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Parenting Moment: Parenting When Tired

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It’s harder to stay loving and make good choices when we’re hungry, tired, etc. We see that in our children over and over again. They get cranky when tired and struggle more than normal to obey. Likewise, it’s harder to be the parents we’re called to be when we’re tired, hurting, hungry, or otherwise in need.

But there’s hope. Jesus went 40 days and nights without food. Talk about an excuse to be hangry! Yet even with Satan himself tempting Jesus, Jesus stayed firm. He obeyed God. (Matthew 4:1-11)

This same Jesus bids us to draw near to Him to obtain the strength to parent in a godly way in those tired moments.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV) 

Jesus can help us–even if in those tired moments where our bodies make it extra hard. On our own, we’ll fail, just like Adam did back in the Garden. Adam hadn’t gone without food when he was tempted; he lived in a perfect world with all he needed. Yet he still fell to temptation. (Genesis 3)

It’s only in Jesus, not in ourselves or a self-help routine, that we can find the mercy and grace we need. Let’s draw near to Him for the strength we need to resist sin and respond well to our children–even in those tired moments.

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