Smack Him Again and Put Him Back!

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Genesis 4:9

Has baby number two come along? How is number one handling the idea of being dethroned? You know, it has to happen. It wasn’t pleasant for any of us, but eventually, we all need to be reminded that we are not the center of the universe. Even as adults, we need that reminder, don’t we? So, how are your family dynamics now? We found they changed with the addition of each new baby. Wow! Actually, I should confess to you that we ended up in marriage counseling after each one came along...go figure!  It got even more complicated when the children outnumbered the parents. However, it helps us all grow when we are taken out of the limelight and forced to orbit around our parents. When that doesn’t happen, and someone stays in the center, there’s a problem...for everyone. Children orbiting around their parents allows the marital relationship to reclaim center stage as it should, and everyone benefits!

How can you lovingly, carefully let your children know that they are not the center of the universe?


Dear Lord,
Please help us to accept the challenge of dethroning our little ones so they will start to understand that the world does not revolve around them after all. It is a process that is difficult for all concerned, but so necessary. Restore our marriage as the central focus of our time and energy and help us move out of the servant phase of parenting and become leaders and authorities in our homes. Thank You for giving us the leadership skills and confidence to parent with authority. We know there is a biblical basis for this and we thank You for Your Word. Amen!

Excerpt From: “Mommy Memoirs -eBook Devotional Companion” iBooks.