Our firstborn, Emahry, was not a good sleeper. In fact, I’m fairly certain she didn’t sleep through the night consistently until after her second birthday.
When people would ask me if she slept through the night, I would reply, “No, she’s just a really bad sleeper.”
Then, when Emahry was 16 months old, we had another baby. And would you know it–he was a bad sleeper, too!
Finally, when our third baby started showing the same “bad sleeper” signs at a few months old, we admitted it…our kids weren’t bad sleepers, we were simply bad sleep trainers.
Parenting is tough and we sure find ourselves making a lot of mistakes. Thankfully, we’ve figured out a few things along the way and and I’m happy to report that as I type this our fourth child is happily falling asleep in her bed.
Aren’t you glad your heavenly Father doesn’t have to figure out this whole parenting thing? When it comes to children of God, there are no guinea pigs!
He knows exactly what he’s doing and how to uniquely handle each individual heart. He intimately knows our personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and what we need before we even ask (Matthew 6:8). Remember, his hands knit us together and hold us together still.
Lord, I’m so glad you know exactly what you’re doing. I know I’m often at a loss when it comes to parenting the children you have blessed me with. Please, give me wisdom as I seek your will in this area. Help me to be teachable and to focus on pleasing you with how I’m helping to raise these little ones.