Humbled.

img_0842The problem with parenting is that there is no secret answer to the struggles you will have in doing it. There is no true rulebook, though many guidebooks, how-to blog posts, and theories scatter the internet and bookstore shelves.

So what do you do when something goes wrong? When your baby won’t fall asleep or won’t stay asleep? When your toddler keeps hitting or your child won’t eat most of what you serve? What do you do when you’ve tried everything you can think of (as patiently as you can muster) and nothing changes? What do you do when you are exhausted from trying, but the struggle persists?

There is only one thing to do. It’s something I keep forgetting about. It’s something with a price. It requires you to fully acknowledge that you can’t solve this problem alone, and that you are willing to be taught. It requires humility. The only true answer to this desperateplace is prayer. God knows how to help. And He will. But He can’t help us if we don’t first ask for help and listen for His response. This is where I am. Being humbled hurts, but having answers, even just momentary ones, feels like peace.

 

…And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along…

-Doctrine and Covenants 78:18

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