One kid was easy. Really easy. But then the second kid came along and everything changed. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have one kid or more than one. Either way, parenting is hard but thank God for grace.
2018 was a year of change for my wife and I. We welcomed our second boy, Hudson, into the world. Being a dad is hard but being a dad who desires to raise godly children in an ungodly world is harder. Why? Because my flesh wants to get irritated, annoyed and selfish when it comes to parenting.
How many times have you had to put gas in your car? My guess: A lot! Did you know, as Christians, we need to be filled with the Spirit continually just like how your car needs gas continually?
In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: "...."but be FILLED by the SPIRIT" (CSB, emphasis added). This is FIRST a COMMAND but ALSO is something in the original language that is on going! Meaning asking to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit is not a one time thing...it's a continuous thing! It's something we should ASK God for everyday!
Too often many dads today say something similar to this when mom is away, “My wife is gone and I’m watching the kids.” I have a problem with this. As a dad I’m not a babysitter. I’m a parent. Just like my wife. When Sarah is gone I’m not at home watching my son. I’m at home doing something called parenting.