A parent's thoughts

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

It’s comforting to know that we are all God’s children. That means my two little boys, Samuel and James, and I have the same Father. It’s not like God is my Father and their Grandfather. Nope. We have the same divine Father. The boys don’t have to go through me to feel the love from their Father. They can listen on their own for His words. (I sure hope He tells them to listen to me and my wife, too!)

It also means God is speaking to me, parenting me, as well. Often I get thoughts from Him in this way: “The boys will sort it out.” “They reflect My perfection.” “They are spiritual.” “They have spiritual dominion.” In order for me to hear this, I must stop, breathe, and listen.

Sometimes, I need to get past the discouraging picture of one child grabbing a toy from a screaming brother or the mental image of the little one with toy sword in hand—bossing around his older brother like some miniature version of Blackbeard.

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