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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. I enjoyed this very much. My children are grown, so the control level is gone. I can only pray they heard the word as children, and make good decisions for themselves now.

    • Margaret, our pastor talked about parenting yesterday: when they get older, it’s more about influence than authority. Don’t doubt the power of your influence. 🙂

  2. My children are 24 and 20. When they were younger they used to jokingly call me “Bible Lady”; not because I hit them over the head with scripture, but because I would quote scripture as it pertained to a certain experience we were dealing with. I’m here to say that God’s word does not return void!!! Keep persisting in speaking God’s truth to your children (even if they stray – and they will). One day they will rise up and call you “blessed”.

  3. I enjoyed this so so much! Thank you! A 5am smile is definitely notable for a Monday morning! I think it’s the summer and my children have their ears off. I pray that they actually do hear me. And I pray they feel loved!

    • “It’s the summer and children have their ears off” – so true! I have big plans for school work we can accomplish, but it’s hard now, isn’t it?

  4. Thanks Dawn.
    I have already hit the retry button this morning.
    I need to give more Grace, receive more Wisdom and forgive myself when
    I fall short.
    I parent a 22, 20 , and 17 years old.
    And I feel the weight daily.
    Pray for me to roll the weight onto Him and receive renewed strength for the

    • Praying for you, Jen! Those are difficult years, but you can do it. My mom once told me that she heard James Dobson say to just get them through the teen years alive and you’ll like them again on the other side. 🙂 There are some difficult lessons being learned in the late teens and early twenties.

  5. Thanks, Dawn!
    It always so good to get that reminder that He is still working on us and our kiddos! As much as it frustrates me to hit it…I really am so glad for the “retry” button!

  6. What a great analogy, Dawn. It really encouraged me today. I have been really frustrated in the parenting department lately too. My one year old screams her head off whenever I sit at my computer. My five year old has her areas too, but what your post made me realize is that I can be more persistent than they. If I stay consistent (like putting my youngest in the playpen until she stops screaming) eventually they will learn to change their behavior. It just takes time. Thank you and God bless!

    • “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

      Just keep trying and be consistent.

  7. Thank you Dawn for the encouragement today. I had started the Focus on the Family Around the World in 60 Days today and was met with a dismal response. “Is this a Christian thing?” They asked. They are 10 and 8 and move a year and a half ago to a new city because their Daddy got a new pastoring post, has made them a little jagged. It’s been tough for them. I needed to hear today to stick to what we believe even when they don’t want to.

    • Jen, I think we’ve all had those moments when we try to introduce something positive and the kids rebel. It’s just their nature. Show them your commitment to teaching them what’s right, and do it in love.

  8. What a wonderful thing to read this morning ! Dealing w my 17 year old has gotten me very worn down, sad and frustrated lately…….This passage helped me approach today a little calmer and committed to my commitment to him.

  9. Oh boy, I love this!

    This weekend, my son (23) came home with a VERY FAST & DANGEROUS motorcycle. I thought my world had fallen down around me. I went straight to all the WHAT IF’S. I hate motorcycles! I hate what can happen to a person who’s riding responsibly. Accidents are just that, accidents.
    I spent the rest of the weekend wallowing in my own pit of fear. I couldn’t look at anything online that he posted as he reveled in his newfound joy.
    I had it bad! Ok?

    Today, I blogged about how to cope with decisions that your kids make. I realized I can’t control one minute of my kids lives but I can love them, trust God and be joyful everyday.

  10. Thank you very much for this wonderful post! Your message has really touched me. This is the best advice that I have ever read: “Be persistent and consistent and pray that your children will come to know truth, as you dare to speak it and lay its foundation one day at a time.” Thank you for these beautiful words!

  11. I needed this today as a mom of two younger (7,3) I tend feel like I’m repeating myself. Sometimes I’m just done, but that doesn’t teach my children, so I try to walk them through it. THen its such an HUGe thing when they get it and process it. (so like me in my walk) loved this post!

    • Amanda, I totally get that feeling of just being done. That’s when you need a quiet minute and some prayer time. Your efforts aren’t wasted.

  12. It never ceases to amaze me how God knows just what we need, when we need it. This morning while getting ready for my day, wondering how all the recent events will play out – I really heard the song “Strangley Dim” by Francesca Battistelli for the first time! – IT was like God was saying – “fix your eyes on me” And then I opened my email and read your annointed & very timely post which helped to put things in perspective… that is God’s perspective! Thank you for listening to the Lord and sharing your post. It was water to my very thirsty soul!

    BTW I visited your blog too … and read the recent post about the storm; which ministered to me as well since I have been feeling like I have been smack dab in the middle of one … especially with all that is going on in my teen’s life right now… TRUST is the key… and sometimes that TRUST is minute by minute!

    I will definitely be subscribing to your posts! Thank you … Bless You!

    • Dennise, parenting teens can try the best of us. Yes, ma’am, sometimes trust is minute by minute! I’m thankful that God sent you just what you needed today. Saying a prayer for you.

  13. Keep quoting scripture to your children. Then live out that scripture. They may not seem to appreciate it now, but later on in life it will come back to you ten fold. They will thank you for it!@

  14. I love that you included giving grace and living what we want our children to learn instead of just lecturing them. There is incredible power in listening to our children and interacting with them and allowing them the same imperfections we have rather than expecting them to listen but not be heard, obey without understanding, and behave perfectly despite being imperfect humans being raised by imperfect humans in an imperfect world!

  15. Oh heavens i thnk God for your question and your post. t great encouragement. I would like for prayer for me and my kids i have a five yr old and two yrl and one yrl old. And im expecting my fourth one. Is not easy being a young parent. Iately i just being feeling very tired in heart with parenting and overwhelming at time. and by his good grace i been doing good. Sisters i ask that you lift me in prayer. thanks God bless you.

    • Veronica, I’m praying for you tonight! I hope you get some rest and have a good pregnancy and plenty of help taking care of your little ones.

  16. Reading my mail today! I am going through transitions with my oldest (in college) and I don’t want him to make a mistake. He’s doing wonderful but I keep pushing him to do better…please pray for us both as I continue to trust God but also speak truth to him.

  17. I am struggling with my 18, 17, and 15 year olds. Spending today trying to figure out how and when and if I can continue pushing. Thanks for the retry button!

  18. I really appreciate the message here. Persistence has never come easily for me; I was a compliant (most of the time) child because my mother was a very strong personality (and still is.) When my kids (now 16 and 20) would say or do certain things, I had 2 responses: clam up or rage. These responses came because I felt like anything I said or did was pointless. My children’s actions often reminded me of kids I didn’t particularly get along with at all. After I thought about it a while, I would manage to use the situation as a teaching point at another time when there was less angst involved. I didn’t want them turning out like those people who gave me bad memories. God blessed me with a husband who truly has partnered with me in parenting our daughters; I really think our daughters have become mature people more because of his influence than mine. The last couple of years were particularly rough but through compassion and prayer progress has been made. We all still have a long ways to go–myself included. So glad to hear from other moms on here who are voicing concerns similar to mine.

  19. Pray for me not to use “the mean voice.” Not that anyone’s ever called it that, but I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home right now, and she has a “mean face,” and now I’m catching myself when I’m using my snappy voice. A voice I wouldn’t want anyone else using on my kids, so why do I feel comfortable using it myself? Truth is, I don’t, but it’s taken me a LONG time (terrible twos followed by terrible threes) to realize that I don’t like using it. There’s really no power in it. It’s the words and the disappointment in my face that speak volumes, even to such a small child. I don’t want that voice to come out of me any more. I want to be kind but firm. Not reliving the patterns I observed as a child, hearing my own parents’ mean voices.