“Do you know why I’m riding around in my wheelchair? It’s ’cause I’m old.”
I acknowledged his elderly state.
“Yeah. I’m nine-TEEN.”
We had a few kids in to the pediatrician today for physicals. He commented on how my children act, but he said something that struck me.
If you can control the mouth, you can control the body.
He commented that he’s never seen my kids talk back or be mouthy. That don’t. They wouldn’t. But as the teen years stare us down, I am reminded again, to remember that out of the mouth comes the evidence of the heart.
Children are born small, needing everything. Yet an infant feels far easier than this parenting teens thing I’m facing. I have eight children, but I never had a teen until now. It’s strange, new territory.
Praying I can mother well, finish strong, and that God’s grace fills in for my shortcomings – until even Pierce is OLD.
Charlotte Moore says
What a wonderful compliment fro your doctor. That is saying something about your parenting skills for sure for both of you.
We all need GOD’S GRACE!!
Kirsten Pankratz says
Good words. You are totally right. I tell the kids what you say reflects your heart but I like how you word it better.
Lets not talk about teen years or anything harder than right now. Yikes! Still getting the kids back on track after being so sick with this pregnancy. Almost there but then some days…..oh-my. Praying for God’s grace to shine through me and yes, there is the daily prayer for wisdom . I need it!