And this article on parenting is no exception. He has some very good thoughts on parenting with joy and thankfulness. Here is his opening, just to get you hungry for more….
“Joy is prominently placed in Paul’s list of the fruits of the Spirit, second only to love (Galatians 5:22-23). If Christian homes are little outposts of the new Eden, green with the fruits of the Spirit, we should expect joy to be one of the main crops. Joy should be the dominant tone of a Christian home.
Often it isn’t, and that’s hardly surprising. After all, children are time-consuming, frustrating, demanding. Children can be a nuisance…………
………And yet parents are to be joyful.
Joy in parenting is a gift of God. It doesn’t come naturally. It’s not the product of the flesh. Wherever you find a joyful Mom, you can be sure you’re seeing the Spirit at work.
What can we do to ensure that our families bear this fruit? First, cultivate thankfulness. Instead of laughter, some homes, including Christian ones, are dominated by shouting. Instead of the fullness of joy, some experience the fullness of bitterness and resentment. Ingratitude is at the root of many an angry, joyless home.
Head over to Credenda Agenda and see what else he has to say.
I’m spending the day pulling weeds, folding clothes, cramming history, and being so very thankful for my kids.