I was rather impressed with the visiting teaching message this month. It has really made me think.......Here is a portion of the message......
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008): “Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. … Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 1998, 26–27; “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, July 1997, 73).
As I thought about the message after my VT left, and preparing the lesson to VT my ladies a thought came to mind. We have all heard the expression "Kids don't come with an instruction manual". Well, if "our" children were once under the direct care of Heavenly Father, he would know them better than we do. They were and are His children for all time. So, it made me really think that when I am struggling with my kids, I need to ask HIM for advice. He knows their special quirks, and can help me while addressing them in a loving way.
I know this will not happen all the time, hence our crazy outing today to Payless, but I will try to input this into my daily life. There is a lot of pressure on us knowing that "our" children are on "loan".......Especially when we know who the Lender is!