Almost a month ago my sweet, compliant child entered into the stage of testing, whining, and at times an unpleasant attitude. Have you ever been there? I was constantly correcting, disciplining, praying over his attitude, and IT IS TIRING. One day as I was asking the Lord to give me His wisdom and discernment for how to get a hold of my boy’s little heart and actions, I felt like He gave me a word. I kept thinking of the phrase “teachable twos.” God gently reminded me of what a pivotal point in his life this is to train him and teach him obedience, self control, choosing a sweet attitude, how to be kind, and all the other areas we are working on. The Lord also reminded me that this season was a teachable one for ME as well. You see, as parents we can sometimes feel like we have it all together with parenting our children. Then enter the twos, where the Lord can teach us humility and utter dependence on Christ for how to handle situations and how most importantly to teach our sweet children about Christ. But we can only learn if we have a teachable heart.
So just as I am praying for my son to have a teachable and receptive heart towards correction I am praying the same over mine, because I have A LOT to learn in this season, and I am in desperate need for the Lord’s grace and training in ME.
Let these years be viewed as important for us as they are for our children. God knew what He was doing when He gave us these important training times and He is so gracious to teach us through them. May we be desperate for His wisdom, humbled in prayer, receptive to His voice, and covered in the precious grace we need.