word — how to respond to their pain.


i need to show them that pain is part of life and that God uses our pain to teach us beautiful, life-changing things….




this hasn’t been easy for me learn, because i long to protect my kids. i want to keep them safe from heartache as long as possible….


but God has shown me that i can’t…..




the devastation that rocked our world just under three months ago has shattered the hearts of our entire family.


it has brought me to my knees and has forced me to be real and open with my kids.




i fought that for a while, thinking that i had to be strong for them….but God had other plans…..


he showed me that i need to be raw before them, allowing them to see that i hurt too.




as i’ve become more transparent with my kids, something real and beautiful has begun to happen….


my kids are now coming to me and sharing their hurt…..



they are opening up their hearts to me and to their daddy….


and they are comforting each other as well as me and their dad…




they are learning that pain is real, and that God is the ultimate Healer….


and they’re learning to love each other along the way.



as we walk through this painful season that i would not have chosen, all i have to do is look around me to see God’s fingerprints all over it…..


**i’m linking up with Ann today for walk with him Wednesday’s……


4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 6:35 am

    Hard but beautiful truths here, Patty. God taught me something similar during my pregnancy with B, as I reflected on my own trials in waiting to conceive and considered some hard family situations he’d inevitably grow up to face. If trials are inevitable, then our job is not to shelter our children from hard things but to help them respond by running to Jesus.

    • April 4, 2012 6:39 am

      Thank you for sharing, andrea….your faith and example over the years has been such a blessing to me.

  2. marysue9 permalink
    April 4, 2012 6:35 am

    What a beautiful thing God is doing! And I’m grateful for the reminder that we can help our kids learn how to respond to pain, while we can’t shield them from it. Thank you for sharing from your journey – it benefits us all!

    • April 4, 2012 6:41 am

      Thank you,mary…..I am so thankful for the love and support you have shown me through this season. ❤

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