Why God Gave Kids Two Parents

Thank God for mothers!
I made a major mistake the other day.

One of my girls asked to play the violin with me during a worship night in our living room, and I felt the key she learned the song in was too high. It was too late for her to learn the song in a lower key so I said, “let’s practice this and we’ll play it together next time.”

I didn’t see what happened next.

While I launched into leading worship, my daughter sat there stunned, trying to hold back her tears, looking confused. Do I put my violin away? Do I wait to see if Dad will change his mind? She finally decided to put away her instrument and sat in a world of hurt.

I was totally oblivious to all of this but someone else saw it all. Her mother.

Our gathering is open for anyone to lead or direct if they feel there’s something we should do next. Toward the end, my wife April said she wanted to worship with the song I had rejected. “Sure,” I said, a little confused as my daughter leapt up and grabbed her violin.

Later, April filled me in on what I’d missed.

I think the reason God gave kids two parents is that together we form one semi-sane person. In that moment, like countless others, I’m deeply grateful that my kids are not subjected to my parenting alone.


P.S. MAJOR respect and honor to the single parents reading this! You have to be both parents all the time, and we know that’s no easy task. Please know that we are in your corner and cheering you on!

P.P.S. Speaking of our need for mothers, Jeff and I discussed the War on Motherhood going on in our culture here if you want to check that out.

This entry is a part of Jeremy’s Journal, a newsletter Jeremy sends out every Wednesday morning to encourage you on your parenting journey. You can sign up to get them every Wednesday here.

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