Sunday, January 02, 2011

Wow....That Was Fast

Today in church I was sitting during the sacrament and thinking about Jesus. I was thinking about the mistakes I've made lately....most of them are with my children. I'm too quick to yell at them, get easily frustrated with the little things they do (or don't do) and I feel like I've lost the love that I have for them. In my heart I prayed that Heavenly Father would forgive me for treating these sweet children so poorly. I asked that he would show me a way to love them, the way that He loves them. I felt peace in my heart, and for the first time in a while, I was happy to sit with a wiggly 2-year old and a 10-year old who's always asking question after question.
Today was Testimony meeting, and many members got up and bore sweet testimony of Jesus and his love for us. I was touched by the Spirit, and again, I felt that sweet peace.
It was during our last meeting of the day that I truly felt Heavenly Father's love for me. The lesson was on strengthening our families. I felt like I had been hit between the eyes.
There were many great stories shared, examples of bringing up children the correct way. Then one of the topics addressed was respect. It was then that I realized that if I want my children to show ME respect, I must first respect them. I need to take their problems seriously (because to them, the broken toy is a HUGE issue and it's important to them) and show them my love through respect.
It was a HUGE eye-opener for me. I felt the answers to my prayers (that I had only prayed an hour and a half before) quickly and fully answered. I know there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I feel that I can make it. I can do it and I am ready.
I feel so blessed to have Heavenly Father answer my prayers SO quickly!


Deanna said...

That brick hit me right between the eyes, too! LOL! In all seriousness, I think I kinda push my adorable children aside at home for other 'worldly' things....and it's something I'm NOT proud of. So, yeah...wonderful meetings today! I LOVED RS and it was such a great reminder to me, too.

Jewelle said...

What a wonderful experience. Respect for children and feelings...such a hard one! I'm working on that right now too {especially when I get attitude from Lily}! I think many mom's are working on this right now. Satan is definitely attacking mom's right now because we are the glue that holds are families together. I'm so happy for you that you received some answers to prayers and I wish you luck on your goal. I know you will do well with it :)

Jen said...

It's wonderful that you posted this because this week has been a struggle for me with Sadie. Her whining has about put me over the edge several times. I have to constantly remind myself that she is a gift from Heavenly Father and that I need to treat her that way. I also really loved the Relief Society lesson. We have a great ward!!

Elena said...

Man, I felt like worst mother of the year in RS! LOTS for me to work one!