"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge its rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant treasures." Proverbs 24:3

The Gentleness Challenge

"and mom and dad can hardly wait 
for school to start again."  

This phrase from the famous Christmas song, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," is so true for many parents.  When the kids are at school there's some quiet, there's some time to think and get things done.  There's a small break from parenting.  

I feel like I need a break.

Tonight my son was not obeying.  I told him it was time to stop playing.  He didn't.  I told him to give me the toy he was playing with.  He wouldn't.  When I reached to take it from him he pulled it away.  Then I got angry and yelled.  He finally gave it to me, but tears welled up in his eyes.  I knew he wasn't crying because he was sad about being disobedient.  He was crying because I had hurt his feelings.  

Yes, I definitely need a break!  But that's not going to happen, because whether or not school starts tomorrow, the kids aren't going anywhere.  So, from somewhere, I have to find what it takes.  Along with a nice cup of hot tea, I need love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness...  hey this is starting to sound a lot like Galatians 5: 22.  Which is exactly what I need.  I need the characteristics that come only from God's Spirit, God's Word, working in me.  That is why I'm taking The Gentleness Challenge.  I want to focus on being a consistently gentle mom.  I want to teach gently, discipline gently, and in every way show gentleness to my kids, all the time.    

"It is the kindness of the Lord that leads us to repentance,"  (Romans 2:4).  I want my kindness to lead my kids to repentance.  Not my anger!  And how can I teach my son to control his temper when he sees me lose my own?  

If you want to join me in seeking God's wisdom to become a more consistently gentle mom consider joining me in taking this Gentleness Challenge.  Click on the picture below to check it out.


  1. I am with you on this 100% ! I have had to appologize to my kids for not "parenting with gentleness"

  2. Ehara Ohana, you're definitely not alone! Perhaps we can check in with each other to see how the "gentleness factor" is coming along.

  3. While evaluating my gentleness, I can see that being in a hurry to get somewhere is usually when it breaks down. Thanks Tennille! We can all pray for one another in this area.

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