A Parenting Confession

“Mommy and Daddy don’t give more things to an ungrateful child!,” I have said over and over to my son. Have you ever had spoken words you knew figuratively, were going to smack you straight between the eyes?

Recently, I had time of confession with the Lord. My mind was focused on the have-nots rather than the haves. Rather than seeing the richness of my life, I was looking at my requests. And the words I have said to my sons hit me straight between the eyes and a spirit of conviction washed over me as I realized how ungrateful I really was.

My problem was my focus and it left me with an ungrateful heart.I was focused on the wrong things and comparing myself to the wrong people.

I wasn’t focused on the lavish life I have compared to so many around the world.

I wasn’t focused on the reality of my sheltered provision rather that the daily survival of most.

I wasn’t focused on the beautiful blessing of my family rather than the discord of some.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas Season, God has been challenging me to shift my focus. And it really is a difficult with commercials that air, the gifts people around you might receive, the people they get to be with, and the places they might get to go.

However my challenge is that when our focus is tempted to look downstream at all that we wish we had, we would turn our head and look upstream at all the blessing and provision and protection that God has poured out from above.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever. His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5 NIV 1984

(My eldest son’s memory verse at school of all things 🙂 )

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.