WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT GOD FROM BEING A PARENT?

I’d love your help today on brainstorming for an upcoming series of lessons I’m doing called, “What Parenting has Taught me about my God.”

Since I’ve become a parent, I’ve learned SO much about my Heavenly Father and what he thinks of me. Just from how I deal with my children, tells me so much about God. The Bible’s reference to God as our Father says so much about who He is and what He wants for my life. Since having children my eyes have been opened to new things about my God that I never noticed. For example…
  • God has got to LOVE it when I talk (pray) to Him. How do I know this? Because I love it when my boys take time to talk to me.

  • God has got to LOVE hearing things like, “I love you,” and “Thank You,” and “You’re a good Father.” Why do I believe that? Because all parents love hearing their children say things like that.
  • God must REALLY get frustrated when we grumble, fight and argue. I know this because as a father those things really burn me up too.
See how this works? I’ve learned things about God simply by becoming a parent. I’ve got a few more, but I’d like your thoughts on this too. So help me out here, what are some things YOU have learned about your Father in heaven since you’ve become a parent?

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  1. Tucker says:

    My two year old son came in and got in bed with us the other day. As I watched him lying there sleeping, rubbing his back, I thought, "How could God send his son for what He knew was going to be devastating?". And to do it all for me.

    Learning all about His love, over and over again, just from my kids.

    PS. dont let this out, I have a macho image to keep up.

  2. TREY MORGAN says:

    I hear you Tucker … well said.

  3. Jenn says:

    I could never wrap my mind around the idea that God could love us all equally, yet differently, and know us individually. Then I had six children, and as I have been amazed at the sheer volume of how much I love them, and how well I know each of them, I can begin to understand just how much God can love each one of us just for who we are.

    I had a glimpse a few months ago of the kind of grief we must cause Him as well. Two of my children were the "sins" that were nailing their eldest brother (Jesus) to the cross in a human video. The show was powerful to all who saw it, but because it was my kids nailing my son to the cross it hit me particularly hard. It gave me a fleeting glimpse of what it must be like for God sometimes when his children reject his Son.

  4. e3 says:

    1. Patience and Grace. I have learned a whole new depth to those two words since having kids.
    2. That he loves for you to crawl up in his lap when you're hurt, or need a hug, or just need to talk. (Wish I did that more often with God. Maybe I can learn from what my kids teach me.)

  5. Kevin Rayner @ Highland Church of Christ says:

    What a father expects and accepts is not always the same thing. I expect my kids to live up to a certain standard, but I love them so much I will accept today something a little less and hope they mature in time.

  6. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jenn – Wow, powerful thought.

    e3 – Crawling up in the lap of the Father … what a foreign concept to many in this world.

    Kevin – great point.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am usually their first resource when things are not right and the first one they want to tell or show when they have had successes.

    I am getting better with God being my first resource when things are bad but still need improvement on remembering to give thanks when the good comes.

    Rob

  8. Steve says:

    I don't expect perfection from my children. And although I know they will never be perfect, I also know that I don't want them to give up and stay where they are – I want them to mature and grow into responsible adults.
    I think that's kind of what God wants from me, too…to grow and mature even though I will never be "perfect."

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Rob – Me too, brother, me too.

    Steve – Great point.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Another thing I've realized is how much God loves to give. He's a GREAT giver. He loves to give us everything we need… and more. I love giving things to my children. And, then again, I like it when they are thankful for those things. :)

  11. Sarah says:

    I've learned what an ungrateful toddler I can be on occasion, stomping my foot, demanding to get my way. And I've learned He loves me still.

    I've also learned that when this world breaks my heart, steps on my toes, and hurts my feelings, He doesn't mind hearing all about it, and is just sad with me sometimes, too.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I've learned what a sorry excuse for a father i am compared to my Father.

    I lose patients
    i lose my temper
    etc……

  13. Anonymous says:

    One of my adult children has taught me how much compassion and understanding is needed when a person you love beyond measure loses his way from the Christian faith. I thought I knew how to forgive until I faced this crisis. When it comes to your own cildren the rules all change. Your mind and heart are in a battle that inflicts more pain than is imaginable! I did learn however that after the nightmare of this journey from disbelief to sadness to anger and then finally, forgiveness, that if you love as Christ did, forgiveness is not only your duty, but also your redemption.

  14. Ryan Tate says:

    I love seeing all the little unique things in my kids (who are still very young), how they learn, how they grow, how they talk, how they surprise me with their personalities. It gives me so much JOY.

    While nothing can surprise God, I can only imagine that he still gets really excited when we learn something new, grow, and transform into his likeness in small unique ways. We are his JOY.

  15. Donna G says:

    I learned the real definition of unconditional love. I get angry, upset, disappointed and hurt…but never once have I stopped loving nor would I ever be unwilling to help when they call me….

  16. Beth says:

    Both of our children are adopted. This has made our understanding of God's adoption of us as his children that much sweeter. We had nothing to do with their births, but they are our sons. When someone asks them if they know who their real mom is, it hurts my heart just a little bit. I am their real mom! I wonder if God's heart hurts just a little bit when we look for someone else to take his place as our father. I'm not discounting the role of our physical fathers in our lives, but there is a reason that God is referred to multiple times as our Father, ya know?

  17. Kayra says:

    Just found your blog, thank you!

    Being a parent had me realize the depth of God's love for us. It's hard to define how much I love my 3 kids. There are no words, and my love for them, no matter how big, is imperfect as I am imperfect.

    Thinking about God's love for me, his child, is overwhelming. Just imagine a perfect Fatherly love.

  18. Anonymous says:

    They have all said it well. I enjoy reading comments. My first thought was unconditional love. There is a big difference in accepting and condoning. No matter what I always loved my children.

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Sarah – I find that even the little things in my life are things He's interested in. And, I act like a 2 year old too.

    Anonymous – None of are even in the same league as God when it comes to parenting, but we can sure learn from him.

    Ryan – I like that. Joy … I love seeing my kids play, have fun and laugh. Sure God feels the same way.

    Donna – Unconditional love is something I just don't understand.

    Beth – You have a perspective on parenting that I'll never understand. We're adopted by God, yet He still loves us as if we were His own …. and we are.

    Kayra – Honored to have you stop by.

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    Here are my topics for this series:

    "What Parenting has Taught me about God"

    Giver
    (God loves to give great gifts)

    Friends
    (God's greatest desires a relationship with me)

    Jump
    (God wants me to trust Him)

    Talk
    (God loves it when I talk to Him)

    Frustrations
    (Things that must frustrate God)

    Thanks
    (God loves it when I praise him)

  21. Autumn says:

    I am in awe of the God we serve. This very subject has been the topic of my thoughts so much lately. I think there are many that have been taught to fear God and his wrath and sometimes the most important thing is left out. That He loves us and how much He loves us. When I finally stepped back and realized, Wow, God loves me as much as I love my own boys, my life changed. I owe this revelation to our preacher and to a very special couple in our congregation. I am so glad you are going to be speaking about this, I bet there are many out there that need to hear this.

  22. Dante says:

    After praying for my father for over 30 years to become saved I was never able to connect with him until I was a father. I told him about John 3:16 and said that I didn't know how God did that and realized just how much he loved me, because if the World asked me to give up my son (whose name is Trey) I would have told the World to take a hike. My dad got very emotional at that point and said that is how he felt about me. Being a parent reminds me everyday of just how much God loves me (even when I screw up royally). By the way, my dad prayed that night for Salvation.

  23. Phoenix says:

    I've learned that He can be disappointed in me and still care. He can see my failures and still claim me.

  24. Wendy says:

    I have learned that unconditional love and forgiveness is what brings about healing and change of behaviour in my daughter, not the application of rules and punishments. God doesn't change me by making me stick to rules and undergo punishment. God changes me by showing me such an abundance of love, forgiveness and mercy that I can only respond ny growing in grace.

  25. Karlene says:

    My parents used to say when disciplining me, "This will hurt me more than it will hurt you."

    I never understood that . . . until my four children came along. I find myself in situations when correction is needed and I don't want them angry with me, so I am tempted to back off. But because I love them so deeply, and know if they continue on the path they are headed, they will be hurt far more than the rod of correction will hurt them, I press through.

    Through this, I know that God chastens those He loves and calls sons. It is not His pleasure to correct us, but necessary to save our lives.

  26. Karin says:

    Great post and terrific comments! Thanks!

  27. AAlford Tecumseh, OK says:

    So, all I have is furry children, but here is what I have learned from being a furry kids mom….

    That the best thing in the world is walking up the steps to my door and my three little furry monsters are just waiting for me to walk in so they can jump all over me. I am pretty sure that God likes it when we are standing at the door waiting for him to come on in!

    Also, when I wake up, and my "furry" kids have their wet noses right up in my face just waiting for me to get up and love them. I am sure that God loves that we are sometimes right there, waiting for just a little hint of love.

    I don't know, maybe it isn't exactly the same as having "real" children, but I do LOVE my dogs!!!!!!!

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