Parenting is a beautiful gift. It can also be some of the toughest work you’ll ever do.
As we work to “train up our children in the way they should go,” sometimes it’s hard to keep focused on the big picture. We get angry. We get tired. We get frustrated. We default to our old, controlling ways over and over. It may seem like we’ll never be able to change.
But with God’s help, change is possible.
The process of asking God to transform our hearts is a lifelong journey, with many ups and downs. As you continue on your journey, be reminded of your commitment to change — and of God’s grace along the way — by this simple adaptation of the Serenity prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the people I can’t change,
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know — it’s me.
You can change. Your heart can change. Your parenting can change. And you’ll make mistakes along the way, but God’s grace will see you through it.
To help you remember this, we’ve created a free downloadable version of this powerful Serenity prayer that you can carry with you on your phone, computer, or tablet.
We previously offered these privately, but now they are publicly downloadable here.
Download this Serenity prayer, and post it where you’ll encounter it often. As you see it each day, let it be a reminder that although this parenting journey we’re on is sometimes challenging, God’s love and grace continue to transform our hearts each and every day.