Discipline, Integrity And Hope

The best lessons for building our integrity are learned from the trials that we go through. I’ve had to face my share of difficulties; and I suppose it’s a necessary part to the whole life experience. Building our integrity, through discipline, brings hope.

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Part of the growing process that comes from these difficulties, is having to work our way through them. At first, it seems like a hopeless task. And we certainly don’t get through it independently! But for the grace of God.

All these things, as true as they are, still don’t make what I’m going to say next, less bittersweet. I’m not doing my kids any favors – in fact, I could end up stunting their growth – when I attempt to play Supermom and rescue them. As human beings we’re prone to making mistakes, and we have to learn from them.

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“But that’s my job – It’s my purpose!” Yes, I know that’s what we train ourselves to believe, but we cannot be more wrong. I don’t allow them the gift of seeing they can overcome their hardships without Mommy taking over. They’ll never have an opportunity to see that they don’t have to fear failure. Messing up isn’t something to be afraid of; it just provides an opportunity to keep trying.

AND THIS HOPE WILL NOT LEAD TO DISAPPOINTMENT. FOR WE KNOW HOW DEARLY GOD LOVES US, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FILL OUR HEARTS WITH HIS LOVE. ROMANS 5:5 NLT

A Habit Of Hope

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Hope requires some practicing. Once it has become a habit, it’s possible to attain true joy. While they shouldn’t always be reliant on me to get them through difficulties, they will always have a guide in God. That IS His purpose!

He’ll never let them down, because He loves them and will continue filling their hearts with His love.

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I’m a mama, and if one of my children were misbehaving or out of control, I’d never allow them to continue going down such a self-destructive path. Eventually, they’ll become adults on that path, adding a whole other level of danger.

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As a parent, we need to apply our best judgement in their disciplinary actions. It needs to be done in such a way that’ll help them with learning to decipher right from wrong. Just grounding our children and taking away their belongings, while that’s fine some of the times, it only resolves the issue temporarily.

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“You’re children of God, and He speaks words of comfort to you. You’ve forgotten these words…‘My child, don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when He corrects you.’”
Hebrews 12:5

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After initially handling the problem, I always make sure my children know I still love them. It’s actually because I love them, they must incur a consequence. They’ll always be my babies, though. And nothing could ever change how I feel.

I can’t help but see the similarities between me behaving as a responsible mom, and God always being the perfect Father. He helps me in my life, by forcing me to deal with consequences of my actions. It’s not something that should be just – POOF! – taken away. This would teach nothing!

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Because even though God “helps” me by allowing my consequences, I’m always going to be His daughter, and He’ll never change the way He feels about me. It’s an encouragement to my faith, as well. Though some stuff can be uncomfortable to face up to, I know He has the power to say “when” it’s enough, and He will.