One of the things that is so essential in this whole character training is something I read on a dear friend’s blog. You can read her entire beautiful post here.
What I have been thinking as I read Stacy’s post and the original Charlotte Mason text is that I am the one who is in need of change. It is not about our children or their training at all, really. It is about us. And our attitudes. And our training. I am the one who needs cheerful patience and temperance!
Lord, I am in awe how this journey of parenthood is my own growth in sanctity. So, I get down on my knees again. I surround myself with things that bring out the best in me and I seek His grace. Over, and over, and over again…..His Grace.
Some resources: Praying for your children. This is an amazing resource that you can expand or adapt to suit your needs. I love the fact that it is in a grid format and I can just print it off and have it on my fridge or bulletin board.
A letter of admonishment …or encouragement? This letter is timely – it is written by a professor of theology from Ave Maria University. He reflects on Pope Benedict’s letter to families and how we may or may not fall short of this calling. What are we waiting for? Now is the time, this is the place, this is our calling now!
And finally this scripture: one that has inspired me for years but it wasn’t until a dear, dear friend posted it as her blog header that I began to pray it as a mother. I love her particular translation so I am just going to write it here for you. This is the stuff our vocations are made of.
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your
weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak
and lame will not fall but become strong.