One must have a sense of humor in order to survive parenting. Don’t believe me? Try explaining to a well-educated professional in a crisp white lab coat how your child managed to shove a quarter up their pea-sized nostril. Or how about telling your wife the reason those flowers she planted in the backyard died is because your son peed on them—under your watch?
Children do and say the wackiest things. Through marriage, we shoulder, together, all the challenges that come with parenting. But we also get to share every hilarious moment and quip as well! If we have our cameras ready, we can relive every comical antic for years to come. Better yet, we’ll have plenty to share at our son’s or daughter’s wedding—to help prepare them for their future parenting and marriage-building challenges.
Raising children will likely be the most difficult, painful, frightening, hilarious, fulfilling, and memorable task we’ll ever take on. Our lives, and marriages, will change forever, often in ways we never anticipated. Though each year and development phase will bring ample challenges, may we never miss the beauty and relational depth, with God and our spouse, that He can build through each one. He’ll use those precious little lives to enrich our faith, unite our hearts with one another and Himself, and bring the deepest belly-laughs to our most stressful or monotonous days.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’saddressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of Restoring Her Faith and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team love to help women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to find out more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event, and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE to learn of her future appearances, projects, and releases.
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