Cristin Luea (Lansing, Michigan)

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“It was the Sunday to end all Sundays. One of my children had woken up on the wrong side of the bed, which happens often. He’s smart, passionate, opinionated, stubborn and never backs down. Great traits for a lawyer, a bit harder to parent! We tell ourselves over and over, ‘If we can teach him to be this stubborn for the Lord, he’ll light the whole world on fire.’

Everything my husband and I said that day, even quietly and in love was thrown back in our faces. We tried losing our tempers too. That didn’t help. At one point in the afternoon, my husband and I looked at each other with almost-beaten looks. I said, ‘Something’s gotta give.’

We sent the kids to their rooms for some Bible reading and meditation time. We’re trying, failing and trying again to make this a habit with them. Today we were met with grumbling obedience and slammed doors.

A little while later the child in question sheepishly wandered into the living room. ‘So, this is the Scripture I found,’ he quietly said. A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a fool does not listen to correction. (Proverbs 13:1) My husband and I cast sideway glances at each other. ‘So I guess that means that when you’re correcting me you’re just trying to help me go to Heaven.’ And he walked off.

My sisters, keep persevering. Your kids hear you even when it seems like the complete opposite. The Lord will give you all you need: His love and grace to raise your kids for Him.”