When Parenting Is Scary

When Parenting Is Scary

February 9, 2016

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)


“But, Mom … will you please change your mind? It’s not fair!” my daughter said.

I knew what my answer had to be since I’d grounded her earlier in the day. But it wasn’t going to be easy.

Sometimes right before I tell my kids no, that split second before the word comes out of my mouth, I am afraid.

I am afraid to be strong.
I am afraid to follow through.
I am afraid of what will happen when I say no.

I think every mom knows this fear. We know it’s often easier to give into demands than to dig in to our resolve. Sometimes it’s easier to run away than stand and be courageous.

I’ve learned the harder I work at raising grateful kids, the harder the job gets. When kids resist chores and grumble about dinner, slam doors and argue with their siblings, it can make a mom feel like a complete failure.

Recently in the middle of a kitchen standoff, all of the above was happening.

My husband walked up behind me and tugged on my arm before things escalated with my daughter. We left our kids to clean up dinner dishes and locked our bedroom door. And we asked questions we couldn’t answer: Why is parenting so hard? Are we doing this right? Do we have to go back out there?

“If it isn’t hard, maybe we aren’t doing it right. We aren’t alone, honey. God says to be courageous because He will go with us wherever we go … and that means back to the kitchen, eventually,” my husband said quietly in my ear.

I let his words sink in. Because too often I believe the lie that says if I were a great mom, I wouldn’t fight or disagree or battle over opinions and attitudes with my kids. And we wouldn’t hurt each other.

Some days, I feel really alone and afraid. I wonder if I’m the only one in this challenging stage or with a kid in that difficult phase. Sometimes I cling to silence instead of sharing my burden with other moms.

I couldn’t help but think of the words spoken to Joshua, the newly appointed leader of the Israelites: “Do not be afraid … for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

God was commanding him to lead the people into the Promised Land, a beautiful but daunting place. He was reassuring them that wherever He sent them, He would also go with them. When we journey with God, we can rest in the next steps, even when we can’t make them out. Of course, our children are hardly the Philistines, but the fear and uncertainty in parenting might feel similar.

Just because the road gets bumpy, doesn’t mean we are off course. Actually, the right road is bumpy. The correct path does have obstacles and setbacks. The journey is broken and beautiful at the same time.

I was encouraged with these truths and I hope you will be too: It’s okay for our kids to be temporarily unhappy, and their resistance doesn’t mean our failure.

I swallowed the fear and shook off the discouragement, thankful for the reminder that these are normal feelings in parenting. I thanked God for being with me in the hard moments. As I headed back to the kitchen, I clung to the holy promise that I wasn’t alone.

“No, I’m sorry, honey, you can’t go. You’re grounded for the day, remember?” I told my waiting daughter.

I braced myself and stood my ground and calmly suggested another day. She let out a disappointed sigh. When I returned later, that same child was humming in the kitchen, making dessert for the rest of the family. There was no pouting. The anger was long gone. She didn’t ask again.

Sometimes our kids ask for something or demand their way, not to get us to say yes, but to see if we will stick with no.

Oftentimes, our kids surprise us.

And many times, what scares us makes us stronger.

So, the next time we are afraid, we must also remember we are not alone.

Don’t give in. But mostly, don’t give up.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the honor and blessings of being a parent. Please help me parent my children with the same love and discipline You give to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids with Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. With Kristen’s practical advice and tips for each age, get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say — but actually mean! — “thank you” for everything they have.

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What are you afraid of in your parenting journey today? How can you take the next courageous step?

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  1. I would love to receive a copy of this book. My household could use a little dash of greatfulness!

  2. I’m afraid that I may sometimes be too hard on my oldest, and that my expectations of her are too high. I should cherish the season she is in her life and keep it in perspective.

  3. Oh my word, I needed to hear this this evening!I am a single mama, my oldest is 22 and my middles passed away in a car accident 4 years ago when they were 13 and 15. My youngest (my only boy) is 10 and we are having a HARD time with school, respect, etc. He is always telling me no, and I always run back to feeling like I failed my oldest daughter and ESPECIALLY failed my two younger daughters in that I wasn’t there when the accident happened, that I couldn’t protect them, etc. I beat myself up every single day. Even with daily prayer and asking friends to pray, “saying” I have given it to God, I STILL worry and I stress all the time when I know I shouldn’t. Ahhh, thank you again for your words that I needed to hear tonight.

  4. Would love a copy!

  5. Corinne Kanski says:

    I have 3 strong willed children who seem to challenge me daily.

  6. Grateful for a chance to read Kristen’s book so I may teach my children Christ’s ways in becoming respectful and loving beings.

  7. Monica Archer says:

    My kids’ love language is gift giving, so I would love this book.

  8. This devotion could not have been more timely. I spent much of the day agonizing over how my kids don’t listen to me or obey me but how I also have a difficult time standing firm without feeling guilty. I know they need my guidance and discipline. It’s biblical. Hoping Kristen’s book will encourage me to stand firm with the great Discipliner.

  9. Misty Gattis says:

    I’d love a copy of your book!

  10. I could surely use this book to help me better relate to my daughter. Would love to learn how to best serve her needs while remaining strong as a parent, raising her in a Christ centered home.

  11. I would love a copy of her book! My daughter is almost 4 and I’m already telling her in situations “you can’t always have everything you want”! She’s a smart little thing and I just pray that I am able to teach her gratefulness and respect.

  12. I asked for a sign today regarding this exact issue and within hours came this email. Maybe this was my sign.

  13. This devotional was so God-ordained, it’s not even funny! Thank you for having the courage to share your experiences. I feel like I’ve lost this battle already, so this came at precisely the right time. Thank you. God bless.

  14. Not for me for my Daugther Morgan. Going through a huge storm in life and needs encouragement from other godly counsellors, advisors besides parents. Thank you and God Bless

  15. TrinaLynn Blair says:

    Thank you so very much for letting me know that we are not the only ones going though this thank you for shareing many blessings always and forevet

  16. Beth McVey says:

    I would love this book. I want to teach my sons thankfulness right from the get go at their young ages. And show them how truly blessed we really are!

  17. Angela Stadnyk says:

    As per usual, Godknows exactly what I need to hear! I would love to read this book as I am struggling with my kids right now, in just about every way! Thank you for the opportunity

  18. Thank you for the reminder to parent courageously! I am just beginning my parenting journey after losing a baby boy in 2014 then giving birth to his baby brother in November last year. Parenting after loss is a scary journey as the fear of losing another child is very real. I am so thankful for the privilege of carrying both of our two boys, but even more thankful that my husband and I get to have one of them here with us, earthside. In God’s strength, we want to parent him (and any future children) with strength and courage because we know God will be with us.

  19. Amanda Sharp says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  20. Ive been wrestling with the trials and tribulations of patenting a teen, realy feeling anxious, questioning & doubting myself, beating myself up. This article and the prayers couldnt have come at a better time. Gods timing of course is perfect! Amen

  21. Jeanette A. says:

    It IS so hard to tell them no, knowing they will say it’s not fair. This post is very encouraging, I love Kristen Welch and would would enjoy reading her new book. It’s nice to know we’re not alone in this journey! 🙂

  22. Thank you

  23. Kelly Melarkey says:

    Thank you for the encouraging word and reminding us Moms that we are first and foremost our children’s’ parent… And not just a friend. ?

  24. Seems like a great resource. My husband and I are beginning our parenting journey and think this would be a great tool.

  25. Parenting is hard!

  26. Reading this Devotional was as if you had insight to my life. My daughter and I are at odds a lot and I’m constantly asking myself if I’m missing something. Am I doing the right thing. She never takes “mo” for an answer and I always have to tell her several times. Where did I go wrong. Then God reminds me that He is in control but it’s still hard. Sometimes I don’t know what to say or do for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.

  27. Single mom says:

    I too had that same moment today with my hard headed 10yr old. It’s a daily battle with him. A battle of disrespect. He has great moments of love. And then random moments of rage and anger and put of control. Today was one that started out with his being out of control. It was exhausting. It ended well. But I could use some better beginnings as a parent.

  28. Reading this Devotional was as if you had insight to my life. My daughter and I are at odds a lot and I’m constantly asking myself if I’m missing something. Am I doing the right thing. She never takes “mo” for an answer and I always have to tell her several times. Where did I go wrong. Then God reminds me that He is in control but it’s still hard. Sometimes I don’t know what to say or do for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. I would live a copy of this book.

  29. Stacey Veach says:

    I would love to receive a copy of this book to enhance my parenting skills of being the best Mother I can be of my 4 precious children.

  30. Can’t wait to read this book!!

  31. I was greatly encouraged by the devotional as I struggle in my own parenting of two young girls, 7 and 3. I often feel like a failure when my 7 year old talks back to me and often talks down to others. It is definitely an area I need to give over to the Lord

  32. Christina greenwell says:

    I could use all the help I can get. Pick me.

  33. Ladette Kerr says:

    The timing couldn’t be more perfect. It does seem so defeating
    When times like these occur. You wonder if it’ll ever get easy. But I guess if it were easy we would be able to do it without God.

  34. Just what I needed to hear! Today, actually the last while has been pretty bumpy with our daughter (she’s only 5 and I can’t imagine the teenage years, be strong and courageous, help me Lord) and thankfully I know that God is with me and her!!!

  35. I am afraid I have already failed the beautiful children God has given me. Now that they are no longer littles, I find myself struggling more with how to be the mom they need me to be as we each learn to communicate and navigate new seasons. I worry my weaknesses as a mother when they were so young and impressionable have left them with weak foundations to build the rest of their lives.

    My desire now is to stand in a place of unconditional love as I strive to support them on their journeys. And to do that while still being okay with telling them no or holding them accountable for their choices/behaviors. It is much harder and lonelier than I had ever imagined.

  36. This devotional showed up in my email not even 30, minutes after an argument with our teen. Thank you for the reminder from God to be strong and courageous!

  37. Linda Shinever says:

    This was exactly what I needed to read tonight after a rough night with a over tired 4 yr old. It’s so much easier to give in than to stand my ground. I of course ended up in tears after its all over feeling like a complete failure

  38. Sara Dodge says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book, as it is often a question I find myself asking.

  39. Maureen Heckroodt says:

    We really need this book for some advice. We have tried almost everything with our 4 children.

  40. This ring so true. As a single adoptive mom of two girls, I feel alone in this journey. It is good to hear that others have the same feelings.. I spent several years feeling scared nearly every day as my youngest went through particular challenges that were very hard on the whole family and required many special interventions before we began to see daylight. I am trying to raise my kids to love God and to be grateful for what He has given us, not always striving to get whatever new thing the world offers. I would love a copy of your book to help me on this journey.

  41. Andrea Johnston says:

    Always reminding our kiddos to be kind, respectful and grateful for what they have. It’s hard when they are those things to everyone besides mom, dad and siblings. It’s tiring but we must press on and not give up.

  42. I neeed this book. I’m raising a 15 year old son and 11 year old daughter!! Enough said! They are precious and amazing but more challenging now than ever. I am faced with decisions on their behalf daily. I feel convicted in my parenting, but it’s not what the other parents are doing. My kids notice. I need strength and guidance from the Lord now more than ever. I am so incredibly blessed to be their mother. I just hope and pray I’m doing them justice. I second guess my self often and pray that God make me a better mother everyday. In Jesus sweet name, Amen?

  43. I need to win a copy of this book. I have two grown up daughters aged 22 and 17. they are very ignorant. They need to be told over and over again to do household chores. If you don’t say it they will be watching the Tv or go out with friends. I have reached a point were I am doing it by myself but with pain in my heart.

  44. I could so use a copy of this book. My son is 17 and has just recently moved to his dad’s because he did not like the rules at my house. Inside my heart, through lots of prayers and counseling I know I have done the best I can and have done the right thing with boundaries I have set but it still hurts and is so challenging giving it all to God knowing he’s got this. God’s got my back and he’s got my son during the challenging teen years. Often I feel like a failure when I see my son taking the road of least resistance and self satisfaction but I stop myself and pray and hand it all over to God and ask him to take my guilt and know I’m doing his will. I also pray he shows me if there is something I need to change in my heart. I just couldn’t do these teen years without my Lord to help me.

  45. This was just what I needed to hear today, I have a 10 year old girl and a 12 year old girl, they both are quite vocal. I would love to read this book x

  46. Thank you! I truly enjoyed reading this! I am so conflicted these days as a single mom raising a teenage girl.

  47. Parenting is hard with 3 strong willed children. I find standing firm and winning the “fight” my most challenging obstacle in parenting. this article really resonated with me. Thank you.

  48. Latory Jemison says:

    Would love a copy of this. Never too early to enstill and practice appreciation and grateful spirits with my 7 and 5 year old as i currently do!!

  49. Having a year old son that wants everything he wants NOW, sometimes makes me wonder how I will handle it when he’s much older (with siblings) and very vocal. This is a good reminder that we are only custodians of these kids and He’ll be with us, in our decisions as mothers, every step of the way….

  50. Thank you for sharing this. This was so encouraging. It is very difficult being a parent. My 5 range in age from 6 (youngest) to 19! We seem to cover the entire spectrum of emotions on a daily basis. It can be hard, for sure and even exhausting at times. My wonderful, wise pastor told me though that it is not my job as a parent to make my kids happy, but to make them holy. Just keeping that in mind daily helps me. That and daily prayer. Thanks again for sharing! Just one more precious reminder from the Lord that He is always by my side!

  51. I have raised 5 biological children and recently adopted 5 more all ages 6-2. Parenting never gets any easier. One is very defiant and there are days it’s so much easier to give in and give up.Would love to read this book.

  52. This was very timely advice for our family.

  53. I would like to read this book and perhaps share it with my cousin who has 4 children.

  54. Thank God that He doesn’t leave us alone to bring up our children. He continues being our parent through the process

  55. I need encouragement on how to raise a grateful stepchild when his mother gives in to his every wish and command. It usually leads to him being angry with his father and I when we say No.

  56. This was such a timely message! I just started out this parenting journey and already realize how scary it can be and how much courage it takes to see your little one upset or hurting. And walking with my sister as she’s facing the behaviors and “saying no”. Thank you so much for this word of truth! That God not only calls us to be courageous but that He will go with us! Would love to win the book to give to my sister 🙂

  57. It has been in the trenches for 2 weeks with a sassy six year old who has nothing but disgruntled sighs and a newfound habit of complaining beyond reason about just about everything…I don’t wanna brush my teeth first, okay you can brush them after jammies, uuggghhh I was going to brush them before so I could [make up something to bolster my made up reason], wow i am confused. We have been working hard to break that and we are seeing light but I feel fear every time I have to address the transgression. Anyway, this could NOT be more timely. Thank you thank you thank you…and funny, I just texted this book’s title and author to my friend who has a heart that is being broken for the less fortunate while her kids were tantrum heartbroken while giving some of their toys and stuff to a homeless shelter. She was so mad and feeling like a failure at the sight of her “ungrateful kids”. I tried to buy the book for her and I but Barnes and Noble didn’t have it. It sounds amazingly like just what we need!!

  58. Amanda Avila says:

    This spoke volumes to my weary heart. I have a testy 3 year old who is a little angel with some pretty challenging moments!!

  59. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad I’m not alone parenting. I need advice on how to Instill Thankfulness in my boys.

  60. I have two teenagers and be pre teen and while they are mostly wonderful kids. Single parenting can really be a challenge 🙂 for different reasons. God has always been there even when I didn’t know it to be true 🙂

  61. With two daughters approaching “tween” years, I fear these types of “stand offs.” Looking forward to reading this book.

  62. I’m afraid that my relationship with my ten year old daughter will end up becoming more and more strained as she gets older. The same has happened between myself and my own mother. I am definitely intimidated to lead with strength and not let it turn into a yelling match with anger. This message definitely spoke to me. Thanks for the insight and I hope and look forward to reading Kristin Welch’s book soon!

  63. At times I’m afraid to tell my almost 4 year old son No because I willingly only have him for half of the time. I miss him while he’s with his biological dad and I want to have have much fun and quality time with him when he is back home with me, my husband and our 2 younger daughters. I know I need to be strong for all of my children so that they will grow up to follow the path that God has created for them. God continues to work in me and my walk with him so I know and have faith that he will help me to raise my children the way that he wants them.
    Thank you God for continually blessing me and my family!!

  64. What a great message! I just decided on Joshua 1:9 as my life verse this last week!!

  65. Lisa Bennett says:

    Wow! A well timed word for this weary soul. Thank you.

  66. I am a mother of three. I always say three although my eldest is my 17 year old step son who lives with us whom I always love dearly as my own. I do my very best to treat him the same way as I do with my two other children. My son is 14 and my daughter is 12. They are all growing so fast. My husband works away from home and he is seldom around. At times I feel so inadequate and do feel that I am failing to discipline my children the right way. I am soft and I do find it worrying that at times they don’t listen to me . I cry sometimes because the load of being a mum, a housewife, a full time student with a part time job of 24-30hrs a week is so overwhelming that sometimes I really don’t know where to start my day. When my two children argue, I feel I am a big failure as mother. and it breaks my heart into pieces. When i read your article this morning, it touched me and i now know that God is with me to help me raise my children according to HIS will.

  67. Holly Willet says:

    It is challenging to not give in and give your child whatever they want, but I’m quickly reminded that I’m raising a child who will one day be faced with the reality that we don’t always get what we want. It it reassuring to know that God is on my side and is with me as a parent as I make decisions on how to best raise my children.

  68. This is exactly the reminder I needed today and well, pretty much every day 🙂

  69. I am afraid of raising ungrateful children. It is hard to instill gratitude into a self centered child. I struggled with these issues into my 30s and I want to help our children learn early to be grateful for everything, even the tough times because they help us to depend on God.

  70. Sounds like an awesome message that I need to read!!!

  71. Coral Weeks says:

    “Is there still hope for raising a 17 year old? Congratulations on your new book. God Bless you and your house

  72. Oh how we could use this book. Our son is grown but has now moved back in along with his child and finance. We raised him to work but he learned this sense for intitlement instead. We struggle daily with how this happened.

  73. Thank you for this Word of Encouragement, raising two step sons – tweens, is challenging. A blended family has its challenges, and as long as my wife and I, stay rooted and grounded, God centered, we are always in agreement.

  74. Yes, parenting is hard! There are days when it seems to get harder and harder. I have a 16 and 13 year old under my roof. Thank you for this encouragement. I needed that reminder that I am not alone and that I can be strong and courageous even in my parenting. It is encouraging to know that other parents are facing the same challenges in raising teens. I would love to read this book and learn more about raising grateful kids. This world is definitely promoting entitlement. The only things we all really need is Jesus!

  75. Would love a copy!

  76. Wow, that came at just the right time! I really needed that encouragement.

  77. Stephanie K says:

    Thanks for today’s message.

  78. I am amazed that even though my girls are 21 and 16 we are still in the parenting dilemma. The challenges have changed, but they are still ever so real. Parenting an adult child may be harder than a toddler. God is good and our girls are growing into beautiful young ladies. I am grateful that He has blessed us in spite of our shortcomings and has shown us that He was there all along. I would love to win a book for my sister, who’s eight year old has some definite challenges with entitlement.

  79. Lauren Orvin says:

    With 2 toddlers in the house, demands are thrown at a whim. Thanks for the reminder to stand strong in the little things with the little ones. I know one day I will be glad for the practice of being corageous in saying “No”.

  80. Tracy Auton says:

    Such great insight and encouragement! I appreciate the honesty and sharing of your parenting struggles. The title of your book sounds so timely for the generation of kids today- thanks for sharing your heart!

  81. This is such a good message for me right now. My oldest daughter (19) decided recently that she wanted to be grown up and move out without a car or a license and into a house with her BF and family.

    She is constantly trying to make me feel guilty for saying no to her. The most recent example is a last minute trip to Florida I have taken with my mom to see my Nana. She wanted to go, but not only do we not have room (took my youngest daughters), I do not have the financial ability to feed and supply her needs on a week long trip. My daughter also has a new job orientation on Wednesday so she wouldn’t have been able to go anyway.

    She is not answering or returning my calls and is barely responding to my messages. She knows this will bother me and I am letting it.

    She wanted to be grown and make her own rules instead of following the ones her dad and I set for her while living in our house. Sometimes I have the hardest time allowing her to learn from her choices and not feel guilty when she tries to blame me for the outcome of what she thinks is best for her life.

    My mom keeps telling me she has to learn that there will always be disappointments in life and she can’t always have it her way. Whether she gets mad or not, I need to stick to my “no” and be at peace with God’s ability to work it all out.

  82. God’s timing is perfect. Thank you for sharing

  83. This is a beautiful message at a time I really need to hear it. My 30 year old daughter died 2 weeks ago after giving birth. I am left to raise her newborn and 7 year old along with my three teenagers. I would really love to receive this book as ifinish raising three teenagers and begin raising my two grandchildren in the love and admonition of The Lord.

  84. Rebecca Smith says:

    Would love to have this book. Thank you.

  85. As a single mom raising a 13year old boy i know what is like to say no and have feelings of anxiety or fear when i say that word. But like I tell my son “God gave you to me and I am responsible for you and as a Christian parent i need to be obedient to God and raise you as the bible says”. I thank God for his word and having my baxk.

  86. Thank you

  87. Loved today’s devotion. Yes it is tough raising Godly children in today’s world. Thankfully we are not alone.

  88. I have four daughters ranging from age 13 down to one year. Parenting is not easy so thank you for today’s encouragement to be strong and courageous in parenting!

  89. Katherine Mace says:

    Sometimes I forget the value of No! I need to keep his promises that he does go with us and he can’t help us to be strong! ?

  90. This was for me! Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone. Would LOVE this book!

  91. Elizabeth Elliott says:

    Thank you for your post and for touching a tender mother heart string for me. I love that courage verse and want to be brave and teach courage to my kids in the process. I’d love to receive a copy of your book and raise more grateful kids!

  92. Loved the scripture passage and message today! I definitely feel just like the mother does in the message! It feels good to know other mothers feel that way too!

  93. Praise the Lord! Thank you! I really needed to hear this. The challenges I have are the same. My son is 23. Never had so many initiative issues, judgement issues etc. but my two girls; we struggle much. I cry, talk, ground, and sometime plead I think, trying to tell them and hopefully show them the ways of God! I tell them I am this way because I am convicted in my spirit to teach you. I am your mother. This is the job the Heavenly Father gave me and I can’t stop ! I love you! I want you to be able to succeed in life and the be who Christ created you to be! I love you! Parenting is the hardest job I have ever had! I got relief when I read this proverb as well as many more. Praise his holy name! Amen! To God be the glory for great things he has done. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me? ???. A sisterhood?, walking hand to hand together! Thanks again.

  94. Sarah Hopper says:

    This devotional spoke to me today. I have 2 children and one of them is very strong willed and so tough to parent. I’m afraid every day that I’m parenting wrong. I would love this book for extra guidance.

  95. I am thankful for this message God sent to us through you! I would love to read this book and then share it with other families. God bless you and your family every second!

  96. It is so hard to tell kids no. I work with kids at my church and one of them is mine. I treat them all equal and say no to certain things like no snack I’d u don’t follow directions. It is so hard knowing that some of the kids do not get a lot of food at home. It usually works though because they are hungry. My heart breaks when I say no but know I am teaching them the truth even though it hurts. Thanks for this encouraging word today. I would like a copy of this book to help me keep on encouraging the kids at my church that God loves them and so do I.

  97. Kemi Oluwadare says:

    Thank you for this courageous words. I hit my son a 7 yrs old) on his head this morning and he hit his eye on d chair, he always looking for one thing or the other, his books are never kept in his bag, he always worked me up. We beat him a lot, compare his 2 sisters. How can i make him to be more organised
    thank you.


  98. I would love a copy of this book for my daughter in law to read. She and my son have 2 daughters ages 7 and 5 and 1 one the way. They already have issues with defiance and behavior. I believe it would be an excellent read for both her, my son and myself. Such a wonderful message! God never forsakes us!!

  99. Wow. 6 kids definitely need this book.

  100. Courtney Holmes says:

    Thank you for that reminder. So often I fail to remember in the moment that my kids are counting on me to stand my ground and are testing my ability to stick with my answer. But fear gets in the way, fear they won’t love me or fear I’m not doing this parenting thong well at all. But knowing God is always with me is a great comfort! I’m going to tuck this verse away for the next parenting challenge!

  101. Reading this brought back memories of raising my now 27 year old son. I would love to see copies of this book in the hands of my grandchildren’s mothers. Great part of a Mother’s Day basket!

  102. Shannon Cline says:

    I would love to read this book for helpful advice raising my 3 boys,as a single Mom, ages 21, 9 and 7 to be grateful for what little we have but still feel that we have plenty and appreciate moments more than things.

  103. Reading this at 4:28 AM as I rock my newborn back to sleep. Would love this book to help raise this new joy and my other young son.

  104. Raising three boys ages 12, 13 and 14. Need I say more? Would love to read your book!

  105. Dawn Hawkes says:

    thank you so much for todays devotional .
    i was just what i need. i have 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl who is 13 and she is hard work right now .but i love her with all my heart and i know with gods help we will get through this time and i know your book would help me a lot .

  106. Wow, exactly word for wordhow I feel daily. thank you for sharing that. I could use some parenting encouragement through your book. ?

  107. Karie Hilley says:

    Thank you

  108. Letitia Yoder says:

    I would love this book! My children are getting to the ages (10 and 13) of more bickering and more resistance and so on. It definitely can feel awful sticking to your guns and the rules you lay out for your kids. It sure can pull at your heart when they get mad and go to their room and shut their door. I would love to read this book!

  109. Mary Maupin says:

    Thank you!!!

  110. Thanks so much for this post. Seems like this is how things are going in our life right now. Ages 21,14, 8, 6 and 1. And I recently had to ask my husband to leave for a temporary separation because of his dysfunctional behavior patterns. Life is hard sometimes isn’t it? ?

  111. Thanks for the encouragement. I would really like to have a copy of this book.

  112. Oh that’s it! Afraid of their reactions! Mine are little and do the drop on the floor and scream scenario. If we’re home, I discipline right away. If we’re in public, discipline is reminded then dealt at home. What always interests me is that my kids want to be held right after they get in trouble. I’d think they’d want to run and hide. But they want relationship even when discipline is dealt. Sometimes my children teach me more about forgiveness than I teach them. Thankful for my blessings! Even when they’re tantrumming again… 🙂

  113. As I read this in tears, I am encouraged. I too haven’t shared this same struggle with anyone except my husband. I have 1 son (12y.o) and 2 girls (6,4 y.o.), but nothing ever prepared me for this part of the journey. I just said to my husband the other day, I don’t like having to do this mom thing. Thank God He’s with us!!!Your book would be a great encouragement and resource! Thanks for offering!!

  114. Elizabeth J. says:

    As a mother and a teacher, I am in situations with children daily which need me to be courageous and not give in our give up. Thanks for the confirmation through your devotion!

  115. Amy Crisp says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  116. Would love to win a copy of this book!! Parenting has been a real struggle lately! Thanks for the encouragement!!!

  117. This is what I definitely needed today. I feel lost quite often in the sea of parenting and wonder how will my kids ever have grateful and God loving hearts. It is a constant battle but one that we must fight with God.

  118. I didn’t raise my daughter her mother did a great job now it’s college time and I remain shut out unless there is something technical needed or I might have some money for once. It is hard knowing what to say or do. This book would help me move forward to be better.

  119. Thank you for sharing. The struggle is real!

  120. Would love a copy of this book.

  121. Lindsey T. says:

    This was a very uplifting message for me. I know parenting is hard and only gets harder as they grow older. I have three boys – 5, 3, and 7 weeks. The older two have become very persistent on requests and demands and it is very difficult to get them to understand the difference between “need” and “want,” especially in this very entitled world. Thank you for the encouraging message and scripture.

  122. As a mom of six boys, I have drilled into them to “say” thank you. But sometimes I wonder, do they really mean it?min this world of instant gratification, there is little respect or validity to the words, thank you. Gracious, we have even shortened the words to “thx” and “u”. This book would be a great way to encourage a truly grateful heart. It is never too late to instill thankfulness.

  123. Charessa bryant says:

    Such a great devotional today. I would love a copy of this book. I have 2 boys and I’m a kindergarten teacher. It is hard to parent. I see so many children that are in charge at school. Not only is it difficult for their parents but their teachers as well. I am so thankful God has allowed me to raise my children. Sometimes you do feel alone because you are trying to raise them correctly while others are not. This devotional is a nice a reminder how God is with you

  124. I SO appreciated your post today! Thank you for the encouragement. I would love
    a copy of your book!

  125. Tracy Larson says:

    Amen! As a child Psychologist and mother (three girls, 13, 8, 6), I have seen entitlement as one of the biggest issues in parenting today. God bless you you and thank you for writing this book!

  126. Parenting is hard! Thank you for this encouragement.

  127. Thank you so much !
    Would really love a copy of this book 🙂

  128. I would love this book! I could use more wisdom in training in this area!

  129. I thank God for new information, I’m a mother of 4 children, separate for 4 yrs out of 26years of marriage, and seam like everyone went haywire after the separation. I see now I missed out on a lot of rule and discipline so now I’m trying to make it right as much as possible. I have myself, 5 grandchildren & 4 children I own that much To make it right.

  130. I am a new empty nester but thank you for keeping it real with this. I used to be afraid when telling my kids “no” that it would effect our relationship negatively (satan is good isn’t he). Your thoughts on “do we have to go back out there” and keeping these things to yourself are ones we all experience and don’t talk about. All the mama’s reading this today just got a great boost in knowing there is nothing wrong with their,parenting if they feel these things. Thanks for keeping it real!

  131. Tanya Shipley says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. As a single mom and middle school nurse, I see the results when we don’t parent with courage and God’s wisdom. I know that He frequently gives us more than we can handle alone so we have to turn to Him for strength and wisdom.

  132. Thank you for this message. I would love a copy of this book.

  133. It took a while for me to learn to stand my ground in parenting, but with the help of God and my husband, I have sawn tremendous growth and maturity in my sons because of it. I encourage other parents to do the same. Thanks for sharing.

  134. I really needed this today. Thank you!!

  135. Thank you for this reminder and wonderful hope restored by Him this morning! As I raise my adopted daughter sometimes is hard to make sense of the journey, but that is not for me to sift out!! Need all the help I can get, as she is asking many questions that i want to answer with Gods words.

  136. I struggle with holding my ground not out of fear but energy as a single parent

  137. Thank you for this great message! I would love to read your book! I have 2 boys and a baby girl and struggle with setting and sticking to boundaries every day. Money is very tight and it’s hard when my older son doesn’t understand that he can’t have it all. I think your book will help me!

  138. Jennifer Wright says:

    The Proverbs 31 email on parenting is scary by Kristin Welch was perfect timing. It never fails to be exactly what I need to hear. So encouraging! I loved Kristin’s story and words of support.

  139. Amen!Amen! Being a teacher for almost 30 years now, I have seen the entitlement progress with generations. As a single mom facing the infancy of a teenage daughter in a social media world I do become concerned with our youth. I would love a copy of your book to read and share with my fridnds facing similiar situations. Thanks!

  140. Great article…….exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you.

  141. Darla Blake says:

    Parenting IS scary. We have 2 teenagers right now and it feels like a daily battle. It’s especially hard when the world around them says “yes” while we are saying “no”.

  142. I needed to hear this. Making the hard decisions as a mom and sticking with them when my girls strongly disagree is so hard sometimes. Thank for the encouragement to be strong and courageous and unafraid because God is with me and will help me. I would love to read your book!

  143. Marci Bailey says:

    God woke me up this morning early and I searched for a devotion. I was encouraged by the message and the timing was impeccable. As a single mom of 2 middle school boys, I really needed this today. Thank you!

  144. Wanda Quijano says:

    Thank you I needed to hear that. It seems lately my 3 kids have been challenging and it’s hard sometimes to see Jesus in them. But I know the Lord is faithful and He is a very present help.

  145. When our first child was a toddler, my husband and I worked as houseparents to a cottage of wayward teens.The boys assigned to us were few short years from adulthood. We gave them a crash course on living in the real world. We learned more than we taught, I think, mainly: as parents, our goal is a godly, responsible adult, not a happy child. It isn’t the happy moment, it is a spirit of gratitude, contentment, perseverance, generosity and joy.

  146. Thank you for this message, it was super encouraging for me this morning! Would love a copy of the book!

  147. Working with inner-city youth this book would be a great asset for me as a parent and a teacher. My students often think they are entitled and now my daughter is starting to have that same attitude. I would love a copy of the book! Thank you!

  148. This sounds like a must read in my household!

  149. Michele Smith says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and encouragement so that I do not feel alone. As a single mom of 2 teenage girls with little support of their father, I struggle often with discipline and decisions regarding the girls. Its nice to know i’m not alone. God bless you!

  150. Excellent post and oh so very real! My mom used to tell me that I didn’t come with an instruction manual but I think, in fact, I did! I love how scripture never fails us. Thank you for the encouragement all parents need even if we won’t admit it.

  151. What a wonderful idea for a book!

  152. Alexis Williams says:

    Great devotion this am. Timing could not have been better. Would love to read your book!

  153. Thank you for the reminder to be strong! It is hard being a parent.

  154. What a wonderful reminder!

  155. Tracey grayzer says:

    Wonderful message! It’s something we all struggle with as parents. I know someone who is really having a tough time with their tween and pray for them daily. I would love a copy of the book to gift to her.

  156. God is always on time. This devotion looks like quotes from my household just yesterday. I am always seeking ways for God to guide my kids. This book seems like just what we are looking for in this season.

  157. Great message! Parenting is scary! My ex left me after 20 years of marriage and I am now a single mom. So I have the added “divorce guilt” that used to make me always go easy on my son because I was afraid to push. God is working me through it, but it’s still hard to stand my ground sometimes. I would love a copy of your book!

  158. Jeni Roop says:

    Thank you for today’s devotion. It was just what I needed as I’ve been struggling with sticking with what is right for my kids even thought it might not make them happy in the moment.

  159. Jen venier says:

    I would love this book.

  160. Jessica Wilson says:

    I need this . I married at 16 and my first born is now 18. I made a lot of parenting mistakes being a young mother . I have a 17 year old and a 9 year old still at home that I seek guidance to be a better mother everyday . It would be an HONOR if I could win this . Thank you in advance

  161. Thank you! This devotional came right on time and spoke to me!

  162. 🙂 I would love to win this book!

  163. Courtney germany says:

    I would love to win this book as a mother, high school teacher, and soon to be youth leader! Thanks!

  164. Ruth McCormick says:

    You are correct when you said that sometimes kids just want to know if you will stay with your decision and not waffle. Good devotion.

  165. Thanks for being so honest. Parenting is challenging at times. I taught for over twenty years, but nothing prepared me for this job.I have an adopted 25 year old daughter. I am now taking care of her oldest. At 49, I had a stroke. God gives gives me strength daily to take care of him. Being a single parent is especially difficult. I am single, but not alone.

  166. Oh how I bet every parent needs to read this book!
    I would love the chance to read it!!!

  167. Selina Bradford says:

    I am dealing with a teenager with anxiety and depression. Resistance is a daily thing for her. I so needed to hear that her resistance is not my failure. Thank you!

  168. The right road IS bumpy. Thank you for the reassurance that we’re not alone and the reminder that we are to be courageous and trust that God is with us each day through all the stages of parenting.

  169. We’re gearing up for high school with twin boys. At the informative meeting last night, one of my boys said he felt like he was going to throw up–not literally, he was just describing his fear of making the transition. If he only knew how his mom felt! I basically have just 4 more years with them and then they are off on their own. Thank you for this devotional and encouragement. I pray that my boys will put God first in their lives and seek his will. I would love a copy of your book!

  170. Tara Jackson says:

    Just glad to know I am not alone….God is with me and others face same struggle in that am I a good parent? ?

  171. Very timely, my husband and I were just discussing the attitude of gratitude (or lack thereof) of our children last night! Would love a copy of this book.

  172. Laurel Wycoff says:

    As a single mom, this is often how I feel. Thank you for the encouragement and the reminder that I am not alone.

  173. Awesome!

  174. Raising kids is definitely not for the faint of heart! Thanks for the encouragement. It is always good to be reminded we aren’t alone in this!

  175. Kelly Hogan says:

    I am so scared of my kids failing, that I do too much for them, and I’m inconsistent with sticking to my “no’s”. I know in the long run I’m not helping them, but it is a struggle for me to follow through every time.

  176. Heather Church says:

    Loved this devotion. I have a 4 year old that tried my patience now. I pray that I can have the resolve to say no when I need to.

  177. Mary Beth Hodges says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear! My hubby changed shifts leaving me with the kids more and the road has been bumpy to say the least!!

  178. Thank you for this devotion. Would be such a blessing to receive the book.

  179. Janet Garner says:

    All I have to say is “God is Good all the time, All the time God is Good!”. The ministry today as many others have struck a strong chord within me as I too am suffering the same pangs about being a mom and a failure. I woke up this morning and feared what will today bring between me and my teenage son with whom communication is nil. I will be looking into your blog for sure. God Bless and keep the good word of the Lord coming.

  180. Thank you Lord! Your timing is always perfect! This is just what I needed today!

  181. Ali Moore says:

    Would love to win the book….raising 3 children has proven to be very challenging. Many prayers daily to help make the right decisions. Thank you for your encouragement.

  182. My husband and I adopted two children on 2/19/13 who were severely traumatized by their biological parents. As a result my husband and I often struggle with making/doing the right things for our children as it relates to disciplining them. Even if I am not selected to receive a copy of your book, your message today was a message from God letting me know that my husband and I did and said the right thing last night as it related to our children. Thank you for the reassurance and reminder that parenting today and everyday is difficult whether it is your biological children, adopted children or foster children. Through God all things are possible, including parenting our children. Bless you and the many other parents who needed to read your message!!!!

  183. I needed that this morning. Thank you!

  184. Oh how I would love to read these words that would help me in raising my only child. These are battles we already face at 6 and I know are just a sampling of what’s to come! Would love to be armored with the right guidance through this book!

  185. laura Morris says:

    This was perfect for me to read this morning. I have an almost 16 yr boy – somedays standing my ground is sooo hard. This ministered to me – Thanks

  186. So true that the more difficult path is often the one leading us to growing! How easy it is to be critical of ourselves and our children. I need to spend more time in Gods word so that his voice will be louder than the other voices!

  187. I have two young sons and one of them we are going through a particularly hard time with. This piece really gave rest to my soul and I’d love to read the whole thing!

  188. Proverbs 31 is a part of my morning devotions and often I find that something not only applies to my life but to the life of my daughter who is raising 4 children, a daughter who is expecting her 1st and a daughter in law who is hoping to be a Mommy one day soon. Today’s writing is one of those that I will share. Having a copy of Kristen Welch’s book “Raising Kids in an Entitled World” would be a blessing! Thanks for the encouraging words. God Bless.

  189. Amy (Canada) says:

    I love our God, he is a good father. This article is so timely as it is bringing a lot of comfort to me. Yesterday we had an episode with our son and I took it very harsly, i was even thinking about seeing someone who could give me some advice . But Isaw this morning what you wrote and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you for sharing.

  190. Consuella says:

    Parenting is not easy! I would love to read and absorb the truths and insights shared and this book then be able to tell other moms in my circle and at my church about it as well.

  191. Thank you for this very encouraging devotion! This was perfect for my family & I will send the verse with each family member as they go off to work & school today!

  192. Very encouraging to know I’m not the only one feeling the tough days of parenting!

  193. Amy Thompson says:

    Parenting is a challenge and a blessing all wrapped up in one!!! I am the mother of 4 children and most days I feel completely inadequate for this mission. In those moments, I remind myself that my confidence comes from Christ. Thank you for encouraging moms today-I agree, “the road is broken and beautiful” at the same time! Blessings! Amy

  194. Stephanie says:

    I would love to read this book. I feel like I struggle everyday guiding my boys.

  195. Thanks so much for sharing this at just the right time! You’re absolutely right…parenting is hard when it’s being done right! Let’s continue to lean on God through this journey of parenthood and cling to all the blessings that go along with it! God bless!

  196. My parents did a beautiful job at raising my brother and I to be thankful and to be content and appreciative of everything we had and didn’t have. Two of the ways he did this that stood out to me was by pointing out the needs of others and letting us help meet those needs with him. We started taking this task upon ourselves eventually and enjoyed doing things like taking cookies to a widow elderly neighbor and sending cards to relatives. He also prided himself on not making things easy for us and not giving us what we wanted. My lesson here came in an older model Corolla that I drove until I graduated college. I was so happy to have a car and washed that thing every week by hand. Today I will never judge someone by what they do or do not have and am still constantly looking out for ways I can bless others and bring my dUghter along. It’s a struggle still to not give my only child everything I can. I’d love to own this book to read, then pass it along in our community! It’s Content is definitely needed by most of us in my circle.

  197. Thanks for that devotional. Perfect for the stage we are in right now !

  198. Jenny Molepske says:

    I so needed this today. We’re going through a stage where we are trying to change the negative dynamic that has happened within our family. There are days that our children are resistant, I’m tired, and it just seems easier to give in. Thanks for helping me want to keep my resolve that in the end it will make us better as individuals and a family.

  199. This devotion really hit home with me. I am in the beginnings of the teen years and am starting to see glimpses of changes in my kids. I want to teach them to be kind and thoughtful and this devotion calmed me and gave me hope! I just ordered your book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World…can’t wait to start it!

  200. God is great and works in great ways. He has been giving me confirmation about a major decision all weekend. As I faced another decision I began to cower, and here is this post to encourage me to walk upon the water. To parent tough kids. God is faithful and I Am convinced that not only does he love me tremendously, but he also the little people that I will serve in a great way. Thank you to all the women of Proverbs 31 for such a ministry as this.

  201. Thank you for the encouragement! I needed this today!

  202. Amanda Davis says:

    Helping my children to learn gratitude and to see beyond their lives is a daily challenge. My family is blessed beyond measure and we all take it for granted sometimes. I pray the Lord will give me the strength to stand strong for His kingdom and to train up His children for His glory!

  203. Lori Ainsworth says:

    My biggest fear? Turning my daughter only 4 1/2 years old, against God. The rest is scary but not as scary by far.

  204. Janet Shook says:

    I truly get a blessing from reading the devotions every day. Would love to have a copy of your parenting book for my daughter who has 3 children ages 7 and under. Thank you in advance and God bless you

  205. Thank you for this timly message!!! I have been having battles with my 3year old and I begin to get upset easy and I think it’s because I am afraid we are going to have a battle everytime it is bedtime! Tonight when I put her to bed I am going to pray before and remember god is with me! I love to win a copy then to pass along to other parents who are in our parenting lifegroup we lead!

  206. I would love to have a copy of this book. I am a mother of 3 but also a teacher and would love to have insight for my own children and those I teach everyday.

  207. Tara korbe says:

    I love , “Sometimes our kids ask for something or demand their way, not to get us to say yes, but to see if we will stick with no.” I would be very thankful to receive your book. I definitely sounds like something me & a few of my friends would benefit from.

  208. Cindy Horton says:

    Loved the devotion! Raising kids is hard but thank God he is with us!!

  209. Cindy Dumke says:

    Thank you! God is good, this is exactly what I needed to hear this morning! I’m not sure how long the pushing back on rules and just plain being stubborn will last, but I’m thankful for a God who sees us.

  210. I would love to have a copy of this book! I am struggling with contentment and entitlement in my child (only 5, but it will only get worse as she gets older).

  211. Barb Lefebvre says:

    Would love to share with my son and his wife as they raise my grandbabies.

  212. This book would be great to give to my daughter. It helps to know God is with us and other parents struggle. Thank you.

  213. In this world of “entitlement” I’d love a resource such as this book to help guide me with my own children. I’d love to share it with other parents in the school where I teach as well.

  214. Thank you for the inspiring words on Encouragement Today. It was right on time. I have 3 children (15,21,22) and it seems as they get older it gets harder to parent them. They argue, disrespect each other (one particular child more than the other two) , complain. I feel as if the only way I would get any respect as a parent is to yell or tell the older ones to leave the house but I pray and ask God to help me be who He sent me to be as their mom. I love my children very much and it’s so hurtful that in return they fight light enemies. I feel like I have failed. Thank you for your words. God bless you

  215. Jackie record says:

    Sounds awesome I need this book

  216. Julie Delesdernier says:

    I have two boys three and seven. The younger learning how to accept no for an answer and the older diagnosed with ADHD so he is constantly hearing the word no. As I prepare for my first mission trip, I am seeing how much we have and how much we still want. I want to be grateful in all things as an entire family unit. Instead of hearing “but mom!” I want to hear “yes ma’am” and I want to respond to God’s no’s with the same respect “yes, my Lord”.

  217. Your post made me pinpoint what I’m feeling when I have to stand my ground. I never thought I was afraid, but when I look back to situations, I believe I really was. I dreaded those moments…and still, do, lol…but now I know what to speak specifically against in prayer to conquer it, and praying the Word, works wonders! Thank you for sharing your words and scripture to go with it!! 🙂

  218. Thank you for this reminder! With all that I tackle every day as a Mother and Wife (and daughter and full-time employee), I often feel like I do not have the strength or energy for the battle with my 8-year-old. I am reminded that my strength does not come from within, but from above. 🙂

  219. Stephanie McGowan says:

    Parenting… one of the most trying of times, but if done in love, is the most rewarding.

  220. Deanna Thacker says:

    Thank you for those words. I am a new mom whose parents did a brilliant job raising to be grateful in most things. I pray that I can be a fraction of parent to my little boy that my mom was to me.

  221. After a frustrating day with our son yesterday, this was a very needed and timely message. Thank you.

  222. Renae Banks says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book. Parenting is hard, but parenting grateful kids is even harder. Thank you for the courage I have been longing for, to stand my ground. GOD BLESS!

  223. Perfect timing! I was just laying In bed considering letting my daughter go somewhere tonite that I grounded her from. I was such a mess at 16! My daughter has been so much better. That can be a problem– when she pushes her boundaries, I get mad but then think how much better she is than I was, so I “cut her slack”.
    I notice an entitlement mentality creeping in and have been catching her in lies lately. I created this. I need to fix it. I tell my kids every decision you make serves either God or the devil. I need to start reminding myself that applies to me, too. My decisions are not godly and not steering my kids to a thankful attitude.
    Thank you for the words of encouragement. I will be strong and courageous today.

  224. Linda Shawcross says:

    Look forward to reading some encouraging words….

  225. I’m pregnant with my second and would love to have a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled world!

  226. I’m a single mom raising 3 teenage boys by myself. I’m out-numbered by three giants who are certain they know it all and I’m just here to keep them from having fun. I so needed your words of encouragement to remind me I’m not alone and that the Lord is with me in the battle to raise Godly young men. Thank you.

  227. Jodi Smith says:

    I would love a copy of this book! This devotional was what I needed. Thank you

  228. Would love to read this book .

  229. Stephanie says:

    Wow, such encouraging words! I really needed these inspiring words. Parenting can be challenging and it’s good to see that I’m not alone. I’m currently dealing with a 16 yr old daughter that has depression and has even had suicidal thoughts. I’ve been praying for God’s guidance and then came this message. I’m so grateful to be his servant, because God provides what we need when we need it. Again thank you and continue to let God use you to bless others.

  230. Thank you for this encouragement today. Although my daughter is just 14 months, I still wonder almost daily if I’m doing what’s right for her. I want to instill principles for Godly parenting now so that it’s a little easier the older she gets.

  231. I would love to win a copy of this book! I am now a grandma, which in its own right can be a different kind of challenge! I love this devotional. It’s actually helpful in my own life in regard to the daily struggles I face! Thanks!

  232. I am just starting out on my parenting journey and I love reading these experiences! What a great reminder of the truths in being a parent and how God is always faithful to us, reminding us and encouraging us!

  233. Malinda Martin says:

    I have two children and would love to read this book!

  234. Donna Spayd says:

    Thank you for the great reminder.

  235. Carrie Johnson says:

    I would absolutely love a copy of this book. It’s not easy raising appreciative kids in this day and age…any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

  236. So thankful for this message today! Parenting is hard and I needed the reminder that God is with all of us in the eye rolling, door slamming, sulking, silent treatment moments!

  237. Christins says:

    Great reminder.

  238. Such a great parenting devotional. One to keep and look back on when parenting gets a little overwhelming. As a mom of 3 boys I would love a copy of the book.

  239. Love the encouragement on parenting. Thank you.

  240. Rhonda Hill says:

    This hit home today . Thank you

  241. Ashley dye says:

    I want so bad to raise a grateful child. I pray every day God will guide me!

  242. Thank you for this message! My daughter came home discouraged after a debate with a classmate about if God exists. She stood for truth.

  243. Anissa Pooser says:

    Would love to win this book! Thank you for the encouraging words!

  244. I read this today and felt like I was reading a page out of my own life! Thank-you for this word. I look forward to reading the book.

  245. We have a very difficult child. She is 9 and we struggle with her ADHD and major behavior issues. She has problems in school and we often get phone calls. She cannot handle the word, “no” any way it is said or given. It’s so tiring. She listens to her father, but will constantly yell and talk back to me. Her behavior has worn on me and I am now struggling myself with extreme anxiety and panic disorder. I’m at my wits end and just want her to have a beautiful life. I feel I’m destroying it.

  246. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! It seems like a like the perfect title for my current concerns with my 4 year old.

  247. Lauren Wigginton says:

    Would LOVE to learn more about raising grateful children!

  248. Jen Brown says:

    Great message this morning! Raising kids is hard!

  249. Oh the Lord knew I needed this today. I’m mom to a 15 YO son. I’ve been stressing over how well I’ve tried to teach him and how many times I feel like I’ve failed. Thank you for the the tough that if it’s not hard, we may may not be doing it right. 🙂 I need the encouragement from this excerpt today. It would be a blessing to win the book and read even more. I know I’m not the only one going through this, and it brings comfort to know I’m not alone. God bless you.

  250. Raising kids is hard especially in todays society.

  251. Shelly Burns says:

    Thank you for your words everyday; they’re a blessing! I would love to win a copy of this book as I often feel like I’m not doing this parenting thing right. It’s so good to know He is with us always!!

  252. Natasha Henderson says:

    Funny how this came right when I needed to hear it 😉 I would.love to win a copy of.the book you mentioned.

  253. Beautiful timing of this message. Second time in as many days that I have been reminded of Joshua 1:9. God is speaking truth and I must listen!

  254. I would really like to read the book!
    And, it would be great if I won it!

  255. The devotional was perfect timing. I just had a conversation with my daughter last night. “Mom, why can’t I …. all my friends are.” and “Will you think about it?” It is a little scary and challenging to stick to the “no”. I would love to read your book. It is a needed subject for our daughter. The title is a statement I make often, but her heart is often not grateful.

  256. Kathy Hughes says:

    Both of my girls are older, but a Mom always a Mom. We still need to be consistent and stay strong. To continue to love them and pray them through the challenging times of life.

  257. Thank you for this today, I feel it was written for me. I was challenge last night by my 10 year old daughter when I told her no. Then felt guilty for my answer and almost changed my mind but then said a little prayer and stuck to my decision. I’d like to win a copy of this book!

  258. Jessica G says:

    This is a great topic children are a great deal of time .We don’t have a book on how to be parents yes there is books . Children are not the same.Sometimes some of us don’t won’t to be like are parents .The times are different much more different then the 70-80s we all just want to be great parents.

  259. Stephanie says:

    Great encouragement today as too often we feel alone in our parenting, like “no one else has this struggle with their kids”. So nice to be reminded and encouraged that we aren’t alone. That other parents do have these confrontations too, but most importantly, that God is our strength and refuge.

  260. Thank you for this! It came at the perfect time in my life.

  261. This devotion was perfect for me this morning as my husband and I continue to reinforce a new rule as it relates to the use of tablets. Getting kids to realize that certain activities are privileges to be earned and that when you are intentional in your efforts to be grateful, responsible, respectful, and helpful it is much easier to earn those privileges. Knowing that my strength and courage come from God and that I am never alone, even when I am parenting a teen, preteen, and toddler, gives me such comfort and freedom. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and future.” is one of my core life verses and I have found that when I remember that this verse doesn’t just apply to me but to my children as well, it gives me the encouragement I need to know that this season too shall pass and that my babies will be just fine because we are raising them according to His will and word.

  262. Who couldn’t use help in parenting? We have 2 boys, 18 & 13. Practical biblical advice is always welcome, especially at this age. It’s so hard to be consistent with discipline & raise grateful kids. I’d love the book!

  263. I woild love to read this book for hekp with raising my 3 children. It is so tough to raise grateful kids in this day and age.

  264. Christian Brown says:

    I think kids now a days just assume everyone owes them something. My prayer for my children is to start being grateful for the things they have been so truly blessed with. I would love to read this book and get another view on how to raise grateful children.

  265. First comes sincere prayer to God for guidance when raising our family. Thank God for people who also share their values and ideas helping those who seek guidance and reassurance. Looking forward to reading the book.

  266. I have recently felt led to encourage other ladies in this crazy thing called parenting. I was even blessed with the opportunity to lead a small group session on this topic. This book would be a tremendous resource for me!

  267. As I read this I felt like I was reading my story. Scenes as describe happen much more often than I’d like with our children ages 6,11 and 14. There are many times I fee like a failure, gratefulness and compassion seem gone from our home. Thank you Kristen for keeping it real, and for the reminder that God is with us in these moments of despair and frustration. It is Satan telling me we are failures, I need to filter out his voice and listen to our Lord instead . I have never thought of applying Joshua 1:9 to parenting but it will be my new “power parenting” verse.

  268. Thank you for a chance to win this book. I am desperately trying nitntonraise entitled kids in this generation. I’m excited to have this resource.

  269. Some a timely message! I’ve been struggling with one of my children who has such a grumbling attitude and seems to complain about everything. It’s been very discouraging, but I’m glad I’m alone in this battle and glad I have a Great God on my side to help me. Thanks for the encouragement to not give up! Sound like a great book that would have some great help and encouragement!

  270. Leanne Black says:

    Thank-you for this devotion today. It is just what I needed to read after a day I had yesterday with my middle daughter.

  271. I have 4 kids and struggle with discipline. If I do it the right way, according to the Bible, it feels good for all parties but so many times I do it the wrong way. Not sticking to my “no’s” is one way I fail. Would love to read this book and gain some insight and courage 🙂

  272. I’m a new parent, and like so many other parents I think that todays devotional was beneficial. It’s always great to hear insight on how to help our kids and family along so everyone is on the same page with how things work. We sometimes get stuck and I’d love to win a copy.

  273. Tonya Burg says:

    This book would be great! Thank you for encouragement and parenting help!

  274. I have three boys who try my patience daily! I have found that prayer works…. Would love to read this book!

  275. My daughter is 3 and already I’m hearing “we can buy ……”; I’d love to start her on the path to gratefulness (I’m sure it will help me, too)!

  276. This book sounds exactly like the encouragement I need to hear.I look forward to reading it!

  277. Wow! Did I ever need this today. Your book would help me during those difficult kitchen stand off moments.

  278. Kira lucero says:

    Great article… I’m glad I’m not the only that feels its a struggle with the kids on a daily basis… This is a world where kids these days feel they are entitled to everything.

  279. Have 4 kids ages 7 to baby…would love them all to be more grateful!!

  280. This looks like a great book that all parents should read!

  281. As a mother to five children (three of which share time with their dad), I would love a copy of this book. Having different households (which don’t parent the same), is a tough task for not only me, but for all of the children. My relationship with Jesus is the only thing that gets me through this wonderful gig called parenting. 🙂

  282. Robin Ylinen says:

    Great reminder that we are not alone with the feelings/struggles & to keep moving forward and stay strong.

  283. I’d love a copy of the book! We have 2 middle schooler girls and the struggle is REAL!

  284. Stephanie Miller says:

    I would love to have this book!

  285. Thank you for this devotion. I have 13 & almost 11 year old. Definetly dealing with these issues in my life now. Would love this book for encouragement.

  286. Parenting is hard and rewarding at the same time. Thanks for the reminder that God is there with me in both the hard times and the rewarding times. Thanks for reminding me it is okay to sometimes disappoint a child when not letting them have something they want or not letting them go somewhere they want to.

  287. Theresa Walker says:

    Thank you so much for the encouraging devotional this morning–I would love to win a copy of your book so I can read more!!!

  288. As a mom a recently turned 3 year old, this was so wonderful to read this morning. Parenting is hard and I’m grateful to learn these lessons when my child is young. Thank you for sharing.

  289. Isabel Jennings says:

    I so needed this reassurance today. I am not alone. I am not a bad mom because the road is bumpy. Thank you.

  290. Thank you, such a great reminder! Often feel alone in doing the really hard , but correct parenting.

  291. Melissa Little says:

    Thank you for encouraging words this morning! I often times question my parenting and this is just what I needed to hear!

  292. I saw this book in the book store the other day and wanted it so badly but could not afford. Then this morning this devotional popped up and reminded me of how much I need/want to read this book! Please pick me to receive one! Thanks!

  293. College Zinsmeyer says:

    I have an emotionally disturbed 14 son whom I battle with constantly which in returns makes me feel a failure as a parent but most importantly to our LORD whom has untrusted him to me. HELP!

  294. Oh my could I use this book. We have 2 daughters, 17 and 14 and entitlement seems to be the code word!!!!! Not fun and so hard to hold my ground when it is so tempting to just say yes and the “discussion” would be over. The title of the book alone hit’s the nail on the head.

  295. Parenting is hard and not everybody gets to do it. I’m thankful everyday that I was chosen, despite the heartache it can bring.

  296. I have four children, ages 14, 12, 6, and 4, and sometimes I feel like a failure at this whole mom thing. I would love to be more confident that I am leading them all to be more grateful.

  297. Jennifer Lovenduski says:

    I read this today just after my kids got on the bus to go to school. It had been one of “those” mornings. I was broken , feeling totally defeated and a failure at parenting. This was exactly the reminder that I needed to put things in perspective. As I sobbed through this piece I was hopeful knowing it is a normal parenting struggle because so often I ask God to tell me what I’m doing wrong. Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to hugging my kids when they get home!

  298. God has trusted me with three of His children and I am thankful everyday for this Blessing. I think parenting became easier when I learned that my children do belong to God.

  299. Sounds bad but it is relieving to know that so many others struggle with the same things in raising their kids. It helps me to know I’m not alone in this journey. Would love a copy of the book as I continue to raise teenagers. Thanks for a timely post!

  300. What a great truth and reminder for us mothers out there. We need to stand strong with our word for our children. Thank you for this reminder.

  301. What hopeful and encouraging words for parents! This is one of my favorite scriptures, too.
    I’m sure your book is wonderful as well – I’d love to give it to my daughter, who is the only parent to a beautiful inside-&-out 12 year old girl (whose birthday is today!)
    I just know that my daughter has so many challenges ahead in coming years, but I hope and pray that she relies on God to be with her each step of this journey.

  302. Marie Cadden says:

    We so need this @ my house!

  303. Would love to read this book and glean some insight on raising kids in an entitled world!

  304. What am I not afraid of. I am afraid of my kids not liking to be around me when they are older, like I do t like being around my dad.

    I am not going to worry about the future but instead focus on the present and sticking up for my self and what I said. And I am going to start say yes more to the girls instead of no all the time.

  305. Leanne G. says:

    This really touched me today. I am a single parent raising three children, two of them are teens. We are fairly new Christians (since 2013). We will be going to a new level this month my son will be 16 and wouldn’t you know it he is starting to be interested in girls. I know this is normal but I am concerned that he isn’t strong enough to fight temptations. I know he grew up seeing the wrong way to live and I’m just not sure if three yrs. has balanced that out.

  306. Parenting is a daily challenge. Lord,help me to remember that this is a marathon not a sprint! (Sometimes that requires a lot of stamina.) Great insight – would love to read more.

  307. Mary Littrell says:

    What a great resource!! You can’t ever get too many words of encouragement and leadership when it comes to our children. The Lord is the way.

  308. Thank you for this! After just having to ground my 18yr old daughter for the first time I needed to read this!

  309. Sherry Pentecost says:

    Seriously? Were you standing in my living room yesterday? It is by no coincidence that your devotion was published today! As my 8 almost 9 year old daughter sat at the piano last night with her arms crossed refusing to do her 20 mins of daily practice, I was feeling the same frustration. Thank you for lifting my spirits this morning!

  310. Needed this encouragement today.

  311. FTM here, and I so needed this today. Even though my son is only one, the weight of raising a grateful, godly son sits heavily on my shoulders. Thank you for this reminder that God is always with us, and that we are not alone on this journey!

  312. Oh my goodness, with an 18 mo old and a 4 yr old, I’m increasingly aware of how difficult it is to teach little ones to have good hearts. I guess that’s what God thought too, when he did the hardest thing and came to model it for us.

  313. Beth Thomas says:

    Sounds like a helpful book. Thanks for the devotion today. I think every parent has been there at some point.

  314. Rhonda Roth-John says:

    Thank you for pertinent prayers & scriptures! Sometimes it’s difficult to formulate the thoughts much less the words when you need God’s ever ready help!

  315. Liz Flurry says:

    I am many times told my children “don’t be a globe head. The world does not revolve around you.” I want my kids to think outside of themselves. It is hard. Parenting is hard! I would really love s copy of this book!

    • I am totally going to borrow your “globe head” line! It made me smile and I think my kids will appreciate the humor/reality of it. 🙂
      Thank you!

  316. Shannon Winkle says:

    This book sounds amazing! My husband and I ask each other this question regularly! I want my kids to be grateful!!

  317. Carrie Malone says:

    What a refreshing message this morning! I feel most moms can relate. I will use this verse to meditate on to strengthen me 🙂 Your book I know will inspire othersas well. Thank you for sharing!

  318. Thank you for your words this morning. It couldn’t be more timely. 🙂

  319. I needed this one today!

  320. In today’s world it seems as if my husband and I are alone in not granting every wish and whim of our children. However, my daughter, a junior in HS, often (not always!) appreciated when we say no so that she doesn’t have to! It’s so nice to know that we aren’t alone.

  321. Sandy Walden says:

    Great devotional. As a step-mom, sharing the responsibility of raising our children with another parent who is an unbeliever and has a worldly, sometimes entitled, set of morals & values, this task can be daunting & unfortunately most difficult for our children. Thanks for the encouragement.

  322. Thank you for writing this message. It’s funny how God puts just the right message in your hands just when you need it. Raising two teenagers is bumpy most days. I know the destination is Jesus, just paving our way to get there everyday ❤️

  323. I learned that losing my mother abruptly at an early age, temporarily locked me in a box of thinking “if something happens today, what last memory will my children have of me”?. I was careful to speak my mind in fear of abandonment. I now find courage and peace in knowing that perfect love cast out all fear and I can stand because He stands with me. Now, to standing in love with two sons 2 and 6 and a 19 year old daughter. Yes, that’s a real spread, but I’m not afraid.

  324. Tammy Harris says:

    This is definitely what I needed. I wish I had read it before last night.

  325. As a retired middle and high school educator, I am glad to see Kristen address a much-needed area of focus. I look forward to reading this book.

  326. Mary crum says:

    Loved this devotional

  327. Thank you for speaking to my heart and reminding us these times are all worth it.

  328. Katie Bailey says:

    This is just what I needed to read first thing this morning! Yesterday evening was pretty rough with my 2 boys. Thank you for this wonderful message,

  329. Elizabeth Deal says:

    I would love to read this book!!

  330. Beth scarbrough says:

    After raising 2 pretty grateful kids I’m raising my 3rd little blessing we have a 22 year old 29 year old a 5 year old it’s so different this go around would have loved your book 23 years ago and would love it today!!!

  331. I’m grateful my friend shared this devotional with me today. Since my husband passed two years ago, I’ve been prayerful, fearful, and a myriad of other emotions when it comes to establishing a new norm for my young son. He tests the boundaries all the time, leaving me wondering if I am doing a good job parenting. This devotional was a great reminder that God is going through this with me.

  332. I would LOVE a copy!! 🙂

  333. A great, refreshing, and encouraging message! Feeling alone and afraid while we parent can be challenging and overwhelming, but like you mentioned; to know we have the love and help from our wonderful Lord eases our frustrations and redirects our focus to loving and disciplining our children just as he does!
    Thanks for the great words! ❤️

  334. Sara Boyle says:

    This is just what I needed to hear after a rough night with homework and getting the kids off to bed. I often ask myself, am I the only parent who gets so frustrated with my kids? I often feel like a bad mom cause I can’t seem to “control” what my kids are doing and I’m a second grade teacher! This stuff is what I do all day, why can’t I get my own children to listen, I can get 24 to listen! This helped me revisit what’s important and what I must remember as a mom! Thanks!!

  335. This was p erect timing as I just had a stand off in my kitchen with my 4 year old over pancakes. It’s never over anything big at this age, but can be hrs to stick to your guns none the less!

  336. I am a Nanna and love my grandchildren very much. I also volunteer with our children’s and youth’s ministry at my church. My heart hurts because of the children I see with no boundaries and no parent involvement. it seems the only parenting they receive are while they are attending our programs at church.

  337. I was so blessed to read this today! My brand new 13 year old can rip our day apart with her moods and honestly it makes me want to flee hearing my kids go at each other. Such a great reminder to be courageous. I really want to read this book now.

  338. It is terribly hard to parent your children today especially if you want them to follow a Christian path. I pray for God to reclaim what the locust has eaten to cover the holes and mistakes in my parenting.

  339. If I’m honest, I’m afraid that I’ve set too many rules and boundaries, and that my daughter will rebel against it and torn away from us, and consequently God. This is a good reminder that boundaries are there for both our sakes!

  340. I enjoyed reading this devotional today. Each day I try to incorporate lessons of gratitude with my two children. Some days are challenging and this is a reminder that saying no is ok. Thank you.

  341. Susan Christian says:

    Great reminders for every parent. He calls us to lead our children, even when it’s hard or scary. I needed these words today, so thank you for sharing them!

  342. I am thanking the Lord that He brought me to this article.
    I have a son with special needs and often I can become discouraged and overwhelmed by his behavior. I know that God has me on a journey of setting realistic expectations and boundaries for him , but also loving him even when it is exhausting to do so. Sometimes it is easy to get into a trap of saying yes because it is easier, but that might not be the most loving thing to do.
    This article reminded me of the importance of mustering the energy to do what is ultimately in my children’s best interest. Thanks

  343. Oh my goodness…read this right as the oldest and I were arguing about here “fender bender” and her responsibilities to drive safely and take care of the repairs. Thank-you SOOO much for reminding me that although I am FAR from being the perfect parent, I may not be getting it wrong when I stand strong in holding them to a high standard and expecting them to work towards it!!!

  344. This was much needed today! I have such a hard time of not wanting my girls to be upset with me. I have a 3 year old (as of yesterday) and a 9 month old. I needed those verses as reminders that God is with us wherever we go! Thanks for being so open and for such words of wisdom!

  345. Jennifer Biggs says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely post. I often struggle with my own feelings of insecurity when trying to figure out how to parent three boys. Your article really struck home with me.

  346. I would love to hear more of your stories of how to raise children in this world. I work day care and oh the challenges we see. Thanks for sharing.

  347. It’s amazing how God gives us just the right devotional at just the right time. Thank you.

  348. I foster children and have been for 11 years sometimes when you have to punish the children you have to be firm with your decisions,and that is hard to do at times knowing what they have come out off, but I know Gods word and I try very hard to stand firm! But I have these days when it is easier to just let it go but if I do,I know the next battle will be harder yet! I can remember when I over heard my daughter telling her friend that she was grounded and her friend wanted her to go some where with her and told her to start driving me crazy and I will let her go. Well my daughter new how I was so she told her friend that she would get more time if she ask! I thank God he gave me his wisdom too know how to stand with no fear! parenting with other peoples children you need all the help God has too offer and believe me I am always asking for his guidance on this matter.

  349. At almost the age of 60, my four children 24-35, I still find myself discouraged. I find that even at this age they stil seem to feel entitled. It also makes me think and wonder if I do and act the same to God, that I feel entitled and shouldn’t. I need to be a better daughter. I want to be a better women. I want to be a better mother to understand, to help them understand. So that they can better understand their children.
    Thank you…

  350. Karissa C says:

    This post is so true. My own insecurities and weakness lead me to want to give in, but I know it’s better for my daughter that she sees that my word means something. I pray I’m doing it the best way for her though. Sometimes I feel I’m too strict, and that I need to pick my battles. My daughter is only two (almost three) and I’m doing it on my own, so my battles are just beginning! I pray I get closer to God daily and learn to trust Him at all times in this parenting thing!

  351. My husband and I were dealing with the same exact thing last night with our oldest son. It was pretty discouraging because parenting can make you feel like a failure but we also knew in our hearts that the action we had to take for our son’s disrespect was what God called us to do as parents. This devotion came at just the perfect time to give us encouragement. I forwarded it to my husband and told him he could easily replace the word mom or dad!!

  352. Thank you so much for today’s devotional – it’s so what I needed to hear! So often as parents we don’t think that anyone else is facing the parenting challenges that we are. Thank you for sharing and for encouraging us.

  353. I completely identify with this post. I appreciate this devotional today. Thank you!

  354. Sharron Goodwin says:

    Thank you so much for the reminders. My husband and I have adopted three grandchildren and are doubting our abilities at our ages. We struggle with telling them no when they have lost so much already but know in our hearts we need to set limitations just as God had limitations for us. We want them to know the real world does not cut you any slack and you need to be experienced in handling all types of instances along life’s way. Thanks for reminding me of the words God has given to encourage and give strength to teach but still be loving in all things. God’s Blessing!

  355. Thank you Lord for the perfect timing of these words. Blow up with my daughter this morning, tears and silence on the way to school. Immediately, I want to say I’m sorry but then will the lesson be learned? Please soften my daughter’s heart full of attitude and entitlement. Show me how to teach without losing my mouth. Help!

  356. I had a hard day yesterday and this was perfect for me to read today!! I would love a copy of the Book Raising Grateful Kids and any advice I can get on raising our 5 children!!

  357. Thank you so much for sharing what it takes to be a Jesus-centered home! I remember reading a note from another author that asked the question “Would someone know they were in a Christian home when they walked into your home?” It’s a presence not just a few religious pictures.

  358. I never expected to find myself still “parenting” an adult child… How true that those “terrible twos” are just the beginning of the challenges that intertwine with the joy!

  359. This was so relevant to me!! Thanks know you so much. I hope to get a copy of your book. We are on a budget right now and the no has to be more frequent on certain things. I’m grateful even for that though because it decreases the amount of entitlement they are exposed to. This was wonderful. God bless

  360. Today’s kids do have the air of entitlement and I need help in raising my teenage son to be grateful. I think this book would help make our journey better.

  361. Thank you so much for this devotion. I have been battling this issue with my daughters and battling with myself on how to raise them. I am glad to know it’s a struggle for everyone.

  362. Sometimes it feels like a constant struggle teaching gratefulness to our children in this culture. Loved this devotion

  363. I need help! We do not give our children everything they ask for, and yet they still act so entitled. Would love a copy of the book to figure out some ideas to help teach them gratitude.

  364. Would love a copy of the book! Thanks for the encouragement!

  365. Karen DuBois says:

    Would love a copy of your book!! What I’m afraid of most is the fact I can erase what my children went through before we adopted them….and how that will affect all of us for the rest of our lives.

  366. Angie Sims says:

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Yes, I have wondered, am I the only mother that struggles with this. Thank you for sharing God’s word in relation to this journey. Often I take a brief moment to ask God to give me strength and courage, to guide and guard my words, before “I walk back in the kitchen”. Prayers that this devotional will be a blessing to many more moms!
    My son is 14 and his father and I divorced when he was 4 years old. Thankfully he is a child that is loved by and has a relationship with both mom and dad. Being divorced and having different views and parenting styles has brought it’s challenges to raising a child. One thing that I do struggle with is my son’s sense of entitlement. He has so much to be grateful for, yet an attitude of entitlement greatly outweighs his gratefulness. I’m happy to see that authors are offering material on this subject.
    God’s Blessings to you!

  367. I paused to read this devotion this morning – when I often feel too busy to read anything. I’m the mom of two toddlers and definitely related to the devotion, and definitely struggle in the raising and rearing of my children. I will check out this book – sounds *really* good. Will have to find time to read it! 🙂

  368. This was very encouraging Kristen! As a parent to an infant, I’m constantly asking the Lord to help me raise my daughter with a spirit of humility, obedience, and discipline.

  369. Stacey zbyszinski says:

    Needed this reminder and encouragement today. We gave the same struggles with our 12, 10, and 8 year olds.

  370. God is so good! Always answering prayers, I needed to hear this today. Feeling like a failure lately with my 3 sons.

  371. Thank you!

  372. parenting is getting more difficult with my four year old daughter and two year old son. Throw in a newborn and it’s a recipe of sibling rivalry for momma’s time and a lot of back talking. I’d love to read this book!

  373. Nicole Powell says:

    Thank you so much for today’s message. I totally needed it after struggling with my daughter yesterday. It was right on time for beginning today. I pray that I can carry more grace with me today. God Bless you all.

  374. My husband and I talk often about our kids entitlement attitudes. We feel lost when trying to come up with practical ways to speak wisdom into our kids that will induce gratefulness in them.

  375. Janice Brock says:

    This is my quote for 2016 – Rid yourself of entitlement and develop a mindset of “what am I responsible for?” Not only in children, but adults too.

  376. summer Stuart says:

    Wonderful blog, thanks for sharing. I have 4 kiddo’s and I loved your reading. Hope to check out your book..

  377. Wow thank you for your encouraging words. Lately, my daughter has been giving an attitude when it comes to her brother. She doesn’t act very Christ like at all. This is very disappointing to me. My son is also having a hard time at school with his academics. It requires a lot of my attention. I love my kids and want to see them succeed in life! I know the Lord would want the same as well as my fellow moms out there.

  378. I soooo need to read this book. I am the mother of three -20, 18 and 10. Although you would think I’m out of that stage with two daughters on the older side, but sadly I am not. Mostly because of my middle child. She is 18 year and still feels entitled and throws tantrums similar to how she did at 14 but now as she’s getting older it is harder to dish out the punishments without hearing, ” I’m an adult!” Please send help!

  379. Please enter me into the drawing! Thanks

  380. My biggest challenge/scariest thing as a parent I think is knowing the right answers. Their father and I are divorced, and he has come out as a transgendered woman. It’s hard to know how to handle that and faith and teach them right without being the person they turn away from. They are only 8 & 9.

  381. I wish I would have “stuck to my guns” more when my kids were small. Its easy to say yes when you want to say no to avoid the fight. As my children are older now, they understand this principle and I see in my youngest daughter, she was not blessed from the times when I said “yes”. She is struggling and I wish sometimes I had a “do over”. My grandchildren are now reaping the benefits of my hind sight and I hope it makes them and myself stronger. I realize now, which I didn’t realize then, God is always with me…..and them.

  382. Elisabeth says:

    It’s so hard raising grateful kids today . I feel like my husband and I are doing ok but could always use more tips and encouragement.

  383. This devotional is just what I needed. I have 3 kids, one being 13. Some days are so hard with them. Good reminder that God is with me every step of the way. The book sounds great. Would love a copy.

  384. Thank you for your encouraging words. In my morning quiet time I had just pleaded with God to no longer worry or be afraid of my two living children dying. (My oldest passed away at the age of three from a epileptic seizure). I opened your email and read the verse from Joshua. Thank you for letting God use you to speak into my heart and the hearts of others to not be afraid and know whatever comes God will be with me and all of us.

  385. Bonnie yoder says:

    I so needed this today. Thank you and I’d love a copy of her book.

  386. We have 2 children, 13 & 10. My husband & I are trying to teach them about wants & needs, & to be grateful for what they have. We would love to win this book! Thankyou!

  387. Paula Anderson says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words about the difficult tasks of standing one’s ground and following through on discipline and consequences. It’s a refreshing and uplifting moment when you realize that other parents are in the trenches and facing the same challenges daily. Thanks for the connection to one of my favorite verses of the Bible too…it’s actually my Confirmation verse too! Thank you!

  388. “Sometimes our kids ask for something or demand their way, not to get us to say yes, but to see if we will stick with no.”

    In our family I am definitely the one most likely to give in. It can be so hard to stick with “no”. Nobody wants to see their kid hurt, nobody wants to be the one responsible for breaking their kiddo’s heart. I know I am doing the right thing when I stick to my punishment but it can be oh so hard.

  389. I’m a single mom of two and had a really, really “I’m failing at this” moment last night and then you posted this today! God knows 😉 raising these kids alone is definitely challenging and I would love any resources to help along the way!

  390. Fighting with a 12 year old boy so early in the morning is not fun! Devotional much appreciated this morning. The book would be a great read – I am sure. Thanks for all you ladies do at Proverbs 31!

  391. I would love a copy of this book for my daughter. She has two littles 4 &6 who are just normal kids who love to fight and sas and give their parents fits. I know she feel very inadequate most days in how to train them up. Thank you for the reminder that we are not alone in the battle.

  392. Bev Feather says:

    My daughters are young adults now …. but God constantly reminds me that age and a college degree may make them smarter but does not make them wiser. Parenting is a challenge in the world of “me & mine”. The rule goes for me also! I would love to read the book and pass it on to my daughters.

  393. Marti Haynes says:

    I would really love to read this book! Hope I win…..I have two older children, one of which went through the entitled stage, and even at 28, still sometimes feels that way. My youngest, 16, really lives in an entitled world. I work in a public school and see this entitlement in so many younger parents, and younger staff members. Unfortunately, we have produced a generation of entitlements, because too many parents gave up the fight. I OFTEN must resist the temptation to just “stay in my room” and let my youngest child alone. Though she brings much joy when there is no conflict, the entitlement battle is ongoing. I am thankful that I know that God is always with me in the fight, even if my child and “everyone else parents” disagree with my convictions.

  394. Thank you for the encouraging words. I would love to win a copy of this book. I too at times find it hard, and sit and wonder if I’m doing something wrong, or not enough.

  395. This devotion was exactly what I needed to hear. Parenting is hard and feels lonely at times but we can rest in His wisdom and guidance.

  396. I love how you use this verse in Joshua to help parents be strong in setting boundaries. I have never thought of it that way. I have always used it to help my kids on the playground or when going to the doctor’s office. But, I definitely need to realize God is with me in this parenting thing.

  397. Kristie ganaway says:

    Thank you for this, I definitely needed to hear this today 🙁

  398. Chantal Starr says:

    Today’s devotional hit right in the center. Thank you for the encouraging words today.

  399. This came with great timing, just yesterday I realized I had fallen back into the rut of trying to let my little girl down easy to prevent the meltdowns instead of just doing what’s right! Thank you!

  400. Angie DeRosier says:

    Would love to read this book. As a single mama I’m feeling the extra stress of raising little ones lately. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  401. I sooooo needed to hear this measage today! Thank you!

  402. Thanks for the reminder to “hold the line” and not just give in, compromising ourselves to the easy path.

  403. Jenn Harty says:

    I would love a copy of this book! There are so many days when I wonder if I am doing it right and if I am going to screw up my son. I want to raise a godly man who loves others and shows compassion. I’m not asking for much right? haha Anyways, I want to get this book so badly. I think I would love it!

  404. Randi Malone says:

    Could use this book in my life right now!

  405. Megan French says:

    What an wonderful devotional today to share with all the parents who struggle with this every day. Thank you for the confidence boost about staying strong and not giving up with disciplining our children. The verse from Deuteronomy was just what I needed today.

  406. Dale Cuppetilli says:

    I am the grandmother of two grandson ages 10 & 13. I pick them up every day after school and help them with their homework before their parents comes home from work. I have difficulties with getting them to start their home work or with just give me ten minutes and then the ten minute turn into half an hour. I am always looking for a way to connect with them and I am always talking to myself with God but it does not seem to work. This does not happen every day but maybe twice a week. Thanks Dale

  407. Thank you for this today. With 4 kids under 8, everyday feels like a battle. This came at just the right time for our house.

  408. Charity Goben says:

    I really needed to hear this today! God bless you for your insight and courage to share. I am struggling with 2 teenage daughters. And many days I feel like a failure as a mom. Thanks so much for your post. Would love to read the book.

  409. Whether you’re a parent raising young children or parenting adult children, the challenge is still there. Thanks for this post and for the opportunity to win the book.

  410. Thank you for today’s devotion. I have two very strong willed boys, one 7 (going on 17) and one 5 years old with learning disabilities. I’m humbled and honored to be their mother, but at times get so discouraged and feel like I’m doing this all wrong. Thank you for reminding me that my feelings are normal and that through prayer and faith I can complete my parenting mission with confidence.

  411. Barbara Bell says:

    I have the job of watching my grandchildren on the weekends that my daughter works. She has 2 children and her 6 year old son has problems with his behavior in school. He is in the 1st grade. I had a talk with him and told him it he did not improve his behavior he would not have television privileges over the week end. When the weekend came and he had not done well I stood firm in my punishment and much to my surprise he did not respond or act out as I expected him to. This is not to say that he dis not came back to me repeatedly and asked to watch TV because he was behaving well but I stood firm..

  412. We’re working on gratitude with our daughter right now…she’s nine years old, and it’s a work in progress (for all of us!).

  413. I really needed to read this. As a widowed mom to 5 kids, I often find myself in the middle of a scene similar to what you described, and I feel alone in the battle, or that I am somehow failing my children. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way, and needed to be reminded that God is with me in those difficult moments.

  414. I am so excited to read this book! Thank you for this blog post today! It is just what I needed!

  415. Pam Bautista says:

    What a blessing it was to read this today. I’ve been struggling on feeling like a failure when bumps on the road happen or when I say no and my kids question. God is truly never late with the tools we need to make it. Thank you for sharing.

  416. Jessica Damuth says:

    I love this post and it really hit home. The last couple weeks have been a struggle with my kids and I felt like a failure more than once. Helps knowing I’m not alone and maybe I’m even doing it right!

  417. I feel so relieved after reading this article because I was judging my parental success all wrong. I forget so often that I am not here to be their friend, but rather I have be entrusted with my children to train them as a mother to be able to live in a sinful world, but not having to be of it.

  418. Esteffanny Lambert says:

    I have 5 children. The oldest 12 and the youngest 5 months. My husband travels a lot and some times I feel like I am not doing my job right. I feel exhausted and get cranky.

  419. Just what I needed today!

  420. Unfortunately, we have produced a generation of entitlements, because too many parents gave up the fight. I OFTEN must resist the temptation to just walk away from my 3 adult children(18-24 years old). Though they bring much joy when there is no conflict, the entitlement battle is ongoing. I am thankful that I know that God is always with me in the fight..even when I want to or have given up at times. God helps me see I need to stand firm. Would love to read this book.

  421. Wonderful reminder that parenting isn’t suppose to be easy all the time….it’s ok if it’s hard!

  422. Angela Patton says:

    Need this book! Excited about it!

  423. I often find myself hiding away from kids in the kitchen even though I don’t have to be cooking. I need to learn to deal with problems and learn how to raise kids right, not run away from them. Anyway, it’s good timing for me.

  424. Sometimes my husband and I say no before we think about the right answer. With 4 kids and every sentence beginning with “can I…” or “will you…” exhaustion begins with “no”. I really needed to be reminded that God is with us in this parenting journey. I will try to stop and pray before I answer in the future and then stick to my answer, knowing I’ve consulted God first.

  425. Sherry wegner says:

    I have 7 children 3 stepchildren , 1 adopted 18 yr old , and 3- bilogical ,1,7,8 yrs. stepchildren are 16,14,12 yrs so it’s a house full of I wants and bows. Some days I’m not sure if I am doing parenting the right way . Would love to read your book I loved this article thank you for reassuring me I’m not alone . God bless

  426. Heather Upton says:

    This is spot on how I have felt over the years. My daughter is 12 and has always been precocious and strong willed. It’s been a wild roller coaster ride. I love her so much and want the best for her. Sometimes that means pushing my fears aside and being the mom. I have a wonderful husband who helps keep things in perspective. One day at a time with God at the center. Parenting is a tough job. We are shaping kids in a very difficult world. But God calls us to be faithful to Him and trust in his provision when we feel weak or weary from the fight. Than you so much for the insight. So glad I opened this email today.

  427. Such a needed book in this culture

  428. Deanna Temple says:

    Thank you for this. It via exactly where I am at times with preteen. The frequent grumbling and begging for me to say yes is so burdensome. Thank you;

  429. Love the devotional. Just what I needed today!

  430. I would love to have a copy of this book. My son has been diagnosed with bipolar so many times when he doesn’t get his way he screams and curses, and just becomes an unglued mess! I would love to be able to successfully teach him how to be grateful for what he has in his life.

  431. Thanks for your words. Parenting teens is not for the faint hearted. But the Lord goes before us and behind us. He will battle even harder for the hearts and minds of our children. Pray. Pray. Pray. It’s been my mantra, my strength, my sanity in these difficult days, weeks, and years.

  432. I just told someone yesterday that I try hard but so many times I feel like a failure as a wife and mother. I want our children to be grateful in an entitlement society. We are blessed with so much.

  433. Dorene Vander zwaag says:

    I would love a copy of this book!!

  434. Thank you for the encouragement to stay cool under pressure and a reminder that God is always with us!

  435. This spoke to my heart and my same struggles with my oldest daughter who just turned 13. I was greatly encouraged to know that I am not alone! Thank you!

  436. As great grandparents who have adopted our youngest granddaughter, we probably have more than our share of fears and anxieties. The abuse she suffered before her adoption has left so many scars that we really don’t know how to deal with. Yes, she goes to counselling and attends church with us. It is only the assuance that God is with us that makes each day possible, yet so often our faith falters and fear overwhems us. Prayers are appreciated.

  437. Oh My Gosh! I needed to hear these words about 10 years ago when my oldest was 10, my middle child was 8 and my youngest was 5! I have always parented with such emotion and it has earned me the title of inconsistent with the children. It also has made my husband look like an uncaring jerk to the kids because he is working so hard to overcome my inconsistencies! I want to please the Lord; I want to be a parent grounded in God’s word; I want to feel like I am doing the right thing; I don’t want this fear I have before I talk with the kids about any discipline issues; I want to feel convicted that I am doing the right thing! I would love the opportunity to win this book. I read so much about parenting and personal issues I struggle with. Thank you for today’s devotion! Perfect!!!

  438. Casey Meitzler says:

    Great read. Love this because it is good to know that you are not alone in this world. That I face the same struggles as a mother as millions of other moms.

  439. Parenting is scary, I should know. I am watching my oldest daughter grow into a young woman right before my eyes.

  440. Thank you for this reminder! I have been on my knees a lot lately, feeling like a failure of a mother and I’m not sure how to do it differently; and so I just keep praying. Praying for guidance and praying for help.

  441. Jamie Muldrow says:

    Your message and the accompanying scripture were exactly the words I needed today. Thank you for the outstanding ministry you provide!

  442. Jacqueline says:

    This book sounds very good. I’m a young mom and crave Godly women’s advice!

  443. Beautiful message!! Just wonderful!!!

  444. Parenting was scary when I was raising my son, who is now in his 30’s. How much scarier it is now! So much has changed. We didn’t have cell phones, social media, or the Internet to deal with. I have real concern and compassion for parents today. My son is marrying a woman next month who has a soon to be 10 year old. I’m already praying for their little family. I love the title of this book. It should be useful to parents and grandparents alike.

  445. What a great message today. I am sending this devotional to my daughter who needs to hear this so much. I would love to get this book for her.

  446. Thanks for reminding me that parenting does take courage I have a difficult 16 year old daughter and every day with her is a challenge but I do know the Lord is with me when I fight with her and reminds me that what I’m doing now is for her good

  447. Great reminder! Parenting is definitely not for wimps. 🙂

  448. Speaking volumes to me today. God definitely gives us parents strength and words to live by.

  449. Raising grateful kids is definitely important to me and my husband. We often find ourselves reminding our 3 and 5 year olds that “some” children unfortunately have no food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, etc. and that they should thank the good Lord that they do. Sometimes I think that resonates with them!

  450. Tonya Carr says:

    God’s timing is perfect! My husband and I had this same conversation last night after grounding our daughter. Then woke up to find this encouraging word.

  451. Great timing! God is Good!

  452. Thank you for standing among all of the parents like myself who feel the same
    Emotions you do in similar circumstances. The enemy sneaks in and tries to fill our minds with doubt,fear and shame. With my son we pray about the circumstances that led to the discipline ever reminding him that the consequence will shape him into the man God has created him to be.

  453. Kathy McGinn says:

    I have four kids, ages 22, 18, 14 and 12. I spend entirely too much time and energy each day wondering if I have messed this Mom thing up somehow. I have been a stay at home Mom since my 22 year old was born, before that I was in the Air Force for 9 years. I love being a Mom, but it is sure hard and entirely scary! I would love this book. Thank you and Blessings!

  454. This article was interesting, and I am now interested to read the book by Kristen Welch.

  455. It’s okay for our kids to be temporarily unhappy, and their resistance doesn’t mean our failure. Such truth!!

  456. Attempting to raise 4 kids. 3 teenage daughters and an 11 year old son. I left an abusive marriage 3 years ago and things haven’t been easy (not that surprising huh)
    I have failed more times than I’ve probably succeeded. My desire is to raise children that the Lord can use. Any tool to help me with that is greatly appreciated.

  457. Kim Arnold says:

    Great message that we all need to hear!

  458. Cathy VanDervort says:

    Excellent post. Would love to have this book to share with my daughters, who are raising our 12 grandchildren.

  459. Thanks for writing this!!!

  460. Tiffany Weaver says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for writing such a timely piece. As a writer and a Single Mom of teenagers I found this article refreshing, real, and relevant because I continue to feel the pangs of parenting on a regular basis. Not having a physical someone to stand along side me forces me to lend my ears and plans to God while He holds my position to stand firm in ALL the tough and tight places! Just yesterday, I had a similar thought that I was alone and going through the narrow spaces alone. However, this devotional showed me that I am not.

    This devotional confirmed that the places He’s calling me to stand in aren’t always comfortable or easy. This devotional affirmed who I am. I had never considered myself as being a leader, I just saw myself as “Mom”. This devotional gave me the courage to stand more boldly and to take courage that the Lord is with me and never left my side, even when I wanted to leave His. I’mean grateful that “trouble doesn’t last always”. I reclaim my role as Mom/Leader to make better and longer strides to create impact instead of frustration. Thank you for your obedience and commitment to writing. Thank you for elevating my perspective. From my home and heart to yours, THANK YOU!!!!

  461. Boy, did I need this right now! I’m constantly so in awe of God’s timing on things like this! HE knew I needed this encouragement! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  462. I find the daily encouragement to exactly what I need to start my day..

  463. This is a hard to do, to stick with doin what we know is right for our kids. Honestly, it’s easier to just give in, but the consequences are so much worse. Thank you for this gentle reminder today and that I’m not alone in this journey and possibly not doing nearly as bad as it feels sometimes!

  464. This devotional REALLY hit home for me. I’ve been struggling with my daughter on these types of situations and this was exactly what I needed to hear (read). Thank you so much!
    xoxo Blessings,

  465. Tara Waisanen says:

    I needed to read this today. I homeschool my 2 girls and yesterday was one of those difficult days. Thank you for this devotion!

  466. Raising 2 children, a 7 year old girl, and 12 year old boy. We come across daily challenges. I’m always trying daily to stay focused and be Christ-like role models. Very grateful for this message to remind me of the true meaning of life.

  467. Really appreciate this post! Sometimes it seems like I deal with this fear daily. Thank you!

  468. I really enjoyed this devotional and sound advice within this devoitional.

  469. Very good devotion today.

  470. I have loved Kristen’s writing for years. Glad to see her on P 31 today.
    I have not purchased this book yet but plan to. Would love to win a copy and be able to pass on along!

  471. Thank you for sharing. I soo needed to hear that today. And yes, I feel this all the time. In fact I often find myself raising my voice and temper with my kids instead of giving a consequence because I do t want to upset them but I’m actually hurting them and myself when I raise my voice and temper with them. I have to they so hard to muster the patience and courage to stay calm/firm and then warn of an impending consequence is behavior isn’t changed. I never thought parenting could be soooo hard and I pray that my kids will turn out alright and that God will make right all my past mistakes made on them due to my sins. Thank goodness We are not alone. God is with us and if we ask He will help us to be strong in Him!

  472. I enjoyed “When Parenting Is Scary”. It is a scary thing but oh so rewarding.

  473. God’s timing is always right on time. I am positive this was written and delivered for me today!
    My 17-yr-old son and I are not seeing eye to eye as he is testing the waters as he is growing up!
    Thank you for being faithful in your promises, God, to always give us what we need when we need it!

  474. Cathy Saathoff says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book to read!

  475. Sounds like a great book!

  476. I started off on the right track, raising my kids to be grateful. But as they have gotten older and have observed more of the culture around them, they seem to be taking on “entitled” tendencies that concern me. I also have family members who do not understand why I hold to certain standards with my kids (because I am focused on their LONG term attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors), therefore they allow them to act in ways (and even promote attitudes) that directly go against the character traits I am trying to cultivate in my children. This frustrates me on several levels, but also leads my children to believe that I am the unreasonable one, holding them to a ridiculous standard that, apparently (in their eyes), no one else seems to live by. I am doing everything I know how to raise my children to be Jesus followers…but I’m beginning to feel like a failure. I need some fresh ideas and encouragement!

  477. Alisha Miller says:

    My husband and I were just discussing how to teach our daughter appreciation without taking everything away form her. We’ve started making her write ‘I will say thank you’ over and over when she forgets to say. My concern with that is still that she’s only leaning to say and not really appreciate things. Thanks for the great devotion today!

  478. Jennifer Ryan says:

    Thank you for this post on having a grateful heart as well as standing up to tell our children “no” sometimes. They really know how to test our limits and it’s important to show them how to be strong and proud about the decisions we make. How else do we expect them to make tough decisions later in life and have the courage to stand by those decisions? Lead by example, even when it’s tough, stand strong and confident that you know what’s best.

  479. This is so needed for me in this season of my life! I am struggling daily w/the question “am I doing this parenting thing right?”. So grateful for my husbands encouragement & for our Heavenly Father, who promises to never leave me…thank you for this post. I think this book would be ever so encouraging for me right now!! Thank you!!

  480. My kids are older so I’m in sort of a different place, but I still have that feeling of, I didn’t do this right. I have a 28 year old living at home again with her son and a 19 year old trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Parenting doesn’t stop and it’s not easy!

  481. This spoke to my heart. I too often feel fear right before saying no or following through. I truly want to teach my children to be grateful.

  482. Alison Davies says:

    Would love to win this book!

  483. Great encouragement on parenting in this entitlement world we live in. Would definitely love to have more tips to pass on to my kids.

  484. Melissa Smith says:

    Parenting is SCARY sometimes. You wonder if you are doing the right things by your children. Children are so completely different. There is a 12 1/2 year age difference in my son and daughter and they are so very different. I could tell my son “No” and it seemed to be a lot easier for him to understand and accept than it is for her. We butt heads quite a bit sometimes, more so since she is hitting those tween (soon to be teen) years. We have tried to instill in both of our children appreciation for what they have. My daughter sees this quite a bit, because most of the friends that she chooses to hang out with are girls whose families don’t have alot. I am Thankful that these girls are her friends because they are her true friends. My daughter is almost 12 years old and she has 4 friend that she has been friends with since Kindergarten. Beautiful girls from wonderful families that I hope will be in or lives for years to come.

  485. Meran, I don’t know if you will see this but this is a PRAISE for answered prayer! You see, I have been praying for you since you posted about the loss of your precious firstborn. I thank God for your new baby and I know He will equip you for what He has entrusted to you. I pray your heart will continue to heal and that you will be able to let go of the fear and enjoy the blessed, sometimes crazy, sweet gift of parenting your precious little boy. Prayers with great joy for you and yours! Deborah

  486. It is good to know that as parents we are not alone in raising children of God. Sometimes are difficult and following Jesus example to love and God’s word to follow his commands can help us stay on track with our children. I’d love a copy of your book to help guide me in teaching the importance of “thank you” and appreciation in today’s world where too often people feel the are entitled. Thank you.

  487. Judy Patangan says:

    Indeed. this article is so true. I have homeschooled 4 kids and each style has to be different from the other. I have read books, a lot of the, looking for ways on how to deal with each of these creatures that God has made me accountable. But no amount of books or manuals fit perfectly to each of my huggables. All faults and mistakes are always repeated. One learned lesson in life is to never quit or stop trying; to correct them, to remind them, and to love them despite their stubborn habits. I have been down, I almost quit, it is not easy to be their Mom. In silence, I realized that it was God’s grace that guide me thru, all these years. But as they grow older I can see the fruit of my invested blood and tears. And I can say it was worth it. praise God

  488. Thank you so much for this encouragement. I so need this right now, to realize I am not alone in the everyday struggles. I have a 3 and almost 5 year old and the days are always full of one issue or another, and I am very grateful for the reminder that God is always with us even in the everyday stuff of life.


  490. Thank you for this reminder!

  491. Anyone else out there have “two sets” of children? I have three grown children and one still in high school. I struggled with saying “no” to my kids when they were younger, but persevered and God blessed when I followed through. My older kids have all come back and thanked me for sticking to it when they were teens, however, with the last child it has been harder. This is probably because I’m older and tired of “following through”. Sometimes I say “yes” to things I probably would not have with the others. Any advice? It’s easy to get discouraged and burned out. I want him to be the best he can for God. I am thankful for Proverbs 31 ministry and all of the helpful information it gives.

  492. God is always on time!!! Thank you so much for this read. I was facing a daunting issue today and literally NOT a second after I finished reading I received a phone call relieving me. Wow…. all I could do was give Him the praise. I am overwhelmed with such joy right now. I thank God for putting you in place to share your story. I do not have kids of my own but I look after my niece and nephews. This book would be a blessing to my household. Keep encouraging us with your words. Thank you for letting God use you.

  493. It is a very good thing to be reminded each and every day of God’s Grace and that we are not alone in the struggle. In our human frailty we tend to easily forget this. I have 2 daughters and 3 teenage grand-daughters. I would like to get a copy of this book to read and share with my daughters and their husbands. I mostly feel like I lost the battle and lack the courage to intervene when I should to give guidance that they don’t want to hear anyway.

  494. Gratitude is definitely something I have been trying to teach my children; I dislike very much the entitlement they feel because we have caused this ugly characteristic by trying to give them everything we never had.

  495. Thank you. This was a great article and just what I needed to hear today. Being a single Mom is very hard and very scary at times. Although you know God is always with you, you find yourself always second guessing decisions.

  496. Laurie Latham says:

    I would love to know more about helping my kids feel grateful for everything God has given them!

  497. this could not have come at a better time! just this morning i was questioning all of my parenting skills after another morning of bickering with my daughter.
    God always knows what we need and I so needed this. I would love to receive a copy of your book to help us raise the best, most godly young lady we can.

  498. Abby Shier says:

    The title alone has me captivated.

  499. Suzette Buffa says:

    What a great lesson!! I love the bedroom conversation between you and your hubby AND that you locked yourselves in. I am raising my kiddos alone (15 year old twins) and sometimes it’s a challenge. Okay, it’s a challenge A LOT of the time. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It’s now on my amazon wish list! A 5 star review kind of book- can’t wait to read it- or win it. 🙂

  500. Great post!! Parenting is the hardest AND best thing ever!! I would LOVE your book. ?

  501. I follow you blog through Facebook and also daily e-mails. This morning’s devotion hit straight to my heart. I have a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son. What you described today happens daily in my home. I am always saying no about certain things and the whining and complaining I hear back makes it so difficult to follow through.. I know it is what I need to do, but it isn’t always easy. Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone.

  502. So thankful for this message. I have had these moments lately…sometimes it is so hard to face those fears and stand our ground. I’m so thankful for the reminder that we are never in this journey alone.

  503. Would love to win a copy of this book!! It definitely helps me to have an Attitude of Gratitude especially in the everyday things.
    Thanks so much for the encouragement 🙂

  504. TallulahJane says:

    Wow!! Great subject for a book. I struggle with this issue with my kids weekly. I would love to have it to help me.

  505. Stephanie M says:

    Thank you for this wonderful devotional today, as many parents can relate.

  506. Christy Lamb says:

    It scares me to death that I’m raising ungrateful children. The title of this book spoke to me. I normally wouldn’t comment, but I could really use this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  507. Prayers for all who posted. Parenting can be scary especially in our world today. We and our children are bombarded by messages and influences that are very counter culture to God and His standards, commandments, and plans for His children. I am a Mom of two older children ( both daughters) and if I could go back, I would pray more over and with them. We cannot pray too much God over our children, their friends, and all others who have influence in their lives including ourselves- how we parent and live out our faith before them. Having confidence beyond ourselves and remembering when I come to the end of myself, God is there to help, empower, protect, deliver for good and for His Glory. I am trying to be more prayerfully intentional for my grands. God’s way, plans, and purposes are best so soft hearts and leaning hard into Jesus every day for what we and our children (grands, too) need.

    • I love the idea of praying more with my girls. I think that will have a greater, positive, impact in their lives then me praying alone. Going forward I will do both. I think praying with my oldest will also get her to open up more.
      Thanks for the tip.

  508. Thank you so much for this message. I have three kids, 9, 12 and 15, and this is something my husband and I struggle with often. This is a great reminder to stand strong and not give in. And it’s comforting to know I’m not alone. I would love your book!

  509. Great truth for today as I’ve been struggling with my mindful 2.5 year old this past week!! Thank you for the reminder that He is with me and helping me through these difficult days of parenting.

  510. Sondi Eden says:

    Thank you for being a vessel for God. As of now, I’m single wih no kids, but recently became a guardian of a 7 year old, so I’m seeking all the advice I can get!

  511. Hi, i would like to thank you for this morning’s devotion.I was getting upset just now with my 11 year old son and i just stopped and started to have my quiet time and the i started to read your devotion.I thank God for the gift of inspiration and encouragement that He has given you to share with moms like me.This devotion has helped me to recognize that i am not a failure as a mom and it is never too late to grow grateful and God centered children.Thank you and i pray that God will continue to bless you and inspire you to continue your work. Thanks Gerri.

  512. Wow this was good!

  513. Kathy Walker says:

    This would be great

  514. Rhonda Moore says:

    As a single mom of 3 teenagers (one difficult 17 girl), and a teacher in HS…this is a HUGE battle right now. Your insight and encouragement is greatly appreciated!

  515. Great read. My daughter has two strong willed children and it is a battle but one well worth the effort. Knowledge in dealing with the situation and making your stand does so help! Thank you!

  516. Wendy Crunkleton says:

    I really needed that today! Thank you for letting God speak through you. I would love to read this book.

  517. I needed to read this so much today! My internal struggle with what comes out of mouth and how I react are not at all in sync. There’s strength in numbers and this post gave me the strength and courage to make today a better day! Thank you!!

  518. Amy Roland says:

    Would LOVE to have a copy of this book! Really struggling with my incredibly strong-willed, stubborn, & spirited 4 year old daughter. Also, attempting to co-parent my two step children who are 11 & 13 years old. Both, think they are entitled to everything they want, & my husband still feels guilty about being divorced & his children going back & forth between two homes!
    I’ll be able to purchase the book in a few months but can’t right now due to unexpected medical bills & a recent job loss. Thank you for the words of encouragement…the proverbs 31 devotions really speak to me & give me hope!

  519. Have heard great things about this book!! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  520. Sandy Dewald says:

    I’m pretty sure Kristen hides in my house because she knows my mama heart!

  521. This is great! I would love a copy of this book! Sometimes I feel like I am too hard on my oldest child.

  522. Each day I read these devotions on my lunch hour. They reflect things that are now going on in my life, thank you God for helping me to see and read to lift my spirits up.

  523. My family is currently in the adoption cycle. We brought home a 7 years old boy a little over a month ago. That is a been a huge change to our lives. Yes it is a blessing, but the road is not smooth for sure. I have had to rely on God more than ever lately, but I am learning that it is a good thing. We were created to depend on God. I am at my best when I am depending on God. Adoption is not an easy path, and we were warned about that. However, you cannot understand the process until you are inside. God has blessed us with so many other friends that have experience and wisdom to share. My worry at first was that I wouldn’t ever get back into a routine, but that has proven to be wrong. Actually each fear has proven to be wrong and weak. God has helped me overcome each fear that adoption has brought on. I know with Christ, I can handle anything that comes my way.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

  524. This book sounds great and I love what you have to say in this devotional! I especially like the statement you say that kids are wondering if you will stick with no. We all are wanting “it” NOW. Sad, isn’t it?

  525. I really needed this today. Things are very hard with my oldest and it’s terrifying! Desiring my children to be more grateful has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. Thank you for these words of encouragement. God always knows our needs!

  526. Goodness! This rings true with my 3 and 5 yr old. I stuck to my guns with my first born because I had the energy to withstand the tantrums but with my youngest sometimes it’s easier to just give in because I’m tired. Consequently she tantrums more. I’ve got to stick with No and deal with the temporary tantrums rather than pay for it in the future with a child who never takes No well.

  527. This came at a perfect time! I was so much in need of this reminder. Thank you!

  528. I can really identify with this devotion. I have a grown daughter who has blessed me with three beautiful grandchildren. She was and still is always good at showing gratitude. My 18 year old son is a different story. He is a very good kid who loves the Lord, and when he is not at school or work, he is at church. He taught himself to play guitar and is now on the youth group praise team. Sounds like the perfect child, but the problem is, that sense of entitlement. Getting him to show gratitude for a gift from us or someone else just doesn’t happen. Once in a blue moon he may utter the words thank you, but it is rare. After reading a sample of the book, I wish that I would have had it a long time ago. It’s on my wish list and I still hold out hope that this great kid will get it. I do my best to teach him and pray that he with learn to say thank you. Thank you, Kristen for such an inspiring devotion and book!

  529. Thank you for the great message and reminder. After a long weekend (thanks to a snow day and a late start) my kids were definitely needing a break from each other and as they were arguing this morning I felt defeated, this message was just what I needed to hear.

    Thank You!!!

  530. Sometimes I am afraid of the way they will have to learn, the hard stuff that really puts them in depression, the accountability of their actions saddens me, but I know that the Lord wants them looking to Him and these are hard lessons for us all, but we are to trust Him for the outcome. I feel this way and my kids are grown, but we all are being refined for His glory. This is a very good reminder and will pass it onto my daughter in law and son as they raise their family. Thank you!

  531. Renae Conner says:

    This devotion was right on time for me! My youngest son is completing a two week hospital stay after surgery and on his way to rehabilitation. He’s been amazing through this journey considering his situation but we could all be reminded how hard parenting is but what a blessing and reward when you have amazing children who are grateful and respectful.

  532. Patty Ramirez says:

    Thank you!

  533. I really appreciated the devotion today. It seems like I fight the same battles every day with my children, and the frustration level just rises higher. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in this battle.

  534. So encouraging…..thank you.

  535. What a blessing when your child or grandchild is grateful. What a hard lesson to teach. I am passing this devotion and your book onto my daughter. So many great books for parents, so very little time for them to read them?

  536. I’d love this book!

  537. Thank you so much for this reminder! I fight the enemy daily with this idea of failure, as my three children are brilliant and prophetic, logical and far better debaters than I.

  538. This devotional is just another example of how God works in mysterious ways. I am a mom to a toddler who is going through quite the terrible twos. Last night my son was greatly overtired and threw a terrible tantrum that saddened me, broke my heart and spirit, and left me feeling helpless and defeated. This prayer is exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

  539. Daphne Ryser says:

    I will soon be facilitating a small group on parenting. I would love to have this book to read myself and also to share with my group!

  540. Thank you for the timely word of encouragement. The Word of God always brings hope to desperate moments!

  541. Thank you for this. I’m trudging through the teenage trenches and so grateful I’m not alone…others are with me and He leads us. His great blessings to you!

  542. Thank you for this timely devotion this morning. I have a thirteen year old daughter and an eleven year old son so we definitely have these tough parenting moments from time to time. I’d love to win the book and learn more tips and advice for raising grateful kids!

  543. I was just reading this verse in my Bible then your blog was sent to me by a friend. This is something I need to hear. I believe Jesus is talking to me through you and Joshua. Parenting is difficult and I am relying on my savior to get me through this time. Thank you for your inspiring words.

  544. Heather Perry says:

    This was a great article. As a working mom and first time parent of a toddler, this was exactly what I needed to hear today.

  545. This is a great article. Very encouraging and supported with scripture. I struggle with dealing with the whole “entitlement” attitude in our culture and even within myself. I work with ladies in a residential program at a women’s shelter where they are so blessed by so many volunteers who are gracious to provide extra blessings for them. This attitude is also prevalent among them. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book.

  546. So thankful for these words of encouragement!! We have three daughters and deal with these things on a daily basis. God bless.

  547. As the mother of a 13 year old girl I can so relate to the scenario in the kitchen and appreciate the encouragement and reminder that God is with me through ALL the challenges of parenting!

  548. Barbara Sanders says:

    I want to raise grateful kids. Two are already grown but the younger two of my children might prove to be an example one day to the older two. I enjoyed this article.

  549. I have read those scriptures many times before. WOW how it opened up a whole new world by applying them in parenting. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE MUCH NEEDED ENCOURAGEMENT!

  550. Parenting is difficult and to know that God is with us every step of the way is comforting especially in the day to day roller coaster of emotions!

  551. Would love to win a copy!

  552. This devotion had perfect timing for my family! Thank you so much.

  553. Working hard at raising grateful kids. The book sounds like it will be a blessing to have.

  554. Leah Lofgreen says:

    Thanks for this reminder. I feel like this so often!

  555. Would love to be chosen for your book. After raising my two sons, now I’m helping to raise three grandchildren! I don’t know why but it seems harder. Much encouragement need here.

  556. Thank you for this. Raising 6 children is a tough job and raising 6 children according to God’s word is also tough but knowing that He is there to help gives me a hope and peace.

  557. This is a book I need. Everyday I ask myself if I’m a. the worst parent ever b. ruining my girls
    They are actually really good girls, but I don’t want to give into them when it seems like the easy thing to do.

  558. Parenting is HARD! All too often, I am fooled by posts and pictures on facebook. Then I remind myself that is not real. My current challenge is getting my newly 6 year old to be grateful. Christmas and her birthday shown a spotlight on her desire for more, always more. It’s hard, but I’m sticking with it!

  559. God so met me through the Proverbs 31 devotion today. Thank you for being honest. Cheers to hoping I win a copy of your oh-so-important book!

  560. Tracy Seigner says:

    Sounds like a good read!

  561. Bobbie Liggett says:

    Our church is mentoring a group of ladies who are searching for answers in the difficulty of raising their pre-teens and teenagers. We would really appreciate these books to share with them. Thanks

  562. Kathy Rust says:

    our youngest daughter is a single parent with 2 young daughters, even though the girls are still young, I know that there will come a time when she has to face the “but mom”. I pray for her everyday, and try to share the devotionals that you post, I don’t see her often so I print them off and put them in a folder for her. I was a single parent at one time myself, so I know how hard it can be.

  563. I am most afraid of the world’s influence on my children and how to combat the societal norm of entitlement and selfishness. It’s a challenge today to help them both see and be grateful for all the blessings God has bestowed upon them. As women, we all struggle with different issues with our children and think we are alone. Today’s devotion was uplifting and it’s wonderful to know that we are all experiencing similar issues. Overcoming the challenge is difficult, but can be done by setting the right example for our kids over and over (even when we feel weak in the struggle) and being a light/beacon of hope/love to them just as Jesus has done for us.

  564. Every parent can use some great pointers on raising more grateful children, and I am no exception! 🙂

  565. deirdre wash says:

    My sister passed away in 2014 and left me with 2 boys to raise they are a handful and I feel as tho I am not doing a good job. the devotional today helped me, Thanks

  566. Just this title is encouraging. I hope to find truths in this book that can change the way I parent and help my kids throughout their lifetime.

  567. This devotional could not have come at a better time. It actually applies to a recent parenting issue and a work situation I have been praying about.
    Currently dealing with my oldest daughter and her responsibilities around the house has been stressful and causes division in our home. I wrestled with the thought that if I put my foot down and stuck by my earlier decision on how to handle her lack of commitment, she would get angry and decide to move out. I ignored that fear, spoke with her, and to my disbelief, she surprised me with respect and compliance.
    The work situation has yet to be determined.

  568. I needed to read this today! Sometimes it seems like every day is filled with battles and it is all uphill. And I wonder what more I can do, and it is easy to feel like a failure. But there is nothing more important than doing my best and (mostly) getting it right for these precious two that are entrusted to me. The book sounds very interesting.

  569. Jonna Banks says:

    I really enjoyed this devotion. As a mother of an 18 year-old daughter and twin 11 year-old sons, I can absolutely relate to the feeling of “maybe I’m not doing this right”. Thanks for letting us know that all days will not be easy.

  570. I would love a copy of this. Not only for my own children but for children in my childcare centre and in the junior church I run 🙂

  571. I love your ministry and reading your devotion ale. Very encouraging and much needed. Thank you!

  572. Alisha Charles says:

    I was blessed by this devotional today. I have been overwhelmed with parenting. I realized that parenting isn’t for wimps. I am so grateful that the Lord is partnering with me. My heart wants respectful and thankful kids.
    I appreciate your wisdom.

  573. It is amazing how God can send us messages at just the right time. Parenting is a tough job, but has awesome rewards! I plan to share this message with many of my friends who are facing challenges with their teenagers.

  574. I would love to read this and have practical tips to help this process. I’M disheartened by the entitlement of kids today, and we are working hard to make sure our son (6) does not end up that way. Thank you so much for this message today. It’s nice to know other moms feel defeated when things aren’t going well. But I also appreciated the hope of knowing that it’s not always going to be smooth and that’s ok. God’s got us!

  575. Terri Septer says:

    I am already giving in to my 3 year old son! I have to be more courageous and I need some help! My husband gives in even more than I do!?! I NEED TO WIN THIS BOOK!

  576. Lisa Mulcahy says:

    I loved the line about “and that means going back to the kitchen eventually.” 🙂

  577. Wow, thank you Jesus, this was right on time. My daughter and I had one of those nights last night. I stood my ground and all turned out well. God’s timing is always perfect as I needed to read this this morning. Thank you for the encouragement!

  578. Struggling right now with my second born. Who knew that at 10-1/2 years old, she would know everything?! Our rules and expectations don’t change from day to day, yet so many days, I feel like all I am doing is constantly reminding, constantly hammering and if I didn’t, nothing would get done (sigh…). So exhausting & so frustrating. I feel sad that I have become a drill sergeant. Trying to figure out a better way for my sweet girl.

  579. This was the perfect devotion for me to read today. With three kids, ages 12,14 and 16, it’s so easy to have days when you wonder if you’re taking the right road with each of them. This was very encouraging and will help me to embrace yesterday’s and today’s bumps in the road. Thank you.

  580. Nickie Hurdle says:

    Loved this!!! It was so what I needed to hear today. God’s timing is always perfect!

  581. Nancy Hitchcock says:

    As a grandma I need to read this book. It is so easy to undermine what parents do and say because we want to spoil them while they are with us. It takes strength from God for us to have our children’s back as they raise their own children.

  582. Cheri Palanca says:

    Thank you for this blog. It is exactly where I am and what I need. I love the encouragement.

  583. Heather Estep says:

    This is exactly what I need right now! I’d love to read this book!

  584. Wow, so need this book in my life! Mum of 3 girls (Aged 5-14 yrs)

  585. Thank you for this! So needed today & this week.
    I would absolutely love a copy of this book!!!

  586. Thanks for this today. I truly needed it!

  587. It sure feels like you wrote this just for me today. “Do not be afraid … for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9) is one of my favorite verses. I need to remember this when my daughter locks herself in her room because she is angry that I’ve said no. Eventually, I need to talk to her after she calms down and remember this verse. This also hit home for me “Sometimes our kids ask for something or demand their way, not to get us to say yes, but to see if we will stick with no.” So true…

  588. This was definitely what I needed to read today! Thank you SO much! 🙂

  589. Kathi Williams says:

    I am the stage that you are talking about! I am sometimes afraid of what my kids think of me and how they will remember my parenting, which seems to be negative lately. I am glad to know that these bumps are all normal!
    Thank you for your article!

  590. I wish I had been this wise while raising my girls! I gave in too easily for fear they wouldn’t ” like” me. I’m seeing my daughter make better choices with her kiddos and I pray she continues to do so. Would love a copy of the hoof for her!

  591. I would love the opportunity to read this book. This is something I worry about as I hope to raise my girls to be loving of others and not automatically expect entitlement for one reason or another.

  592. I’m so thankful to read the comments above because I really did believe that you were talking to me and only me! I would so much enjoy reading your book and desperately NEED the guidance that it would provide!
    And Staci from above – I too have the 10 1/2 year old girl struggles and can only get action from her when I go in to drill sergeant mode, and I really do not like to be that person!

  593. This was a huge encouragement to me! We face these same battles everyday! I can’t wait to let my husband read this as well. Thank you!

  594. Raissa Mae Inde says:

    Hoping to win! This will be a big help for me and my husband..

  595. What a great article…addresses something j struggle with daily. It’s so hard to be the mean mom when all the moms around me seem to allow so much. I’d love to read your book! This day and age of kids having it all is wreaking havoc with their ability to be responsible young people.

  596. I needed to this today. Just this morning I said, ” I give up. I don’t care anymore.” I have a son who is 12 and has ADHD. He is a challenge every morning. And this morning I was at my wits end. Again. So thank you, I needed that.

  597. Thank you for the reminder. It is scarey rasing children and even more so when setting limits and boundaries. Though I really think raising them to be thankful about the things they have and for us as parents being choosen by God to be their parents. Not being conceded but knowing God knew we could handle them and to (not always easy) know that as a reminder. Thank you for this, having two young children, 2.5 and 5 they sure know how to test those limits…everyday

  598. What a great read this am. I am a mother of a young boy and my life goal is to raise and thankful and Godly man. This book would be a great tool to learn from. After the Word first of course! 🙂 praying whoever recieves this book is blessed and able to apply it! Thanks Proverbs31 for the honest and powerful devotionals daily!!

  599. kathi reed says:

    My husband and I are raising our 2 great-grandchildren, a girl age 10, and a boy age 7. At a time when we should be retired to a warm place, we are trying to raise these children with respect and obedience and love. They are ungrateful at most things we do to them. They think they are owed the privilege because of the circumstances with their mother. It is hard to be a disciplinarian when you should be a fun great-grandparent. We have resistance every day to chores, homework, tv and video games. I am reading several child raising books and inspirational messages. Maybe this book will give me the answers we are looking for. Thank you.

  600. My twin girls are still small, so I think this would be a great read to prepare me for the upcoming future.

  601. Oh mercy We need this book. My daughter struggles with gratitude and I’d love a few tips! Blessings-

  602. I needed this devotion. I sometimes feel as if I am a failure at being a parent. And as me and my hubby are trying to get approved with doing foster care, I think satan does try and put into my head that I am not a good parent. I needed to be reminded of this scripture and but my faith in Jesus Christ. There is no such thing as being a perfect parent but there is one thing that I can do……….Be a loving parent. God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  603. Susie Baxter says:

    Parenting is hard. I wish there was a detailed instruction book. The Bible is a great resource.

  604. What a wonderful and timely devotion this was. I was in the middle of doubting my parenting effectiveness and abilities and hearing this message was exactly what I needed. Plus the scripture from Joshua is so meaningful. Parenting is scary indeed, but God calls us to be brave. We do not walk this road alone. Thank you for writing and sharing this devotion.

  605. Scripture is so powerful in all areas of life! Thank you for sharing your insight on this passage in Deuteronomy. So convicting and encouraging!

  606. Boy did I need this reminder today!

  607. This is a book that I would gift to a family member who is raising three wonderful youngsters, who do live in a world of entitled friends. Sometimes they don’t understand why they can’t have everything their friends do and this would be a fantastic resource for their parents. Thank you and God bless!! <

  608. I would like to have this book that would be a great help in managing the behaviours of our kids.
    I am interested to know about several practical ways on how to handle and manage kids to have a God- centered family relationships. A very good training for us parents in raising kids with good manners and conduct.

  609. Tara Villalta says:

    Please pick me for a free copy! I’m trying to raise a grateful child in this entitled world we live in!

  610. As a mom of 4, I struggle all of the time wondering if I am “doing it right”. This is by far the hardest job I have ever had in my life. Some days, I just want to run away because that would be SO much easier than facing my little army! Please pick me!!!

  611. Great encouragement to me! Thank you for the reminder to be strong and courageous because He is with me!!!

  612. Thanks for standing the kitchen grounds! We were much encouraged by your parenting truths and fresh recommendations.

  613. This devotion was very encouraging!! I would love a free copy of the book.

  614. I love this devotion today. it was a great blessing. I am only an Aunt/Great Aunt. and it’s hard to not question myself in helping my nieces and nephews to grow to become good adults. I am amazed with the folks raising their own children.

  615. AnneMarie says:

    Can’t wait to start reading this book. It is definitely something that is not only useful within the family but in the workplace as well. Look forward to any wisdom that can shed light on a tough subject sometimes. Thank you. Great devotion today.

  616. Is the way that I discipline the right way? Or right for that moment? Will I teach my children to have a genuine LOVE for Christ? Or will it just be robotic? Forced?

  617. Thank you, as I am writing this I am still sobbing. I have felt so alone for so long now, I have been feeling like a complete failure as my teenage son spends most days grumbling, making noises, going to his room to avoid spending time with his dad or me. My husband and I have talked about our relationship with our son but have been at a complete lose what to do about it. I haven’t spoken to my pastor or other mums because I feel like I am the worlds worst mum and just latterly I have felt like my son, my baby hates me. We desperately wanted more kids and it never happen for whatever reason it wasn’t Gods plan for our lives and I had learnt to live with this but when I face another day of teenage moods and arguing I cant help but think it’s because of my parenting mess that God hasn’t blessed us with more kids. Today for the first time it ages I felt relive as I read your encouraging words and realised that my son is a normal teenager and its not just me that has the please mem, but mum, slammed doors, moans and noises and I have a fresh hope for the future. Still crying but I feel more able to face the day to day things without letting the guilt of saying NO to my son get in the way and without feeling that I must be some terrible mum as my son battles against and resists my parenting when we should be stood side by side fighting the devil instead of each other. Thank you for putting it in perspective.

    • Lisa Ivory says:

      Nicky, I read your comment & the first of all I pray that the Lord will speak to your heart, giving you His wisdom & understanding about the situation with your teenager. I also pray that the Holy Spirit will overwhelm you with comfort & peace as you navigate through this. I pray these things also for your husband & son. I pray for unity in your household. I pray the Lord will speak to your son’s heart showing him your heart, letting him feel what you are feeling so that he may have wisdom & insight about what you are going through. I pray God’s good & perfect will be done in all of your lives. In Jesus’ Name Amen! Have you prayed & asked God for help? I see you haven’t gone to your pastor or other mothers but the #1 source to get help from is the Lord, I’m sure you know that 🙂 but sometimes in the hard times we forget to go to the one & only who can really do anything about the situation. I know for me its nice to have a gentle reminder of this when I am at a loss as to what to do. Also after going to God see if He leads you to another mother or person who can pray with you & share/carry your burdens. Isolation & not reaching out to fellow believers is not of God. Please don’t feed into or believe the lies about being a failure or a horrible mother etc. because its simply not true, you wouldn’t be sharing a bit of your story, a piece of your heart on here if these things were true. Pray for your son. You & your husband. look up scriptures to pray specifically for “teenage sons”, look up scripture to confess out loud while praying through his room. I know you will see positive results because I believe God’s word, He doesn’t lie. ~”Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24~

  618. Wow God’s timing is perfect! So needed to hear this!

  619. I have been wanting this book for our whole family! It would be awesome to win it. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  620. Thanks for this today. I’ve been having trouble with my teen son and being consistent and then feeling bad about myself. This lifted me up and reminded me to turn to Scripture when I need help. Thanks again.

  621. Thank you so much for sharing and reminding us that not only are we not alone but it is always worth the extra effort! It is really helpful to pray together with other mums for our children and the difficulties we all face.

  622. I really enjoyed today’s devotional. I would love a copy of the book so, I can learn how to teach our 4 children to be grateful for what we have and, all that God has blessed us with.

  623. Kaye Wagoner says:

    Lord knew I needed this today,
    Strength comes and goes but the LOVE of God and our children stays with us forever.
    So glad I subscribe to these daily emails
    Everyone addresses trive we have daily as if my guardian angel is looking over me. Finding PEACE for that void. K

  624. Really needed to hear these words today. Raising kids is hard but knowing that you are not alone makes it so much easier.

  625. Lensey M. says:

    I have a 2 year-old son and a 4 year-old daughter who, like most kids their age, try to push my buttons on a regular basis. My biggest pet peeve is rude, inconsiderate people, and I absolutely refuse to raise children that behave in that way. I welcome any (sound) advice on the subject of trying to teach my children to be grateful and not entitled. I would love a copy of your book–although I’ll be honest, I may buy it anyway. 😉 And I’m going to check out your blog right now. thank you for your thought-provoking words today.

  626. I am a grandparent living in the same town as my grandchildren who are ages 11-14. Its tough ages and a tough world to be a parent and a grandparent, At times I am lost for words and do not know how to guide my children in a technical world such as this. Ways are so different now, I find myself wanting to help guide both my children and my grandkids but I often feel like I am really an ole granny speaking to the wind. This book might help me!!

  627. Lisa Ivory says:

    This devotion really spoke to me as I am a stay at home mother working hard to raise our 3 year old. I know this bible verse but this devotion really put it in a different light! I tend to have an overwhelming fear right before I tell my daughter something I know she is not going to like to hear & I really could do without her reactions most days but I have to stand my ground. Thank you for this real life example now I don’t feel so alone in what I am up against most days in raising children. I pray the Lord will bless you for encouraging other women & men.

    P.S. I would be so blessed & grateful to win a copy of this book………

  628. Jessica S says:

    To Lisa A, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you.
    For me, my biggest struggles in parenting right now are figuring out dysgraphia and how to help my sons be successful in the face of dysgraphia which leaves, my oldest especially, feeling defeated.

  629. I have children at the aged of 16,11,9,& 5. It is always interesting to see how they react to certain situations. I would love to have a copy of this book for myself as well as to share with my parents.

  630. Allyson Butler says:

    Thank you for this honest message on parenting. I have a soon-to-be 15 year-old and it really feels overwhelming at times. Sometimes, I just want to crawl under the covers and hide from having to make decisions, having to enforce the rules, having to be the “mean” parent, etc.
    Joshua 1:9 is a great verse to type up, print out, laminate and attach to a key ring so I can read it whenever things get scary!

  631. Kim Mathews says:

    Sounds like an amazing book to be able to read and share with my children. Thank you for speaking the Word and reminding as mom’s we will have struggles but we are never alone…Jehovah Our Father is always with us…in my case…I know He carries me more times than I can recall. Be blessed! 🙂

  632. Thank you for this reminder! So honored to be a mother but it is definitely challenging!

  633. Sarah Beth says:

    I’ve heard about this book and wanted to read it! Thanks for the chance!

  634. Mandy Nealy says:

    I definitely needed to read this today and I know that a bumpy path is the right path.

  635. Kristen, thanks so much for sharing those insights! I needed that reminder too, and I know there are lots of other moms thankful for your honesty. Too many times we don’t want others to know our struggles, but God gave us such a big family with whom we can share our burdens!

  636. Kaye Wagoner says:

    Not sure what u r saying

  637. Brenda Dukes says:

    That was a good and reassuring message that God is always with us through all of our circumstances . It was well received I needed that. Amen

  638. I am struggling with this so much right now. I keep trying to show grace, but maybe it is not the right way. What are the best boundaries, how to respond to disrespectful behavior, how to not feel like my weakness and sin is too big for God to overcome (I know this is not true)… Would love a copy of this book. 🙂

  639. As a parent of 5 adult children, I often look back and reflect on what I could of done different, especially in times that as adults they are struggling with life. I may not have made every right decision, but my kids know that I always was trying to put the mind of Christ in the for front of each situation. Thanks for this devotion today.

  640. Mari runkle says:

    I fear my kids won’t like me , talk to me or trust me if I am too hard in them . I want grateful children and I don’t want to parent in fear .

  641. I would love to win a copy of Kristen’s book. I have 3 boys, and one of then is 16 and giving me quite the challenge of feeling like a good mom!

  642. Julia Hilts says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It was exactly what I needed at this exact moment. I love it when they Lords works in that way!
    Would love your book. Thankfulness is something we seem to work on daily. I just wish it would stick!!

  643. Joanne Spence says:

    Thank you for your powerful message. It truly hit home for me.

  644. I look forward to reading this! I have 5 kids ages 10 & under and it’s my hearts desire for them to have thankful hearts that want to love others and serve Jesus.

  645. Stacey Cunningham says:

    Thank you for helping and encouraging parents. I definitely need this book right now!

  646. I would love a copy of this book!

  647. It sounds like this book would be a great tool in helping to raise a family! My husband and I are blessed with a creative 18 month old. I’m sure this book would help guide us along the parenting roller coaster! We want to instill great values and the love of Christ in our everyday walk.

  648. Cammi Hevener says:

    It is crazy how different kids are.. They really do have a sense of entitlement and don’t want to work hard for much of anything .. What happened to work ethics? I think we, as parents, have failed ..

  649. Michelle Paddenburg says:

    I was just feeling this same way the other night! sounds like a great book!

  650. If you think your situation is bad now just wait until they curse you, take the grandkids away and tell you you can’t see them for over a yr to get evem, or call you crazy and hang up the phone. You will at times question why you brought them into this world! This is my current phase and the enemy uses thrm to attack me every chance he gets. I must pray every moment just to keep going with the emptiness and loneliness of living alone!

  651. Amanda B. says:

    This devotion was just what my heart needed this morning! Thanks for the encouraging word!

  652. We could all use a little “your not alone in this” when it comes to parenting!

  653. Amen! Our identities are not bound up in what our kids think of us; only the fact that Christ calls us His matters. We’re secure in HIM. If we idolize a good relationship with our kids, maybe it’s a blessing that they sometimes push back, so that we’re humbled and run to God in prayer.

  654. Thank you for the reminder that we are truely never alone. God is only a quick prayer away. He’s always there to help us on our parenting journey. We all need this truth as parents in order to stand courageous and do the right thing. Even when it’s difficult. Blessings to you for sharing your story.

  655. I would love to win a copy of the book. Such a challenging topic!

  656. At 7 & 5 my girls aren’t too bad YET. But I know I’m in for it. My mom can’t wait for “karma” to get me. I pray that I’m doing something right and can raise grateful children rather than entitled. Parenting is hard. But I know the Lord is with me! Thanks for this devotional today!!

  657. Dana Sullinger says:

    I would enjoy reading this book and sharing with other friends after I have finished it

  658. Thank you for this today! We are raising four kids with a 12 year gap between the oldest and youngest. Each day brings it’s own battles and victories. Each child puts their own twist on the day.
    This book would be a much welcomed addition to our home library!

  659. What a great story today! My daughter had just left and had been feeling a lot of doubts about parenting! I read this and forwarded today’s Proverb on to her. It’s always good to be reminded you are not alone❤️

  660. Thank you for such a wonderful devotional. I am a 65 year old grandmother. My husband and I are raising our granddaughter. She has lived with us for 10 years and is now a lovely 13 year old girl. Yes, the battle is hard and being filled with courage is difficult sometimes… It would be such a blessing to win a copy of your book. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

  661. This devotional was exactly what I needed at this very moment! With three strong-willed children in our home, each day can be very challenging! I want to cling to these verses you mentioned in your writing. We are definitely not alone in this, but that doesn’t make it any easier some days. Thank you for being transparent!

  662. Amy Blumenherst says:

    Yes!! I would Love to win this helpful parenting book for us Grandma’s to have as a refresher course & some wisdom to share with a new mom., my daughter who is afraid of saying no!
    Thank you

  663. Dina Lukasko says:

    I am right there with 3 teenagers in high school and one in elementary school! My husband and I JUST had this very conversation! Would love to read your book and get ANY advice you have.

  664. Renee Avery says:

    What a wonderful reminder and encouragement. Parenting isn’t for wimps, that’s for sure! Thank you!!

  665. i would love to have this book for our first child we are expecting!

  666. My husband and I raised 2 wonderful boys. As the youngest was leaving for college, we discovered we were pregnant again! It is such hard work, and I often doubt that I am up for the challenge of starting all over again. But God gave me this precious girl at this time in my life for a reason, so I know he will give me what I need to care for her! From worrying about my son who is deployed somewhere in the Pacific, to worrying about my college senior, to dealing with a two-year-old’s tantrums, God will be faithful! Thanks for the inspiring devotion today! I can do this! He will go with me!

  667. Hilary Meadors says:

    I needed this message today. Parenting is hard and sometimes I let the anxiety and fear take over, but not today. Today I am thankful for the challenges that come along with the gift of being a parent.

  668. Christina says:

    Raising my 11y/o and 6y/o son as a single parent has brought me closer God’s word and for that I am grateful. Distraught and angry at times with the attitudes and actions I see in them is like a warped mirror. Encouraging words with scripture helps me as I seek to model what God wants from me…righteous leadership. Thank you

  669. What an encouraging devotion. A great reminder that even when I’m ready to give in, my boys, (18, 16 and 12) are the ones that need me to stand strong. And, God can hold me up when I need it. I struggle sometimes because my husband tries to be a friend to the boys, doesn’t like them mad at him, so he tends to complain to me about what the boys are doing wrong, and all the discipline falls on me. So be it, God knew way back when I would be dealing with all of this, without my husband’s support sometimes, so thank you Kristen for the encouraging words to keep on keeping on and to remember correction is exactly what those boys of mine need!

  670. As a cancer widow & cancer survivor, raising a 13 year old boy, I am always second guessing myself. Thank goodness I have surrounded us with a circle of men & women who support us both & step in when I am floundering

  671. Great insight today, it reminds me of a situation with my son just last weekend and now I realize he was probably pushing to see if I’d stick to my ‘no’, thank you!

  672. Thank you for this message today. I am a single mom of boys ages 16 and 10. My teenager doesn’t get up for school and some days I stick to consequences but most days I don’t. I pray to become less passive. I know I am not doing him any favors by giving in. When I do take his phone away or something I do have fear that he will do something stupid and I know that is the enemy. He can twist not getting up for school and me taking his phone into fits about how his life stinks. I feel guilty that our life isn’t perfect but that mindset is not helping me raise successful kids. The Bible verse was very helpful. I have to do my job as a parent, grow a backbone and trust! God is with me and he is in control.

  673. I received an email today from the principal at my son’s school. I allowed myself to be hopeless and
    depressed. My husband moved out over a year ago. He takes the kids out nearly every week end and they usually do something fun. I’m the drudge parent, telling them what they can and cannot due. Thanks for the encouragement and hope.

  674. Joria williams says:

    I needed this word I have been struggling with the negative thoughts because my kids seem to be going in an opposite direction from what I taught them. I have been wondering what I have done wrong.

  675. I would love to win a copy of this book for my daughter. She has 2 small children, one of whom is a girl who is 4. She has a dynamic personality but is a little drama queen. Every time she doesn’t get her way, she cries until she throws up. Her parents have tried spanking her, putting her in time out, taking away toys and privileges, and everything they can think of — all to no avail. I would love to give my daughter this book to encourage her and maybe give her some different ideas to try when my granddaughter is defiant. She is so precious and we love her outgoing personality but not the disobedience. I loved this article!!

  676. As I think of my college-aged “children” and my high schoolers, I feel the same thing you’re talking about! Then I think of my friend with a toddler, and she’s facing the same fears! I’d never thought of parenting as a big fear, but you’re absolutely right! Thanks for sharing!

  677. What a relief to hear I’m not the only one feeling that I’m parenting all wrong. Most of the time I seem to be that mom that doesn’t go along with “what all the other moms” do and say is ok. I’m ok with that but it is scary. I want my kids to want a relationship with me long after they are raised so that always rings in my ear with most decisions I make but I know I’m doing right by not giving in. Thank you for sharing this with us today.

  678. Grace Crapitto says:

    Sounds like the perfect book for my 2 children and their families. I have 6 grandchildren ages 11 to 3, so perfect time to start learning wonderful God-centered parenting skills.

  679. Sonia Fabbri says:

    We currently have a 13 (almost 14) year old son at home. I often think, “I should have this figured out by now. After all, we raised two other boys that have gone on to complete college and have entered into their adult lives relatively unscathed.” However, it is the same thing all the time, those same arguments of “but I wanna and why won’t you . . . ” Interestingly enough, this past Saturday evening, I was having a heated conversation with afore-mentioned teen son about how he needed to get his priorities back in order, such as doing his daily devotionals and doing his chores when assigned, not days later or not at all. I even said something like, “You listened so much better before you became a teen.” The very next morning, our Pastor spoke about Jesus instruction to His disciples, and now us, to responding and acting because of who are Master (Jesus) is, and not whether we really understand it with our worldly mind or not. He likened it to how our children, when they are younger, are more likely to obey us because of who we are and as they become teens, their world becomes much smaller in their minds and selfishness sets in, thus they question everything we tell them or ask them to do. 🙂 My son turned to me and said, “How did he (our Pastor) know what we talked about last night?” I simply responded, “It’s a God thing.” Truth be told, he also has a teen in his home. We truly live life together at our church and God perfectly choreographs everything just like that. Several of us are experiencing the teen years with each other right now. It’s good to have them to cry with and laugh with.

  680. Thanks for today’s post! This is one of those weeks that I needed to hear this!

  681. I would really like some help with this!

  682. Stephanie says:

    I enjoyed the devotional. I needed the encouragement today.

  683. After being told today that my daughter would have to grow up without my parents in her life (because of a controlling, domineering, abusive mother of mine), this book could guide me on how to be a GOOD parent, the very best I could be, and set my child up for a different rest of her childhood, one filled with gratitude. This article could NOT have come at a better time. Thank you for this.

  684. What a great devotion I needed to read today. I pray every night for my kids. I pray they will be grateful, respectful, kind, and helpful to ALL they encounter daily. Growing up and raising kids today is scary, I pray that God gives me guidance for me and my kids. I would love to win a copy of the book to help me with the daily struggles of raising my kids. Thank you for providing these devotions.

  685. My children and their spouses would profit from this with their children.

  686. Wow! I really needed this today! I’ve had some problems in the past couple of weeks with my oldest child. I read this first thing this morning, and got out of bed feeling a little bit better. Thank you for your encouragement!

  687. Thank you for helping me with my weakness.

  688. I needed this encouragement today! This spoke right to the heart of my situation. Thank you for this post.

  689. I struggle with gratitude and obedience. Trying to parent makes even more aware of my own struggles. I enjoyed today’s reading. I am not alone in this when so often I feel I am. Thank hyou.

  690. Joey Reed says:

    I needed this today. Thank you!

  691. I am very grateful for the devotional today.
    It really spoke to me. I really would like to find out more.As

  692. Missy Auten says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I struggle with this all the time. I have to remind myself that it’s ok to say no.

  693. Can I have this emailed to me? Every. Single. Day. Such truths to be reminded of as I raise these people to be adults that are truly thankful and the live God.

  694. Perfect timing for this devotion. We need all of the reminding and help we can get in this world of entitlement.

  695. Wow??Yesterday was one of those testing mornings when I started to doubt myself as a parent. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of God’s words. To be of good courage!

  696. Rusti Skidmore says:

    This sounds like a great book! And much needed!!

  697. Grace Ortiz says:

    I would love to read this book , I have 4 adult children, 3grandchildren
    Parenting isn’t easy

  698. Oh how I needed this! I often tell my husband I feel like we are failing. That we have done something wrong. I’m asking my husband to read this too. Hoping to win this book!

  699. I have two young children. I need all the help I can get!!

  700. Samantha Davis says:

    I loved this! Exactly what I needed! Although my daughter is only 2 1/2 I for sure need the reminder that I am not along in parenting her!

  701. Oh how God knew I needed this specific devotional on a day I texted my husband that I just wanted to quit while heading to community day for our homeschool group. ❤️

  702. Danie Aldana says:

    This really spoke to me today as I have been struggling with my son. Recently, he has challenged me in so many ways and I tend to lose my patience. When he is trouble he pouts and cries and I tend to give in to that because I don’t want to “hurt his feelings” or think of me as a bad mommy (he’s told me that a few times). I think that if we pray on it more often, it is something that we can become better at. This generation is definitely tough…

  703. Hope I win a copy of this book so I can give it to my oldest daughter who is the mother of my two young grandsons. It was be such a blessing to her.

  704. Looks like a helpful read! Much needed in my home!!! Hope to win a copy of this book!!!

  705. Pam Villegas says:

    Sometimes I think if I hear “that’s not fair” or that lovely “ugh” sound (accompanied by rolling eyes) one more time, I’ll pack my bags and run away from home or maybe go on strike! I’ve learned over the years however that those moments are short lived and within no time at all, I’m getting a hug or kiss on the cheek. The hard part is waiting for the moment to pass. We all know God graced us all with tons of patience, right?!

  706. Deanna Koble says:

    This book sounds like a great resource! We have three children in their early and late teen years. I had to chuckle in reading the devotion as my husband and I have said as well, “do we have to go back out there and deal with this!?” Each child rewrites the parenting manual!

  707. I don’t read much (who has the time?), but I have a feeling I’m going to NEED this book!

  708. Thank you for know & speaking to exactly how I feel. I often believe the lies that I’m a bad mom & making a big deal over nothing….maybe some times I do – but I love your comment about kids doing what they do to see if we will stick to our no. A great reminder they want to know we are un-wavering – even in discipline – that they can count on us & our word. Thank you for letting me know I am not alone 🙂

  709. Suzanne Craig says:

    I’d be really grateful for a copy of the parenting book. I have two little ones, and my husband works away a lot, and it’s hard trying to do everything, but I long for my wee ones to know and love God so I would appreciate any advice please! x

  710. Breana Dyer says:

    Wow! Powerful devotion today and perfect timing after my middle boy through a huge prideful fit last night, Thanks!

  711. I’m a new parent but found strength in this devotional. That book sounds very interesting as my husband and I talk often about the overall feeling of entitlement in today’s society. We are youth sponsors and see it all the time!

  712. I am a mom whose grown son never returns her calls on his birthday. However, I think that God has a plan in our relationship. I may not have raised him because of my dual diagnosis of mental illness and alcoholism/addiction. However, my Savior, Jesus Christ had broken the bonds of my dis-ease. On April 20th I will celebrate 4 years since my last suicide attempt. Praise God that it wasn’t successful! I am sure that, someday, hopefully, he’ll want to get to know me. If not, I’ll just keep praying for him and let God take care of him in a way I never could have because I am only human.

  713. I would LOVE to have a copy of that – I have a 19 year old son that I raised by myself as my husband died when my son was three months old. I have often felt like a horrible parent saying no and often times gave in and now have a very entitled child. He recently moved back home with me after breaking up with his girlfriend. Is there hope for me and him? can I help him get on the right path???? Would love to hear from you


  714. Christie Grizzle says:

    Would love a book as a single parent with very little involvement from her dad. As a single parent playing both parental roles it’s hard not to give in or be their friend.

  715. I would love a copy of this book. Raising 3 kids isn’t easy in todays world where ingratitude and disrespect is often seen as an acceptable norm by society. Holding our children to a different standard is often hard even though we know that is what we are called to do.

  716. This is one of my fears, raising entitled children.

  717. Would love a copy of this book! My family so needs this in our life!

  718. Dana Carlson says:

    Could sure use this book

  719. Unable to give my name says:

    Would so appreciate a copy of this book. My once strong and seemingly unbreakable family has been crumbling due to some choices made by my teenage son. It has affected everyone. Satan has reared his ugly head and we need to be saved and to also learn how to save ourselves.

  720. Kristin Baetz says:

    I would love to receive this book. This is a daily struggle for us parents no matter the age of our children.

  721. God works in mysterious ways…just had a rough day with my daughter…and then this shows up in my news feed. This book looks very inspiring! I would love to read it!

  722. Nancy Serino says:

    My children are adults now, but entitlement was an issue we had to deal with…ugh! I would love to give a copy of this book to my daughter and son-in-love, as their children are 12, 6, and 4.

  723. I am afraid of making the wrong choices for my daughter. I want her to be the best she can be and help her make wise choices. Having gods help is the best part of it. Nobody is perfect but its still good to do your best.

  724. I don’t personally have children, but would love to have this book to gift to my mother. She could always use a little extra encouragement.

  725. chrystine says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words!

  726. I’ve been eyeballing this book online for a few weeks now, but I’ve been afraid to get it. Mostly because I know that it will push me. And I’m afraid of being strong and telling my kids no. But I’m at the point with my six-year-old son that I know something needs to change… He’s becoming very entitled, and I don’t know where to go from here. I’d love to win this book and get started! 🙂

  727. Kayla yon says:

    would love to win this.

  728. This spoke to me today. I feel like I’m constantly saying ‘no’ to my children and don’t often get to say ‘yes’. Parenting is hard everyday. Only with God’s help can we make it through those tough moments.

  729. Linda Maday says:

    Your book sounds like something I need to pass on to my grandchildren raising their children. It’s hard raising kids these days and good, sound advice doesn’t always come from their friends.

  730. Angela Waggoner says:

    I have 5 kiddos who think nothing is ever fair!!! I try telling them if they can find the Scripture that states, “Life must and will always be fair.” then I would break my neck to make everything fair and equal but until then get over it!!! I need a different approach because that one isn’t working…?

  731. Jodi Tanksley, says:

    Being a military wife, I find myself off ten in a single parents shoes. This is frightening in more ways than one. I have four kiddos and I have a very involved hubby when he is home. I could not imagine what a true single parent goes through daily who may not have a spouse to come and help at the end of the day. Parenting is so rewarding but is also a very frights thing as we what the very best for our little people. We want to raise them up to be good people, love the Lord and others. Everything we do now in the early YEARS is the foundation for that. SCARY!!!! Would like to win the book and read it then pass it on to my other military mommas.

  732. I would love to win this! Although, I’ll probably purchase either way!

  733. I could use this book!

  734. I am afraid the kids won’t understand it all one day–why we did and said what we did. The no’s, the come back here and finish this’s, the you’re going to do this well because it builds your character.

  735. Samantha Dudley says:

    I would love to win this book! We’re trying to raise our son to feel less entitled!

  736. Jennifer Kidd says:

    Excellent read. I need the rest

  737. I would love to win a copy of this book. This is a daily struggle as a mom of 2 kids ages 3 and 9. My husband and I always talk about how we want our kids to be grateful.

  738. I would love to read this book! It would also be good to share with the moms ministry I run at my church.

  739. This book would be a God sent to be honest!!! I have been saying this but have not had any structure on how to instill these principles in my own kids. I need some help!! LOL I have to be mom and dad. I am a single mom. I get confused sometimes

  740. Dawn Munden says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to be selected for this book.

  741. Thank you so much for this, I feel so lost sometimes raising my 3 year old!

  742. Kimberly Hedrick says:

    My family could use this book as a reminder to stay humble in this self centered world.

  743. Stephanie Christie says:


  744. Erin Peoples says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. Raising grateful kids is definitely something I struggle with – daily! Would love to receive a copy of this, and am putting it on my list to buy in case I’m not a winner. 😉 Thank you again – I’m grateful for the opportunity 🙂

  745. I am intrigued by the title! This is definitely a parenting issue we face with our children these days!

  746. Genesee Atkins says:

    This is such perfect timing. My son has expressed an interest with wanting to be a leader on his baseball team & just asked his Dad for advice yesterday. Things come to my son easily in some regards so I’m relieved to know there’s a book like this out there!

  747. So needed this today as I’m in the midst of navigating the Threenager Years! Someday his skills of negotiation and not taking no for an answer will serve him well… We just have to make it til then!!

  748. Chelsea Paterson says:

    I would LOVE to read this book! It’s definitely a must read for all parents in this day and age. We need help! 🙂

  749. I would love a copy. We have a 7 year old and lately the road has been bumpy. I want to make sure that we raise him to have respect and not be entitled to everything. This book looks very inspiring.

  750. This book would be such an encouragement to read. I always feel like I’m failing as a mom, even though most days I really know I’m not. I would love to be able to read this and pass it on to another mom.

  751. Our daughter is 8 and testing us so much these days, and honestly I ask myself, Where did I go wrong? Where did our sweet and loving little girl go? My husband and I often feel like we do more correcting than praising. I don’t want to make the mistakes my mother did, and hurt my daughter emotionally the way my mother hurt me throughout my childhood. There was no God in my childhood, but there definitely is God in THIS family’s house. I keep a little notebook of scriptures that have special meaning to me and this one today is going in my book. I have never seen your blog but I am going to visit it and I am so grateful for this message today. Thank you. He always comes at His right time!

  752. I sure would like to read that book.

  753. I would love to read this book ! Such an important topic in today’s fast-paced, instant gratification , self-entitled culture. As parents we’ve got to keep guiding and leading our children …. Or else the world will “lead” them In other directions.

  754. Colleen Hayden says:

    This sounds like a book that all families need in this day and age!

  755. Lesley nelson says:

    This book sounds great! Sadly something it sounds like so many of us parents are struggling with!

  756. Entitlement is a huge problem…..and raising kids in a culture where some of their friends are absorbed in it is challenging.

  757. Being afraid to say no is all too familiar. I am a mother of a beautiful little girl. Addison is three, and I find it so hard to say no because sometimes her reactions really tug at my heart strings. I want to be the best parent possible to Addison but boy it is hard! She is the light of my life and it’s a huge relief to read that others have similar experiences. Such a wonderful opportunity to win your book!

  758. Would love a copy!! My kiddo is still an infant…but it is never to early to stock up on resources for the future.

  759. Jennifer Cable says:

    Need this encouragement greatly. Raising 2 boys and feel so alone!

  760. Such an important topic! Would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks!

  761. Bridgett Dingeldein says:

    This devotion really hit home today. As a parent and working as an aide in a parochial school with young children this is something I come across and struggle with daily. I would be very appreciative of receiving this book. I would definitely pass it on to fellow co workers and moms also.

  762. wendy franklin says:

    Wonderful. Hoping to win it!

  763. Jennifer C says:

    Would love a copy. It is so hard in this instant gratification world to get kids to be thankful for things.

  764. Oh goodness. My son is so strong willed. It’s a challenge everyday but I wouldn’t change it.

  765. There are many times I think twice before saying no to my daughter, as I think of the response that will come after. Thank you for showing me I’m not alone and for the Joshua verse. I will certainly hang on to that!

  766. Would love to win this!

  767. Vanessa Chamberlain says:

    This was so perfectly timed. We are really working on this in our home. Today, I was feeling like I was losing this battle, then I read your blog. Thanks so much for reminding me thaty family is normal!

  768. I need this. If the toddler years are this tough, I hate to imagine the teenage years!

  769. Misty Nicosia says:

    Thank you so much!! I cannot wait to read your book!

  770. Hey! My husband and I would love a copy of this book. We are first time parents of an almost 1 month year old and we are excited to raise her as a follower of Christ. We are passionate about this and know the road will be bumpy as we are to expect trials as Christians.

  771. WOW!!! how i need to see and read this today my teenage son is have some probable today is so hard seeing our kids stumble in life as mom we want to hold them close and not care upsetness anymore. Giving out tuff love is not easy but needed