Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 Days of Repetitive Parenting: Day 27 "What doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger."

Parenting is scary.  There are so many scenarios rolling around in my head of horrific and tragic things that could happen to my children at any given moment.  That is the plight of a creative mind, destined to be a chronic worrier.

Thankfully, only 1% of what we fear ever comes true.  That is reassuring.

In an effort to calm my fearful spirit, Hubby began consoling me with a favorite line of his, "What doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger."

When Darlin' broke her finger and needed to have it reset, he said it.

When Cupcake tumbled head first onto the concrete floor, he said it.

Whenever Bud got yet another bump or bruise, he said it.

When Cupcake was accidentally fed an old bottle of formula, he said it.

When I ended up in the hospital with three casts, he said it.

All of these incidents could have ended up much worse than they were.  As we struggle through hard times, physically, emotionally, spiritually, Hubby's pithy little saying has been a good reminder to us all.

It reminds us that we have survived something that could have been disastrous.

It reminds us that there are many things we have already lived through.

It reminds us that there will be far more difficult things in the future which will help us grow.

It's a good lesson for our kids and helps them recognize the fact that sometimes we get hurt, sometimes life doesn't go as planned, and that's okay.  God will sustain us.  As Scripture says, "we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Even those little annoying bumps and bruises along the path of life build our character.  All the more reason to repeat to my kids, "What doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger."

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