I sat in frustration as I dialed the number on the phone again with no answer. Perhaps she is in the shower, so I’ll try again in a few minutes. Minutes later, still no answer. I then text a message to the phone so that she would know how I had tried numerous times to reach her to see that she was awake.
My daughter is a 25 year old single adult who struggles with making it to work on time. Though she now has 3 alarm clocks, one which I just purchased from Amazon for her, called the Sonic Bomb, she still was going to be late for work. She is on a 30 day probation due to this problem and will probably lose her job.
I did all my homework before purchasing the Sonic Bomb and mind you this is no ordinary alarm clock. It is listed as one of the top alarms for heavy sleepers with 3500 / 4 and 5 star reviews.
It has a 3 phase alarm system with flashing red lights and sirens likened to the police surrounding the house. If that isn’t enough, they have installed a device that even shakes the bed!
Now since it just arrived 3 days ago, I question whether or not she has even read the instructions on how to set it. In other words, she probably hasn’t taken the time to use this marvelous device that Mother just bought to help her with her problem.
We spend our life as Mothers desperately trying to teach our children basic truths that will keep their life in balance. Helping them to formulating habits that will run parallel to keeping them safe through careful conduct.
We commit ourselves to habits and behaviors that will show and prove that these principles do work in our everyday lives, AND THEN THEY LEAVE HOME.
If you are reading this today and still have your children in the home and think for one moment that they will all apply their training once they leave the house, well all I can say is, you’ll be luckier than most moms. God prepared us for this when he wrote……
“Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Each child will in their own way depart from the training they so diligently received for all those years. And since Mothering is a lifetime commission, you too will suffer the frustration of watching as training goes out the window, and destructive habits are invited in.
I do not say this to discourage proper training but to reinforce to you what God is saying. Understanding it’s meaning and latitude for any given child can sometimes keep you sane in the rough times.
That promise from God will be your saving grace. Each properly trained individual does stray from training. Pushing the envelope and embracing tendencies contrary to their upbringing, is a typical season for most of us.
How long that season lasts between training and old age…now there is the million dollar question!
You see God does not tell us that they won’t depart, he only assures us that by the time they are old they will return to the training that they received as a child.
There are certainly an awful lot of years between those two seasons of life. For some of us the in-between season will be shorter, for some longer, and for others far too long.
Mothers will wait for that season to pass, help where they can and pray a whole lot.
As a mother, what habits in your training past or present are best preparing you and your child for this in between season? Can you identify any early possible dangers, habits, tendencies or specific weaknesses?