We all have had our experiences. Maybe we had to receive it. Maybe we had to enforce it. Maybe we have had to watch it. Whatever the circumstance, we all have a story to share.
Sometimes I wrestle with the question – am I tough enough? Am I too tough? Not having my husband here, my boys would say I am way too tough, and yet I know that my primary responsibility to these boys is to instill values and build self esteem.
My time with them is so short, and sometimes the task seems so big that I am overwhelmed, wondering if anything I am doing or saying is making a difference. Yet I believe that it is. Just as I believe that God is at work in me and my life, I believe that He is working in my boys. Some days I see it so clearly, and other days, not so much.
I know that God loves me. And sometimes He is tough and sometimes He is tender. I pray that I can love my boys the way that God loves me today, tomorrow and forever.