We pray that our children will learn responsibility; that they will learn to be kind, generous, and full of mercy and peace. Sometimes you wonder if those prayers are even heard, much lest fulfilled in the lives of our offspring. Then, one day, you see a glimmer...
Instead of getting upset over the tired whines, she offers to carry her littlest sister. A mother's heart can burst in that moment, not with pride, but with pure gratitude over answered prayers.
Yet, as much as we can pray and pray over our children, it's not until we live the prayers ourselves that our children understand and follow by example. Personally, I fail at this miserably, but by God's grace, I can start each day fresh with no mistakes in it.
"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23