Tuesday, November 4, 2008

a mother's prayer

I came across this poem online at CafeMom, and it brought back so many memories. I wrote it in my journal when my kids were little and I had a copy on my fridge because THIS was the kind of mom I wanted to be. I had a long ways to go, but this gave me hope.

O, heavenly Father, make me a better parent.

Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.

Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes, or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me. May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power.

Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal. And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness. Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me.
(that line was meant for me!)
And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults. Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm. Make me fair and just and kind. And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children.

~Amen

5 comments:

Faith said...

I love that! God knows we need his help in raising children.

She'sSewPretty said...

That is a wonderful prayer and a reminder of how to live each day as a mother. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for visiting my blog. I'm praying for a better world now that we've elected Barack Obama!

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful prayer, Daisy.

Congratulations on Obama's win. I know it means a great deal to you. We must continue to pray...for our president (Bush) and for our president-elect (Obama), and it wouldn't hurt to pray for a hard-worker, Senator McCain.

karen said...

this is a beautiful prayer. a mother speaking from her heart. these sentiments ring so true in my own life. thank you for posting this, daisy. I may have to put this on the fridge. love, k

katemcdonald said...

I am going to print that out and put it on my frig