What we need to remember as parents is that our children’s negative behaviour/habits do not define who they are and we should not allow those traits to cancel out the overwhelming good in our children.
Our children are far more than their present behaviour.
As I recognise my own bad behaviour towards God and as I start to forgive myself I find it so much easier to forgive my children and to move on. I find that even in the midst of the storm, once my reaction is over, I am able to dance to the music of the thunder and in the light of the lightning and that when I firmly place my hand in God’s hands I am able to dance through the storms in the sure knowledge that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose”
I can dance in the storm because I know that ultimately none of this will matter when my children and I are safely home with Him one day!