Monday, February 14, 2011

“We and Our Children–The Need for Perseverance”

Modern mothers have been relying on psychology books to interpret child behavior for so long now that if all the psychology books were burned to a crisp, few mothers could relax with the conviction that God’s love, the maternal instinct, and Divine Grace could take their place.  I am not minimizing the work of child psychologists.  They have taught us many new insights into the needs and behavior of our children.  But God can teach us even more, because children’s willfulness, their disobedience, their tantrums, speak just as eloquently for their own search for God and perfection as our sins do for ours.  What we all – little or big – want is God; if we do not realize it, however, we choose many ignoble things in His place.  And if we want to teach children to be good with a goodness that is lasting, we must teach them to be good for the love of God.

The Claytonian Prayer Corner – Hopefully if we keep gathering here more and more as the years pass by, perhaps the children will learn of That Lasting Goodness.



anne said...

so lovely--especially with the light coming through the window onto the wall :)

Yes, if you keep praying with your children they will grow in God's grace. Keep it up, Supermom!

priest's wife said...

another nice addition would be icons of the individual patron saints

Kayleen said...

Yes - beautiful serene picture. I keep meaning to comment to tell you that, based on what you are writing about your parenting and your kids, I think you have the right attitude about the whole thing. What I am hearing is that parenting is difficult (at all stages) but that doesn't mean you give up. You keep working hard, looking for solutions, and of course you love your kids no matter what their behavior is. This post confirms that you are doing what you should be doing! You are teaching them God's love. I really look up to you as a mother, Renee. And I'm sure when my kids grow I'll be looking to you for advice :) Keep doing what you're doing and all will be well. God Bless!

Holly Bennett said...

The Child(ren)grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him (them). Luke 2:40. And your kids will too!