Leading Gently

Written by Amanda Wacker

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

As I read this verse I was immediately drawn to the words “he gently leads those that have young”. I don’t know how many that read this are parents, but parenting is certainly not for the faint of heart. Parenting is hard. Parenting is tough. Parenting is frustrating. Parenting tries your patience. Parenting makes you want to pull your hair out. Parenting is exhausting.

But what an awesome God we have, he tends to us like shepherds, he gathers us in his arms, he carries us close to his heart, and he gently leads us. He gives us a perfect example of how we should parent. He gives us a perfect example of how to treat others.

Then, my focus was drawn more to the word gently. God is always gently guiding us through life and that is how he asks us to teach and guide our children….gently. Gently is defined: with a mild, calm, or tender manner. It’s the example that he leads by and it’s the example he wants us to lead by for our children.

I don’t know about you, but I fail every single day at this parenting thing. I don’t always parent gently, sometimes I parent out of anger or frustration. Sometimes I am just plain tired. Some days I’m just not feeling it, I think we’ve all been there. Then God asks us to do what feels impossible: raise our children to love God and love others in a world that tells them anything but that. We are asked to make disciples, starting in our own homes, when we can’t even get our children to pick up their rooms or put away their shoes. I often question why God gave parents such a huge responsibility. Why are we entrusted with such a big job? What makes me qualified for this position?

Have you heard the line, “I wish they had a manual for this situation or that issue my child is dealing with…”? The truth is, no one could write a manual quite like God already did. He has laid it out perfectly for us. He gave us example after example of how to be Christ like in all situations. He showed us every single day how to handle even the most impossible situations. For that, I am truly thankful, because I couldn’t get through one single day without Jesus by my side.

Parenting will still be hard. Trials will still come. I will still fail every day. But with the help of God, I will tend to my children like a shepherd tends to his flock, I will gather them in my arms, I will carry them close to my heart, and I will lead them gently. Because that is what God does for me every single day.


3 Responses to “Leading Gently”

  1. Holly VanTyle says:

    Wow, Amanda what a great message, you know we never stop being parents,,and it’s the hardest and .most rewarding job we are ever given,,you are such a blessing, love, holly

  2. Aunt Susie says:

    So honest and raw. Thank you for your vulnerability. Wise words spoken here. Thank you for the way you love and pray for your children. You are giving them the greatest gift of all. To know Jesus and letting them see Him in you. Beautifully written. You really need to keep writing. You have touched the hearts of parents and given them hope. You’ve reminded me of His faithfulness. So proud of you.

  3. Carolyn Heuser says:

    That’s beautiful, Amanda! I’ll share with my friends, many of whom are parents.

    I miss having you and your daughters right next door. I can’t say that I know much about your girls these days. But I can tell you one thing that has really touched my heart. And that’s seeing Reagan’s posts about Best Buddies. She has such a kind heart for other people. So rest assured that Doug and you are doing a great job as parents.

    Merry Christmas!

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