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Parent Encouragement series week 6

 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 1:5

I was in labor for 60 hours. 60 long, painful, and anxious hours. Some women complain about how long they labored, and others wear that length like a badge of honor. I’d say I’m more the latter because I’m proud of every exhausting moment.

But the pride I felt immediately disappeared the moment my son began crying in the middle of the night, just hours after he was born. “What does this cry mean? Is he hungry? How do I know how much he gets? Does he need something else? Where’s the nurse?!?”

Meeting my son brought me unexplainable gratitude for the gift of his life. But, almost right behind that unsurpassed feeling of gratitude, there came waves of doubt, fear, and incompetence. As a brand-new mom, I felt ill-prepared and unequipped to tackle parenthood.

Truth be told, that feeling hasn’t really disappeared since then. But I fully trust that what the Bible says is true:

If you need wisdom ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. James 1:5

God showed me a new level of His generosity with the gift of a child, and the newness of the season positioned me to humbly ask God for wisdom. He has been so faithful to guide my parenting with His wisdom any time I go to Him with a teachable and surrendered spirit.

I hope you know the resource you have in Christ. He wants to continue pouring His generosity over you in the ways that you parent. He wants—more than you do—for your child to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and be guided by Him. He is wise and generous, and He is so ready to lavish both on you. Are you ready to embrace them?

Go to our generous God and ask for wisdom as you navigate the challenges of parenting. He’s ready to give it to you. Jessica Penick

If you missed the previous weeks, see more on this series here.

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