About the Book
Book: I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children
Author: Linda Wood Rondeau
Release date: Second Edition 2019
God indeed has a sense of humor. He chose children to teach us too-smart adults what it means to be his child, the very special relationship the believer enjoys with our Heavenly Father. We adults experience the same chaos, misadventure, and heartaches as our charges. Through a child’s example, we learn how God nurtures us with his infinitesimal patience. This easy to read, often hilarious treatise, uses cartoons, witticisms, anecdotes, quotes, and scripture study to bring home these truths. A veteran social worker, Rondeau draws upon her many experiences in working with families as well as her personal experiences as a mom. “You will want to keep this book close at hand for those moments of weakness and pass it along to your friends.”
When I saw the title of Linda Wood Rondeau’s book, I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children, I was immediately intrigued. Haven’t all of us, as parents, experienced that? I’ve often thought, and sometimes said, that my children have taught me a lot of patience—especially the ones who had dyslexia, and seemingly couldn’t learn to read (but that’s a story for another time).
This short book is divided into six sections. They are titled Persevere, Teach, Lead, Order, Protect, and Serve, and each one has several short devotionals in it. These each include a funny or wise saying, such as “Sometimes we lead only because everyone is behind us.” After this saying, there is a Scripture verse, and then a short story. It might be a story about parenting from the author’s own experience, or some other story. This is followed by a list of Scripture references to look up, and then some thoughts and study questions. Each devotional is wrapped up with a prayer. Each section begins with a comic that gives a bit of a chuckle—I liked the one about not being able to teach driving because I can’t parallel park myself! It was very true-to-life for me.
I was given an ebook for this review, but I think a hard copy would be much more useful. This would be a good study for mothers to go through; there are many good thoughts to meditate on, and each entry is short enough that it won’t take a lot of a busy mother’s time. I appreciated what I read in I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
About the Author:
The author of the acclaimed Hosea’s Heart and Miracle on Maple Street, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, a veteran social worker, writes from the heart of personal experience. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, embodies her sense of humor, a trait she believes God gives parents for survival. A resident of Hagerstown, Maryland, the author shares her days with her husband and best friend in life, Steve. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Excerpt from the book:
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.
And by him we cry, Abba, Father
JUST LIKE MY DADDY
The courtroom was silent, waiting for the judge to make a decision—a decision to determine not only where little Joshua would live, but also what his name would be.
Not able to have children of their own, my son and daughter-in-law have adopted five children through the foster care system. Each addition to the family has been considered a blessing—especially so with Joshua. Joshua, who had been in foster care since early infancy, was free to be adopted. When the agency called my son and daughter-in-law who already had one adopted son and another whom they hoped to adopt, they opened their hearts to welcome the youngster into their burgeoning nest. Finally, all the legal work was over, and the family accompanied Joshua for his day in court.
The judge motioned Joshua to approach the bench. From his austere heights, the magistrate pointed to someone in the room. Each time, Joshua was asked, “Who is this?”
“Those are my brothers,” Joshua said, referring to the other adopted children. “That’s Mommy,” he explained as he pointed to my daughter-in-law.
Then the judge’s attention focused on my son who positioned Joshua in his arms, allowing the child to see the judge at eye level. “And who is this man holding you?”
Joshua’s eyes widened. He took his little hand and touched his father’s face as he squealed in delight, “THAT’S MY DADDY!”
The judge, assured of Joshua’s placement in a loving family, told John and Melissa that Joshua was now their legal son. Then the judge asked Joshua, “Do you know what your new name is?” Joshua hugged his new father and blurted with excitement, “Joshua John Barringer, just like my daddy!”
Sad are the indictments against Israel’s kings who “walked in the ways of their fathers” to commit vile acts of murder and idolatry. Sadder still are the descriptions of those sons who choose evil over the Godly example of their fathers. David was revered as a man after God’s heart because he cherished the relationship he had with his Heavenly Father more than any earthly treasure. When he sinned, he could not rest until his spirit was one again with the God he adored.
When we received Christ, God adopted us into His family. He holds us in His arms so we can touch His face. We are privileged to call him “Daddy, God.”
He asks us to be holy as He is holy. He asks us to look inside our hearts and say, “I want to be just like You.”
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