by Jeff Schreve

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The Challenge of Parenting (5 of 5)
Series: Modern Family: God's Wisdom for Today's Families
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1 Samuel 2:12-30

I don't know about you, but I like to do puzzles. I like to get the paper in the morning and do the Jumble and the Crypto-quote and the Crossword puzzle. I like word puzzles. Debbie, she likes number puzzles. Well, she has turned me on recently to the Sudoku puzzle. It's numbers 1 through 9. And you have to figure out what number goes in the right spot, one through 9. Now it can be pretty hard, especially if you're not good with numbers. But, you know, the thing about puzzles, the reason that many of us like to do them, they're a challenge. And you look at that empty Crossword puzzle, or whatever it might be, and you say, "This is a challenge. I'm matching wits with this puzzle and this guy that put this thing together. I'm going to beat this." Now I normally win on the Crossword Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and on Sunday I don't even try it. Lucifer does the Sunday crossword. He puts that together. Don't even try. But the puzzles are a challenge. That's why we tend to like those.

Now, if you like challenges - parenting is for you because parenting is filled with challenges. I mean, it's a challenge to be a parent. And we're in a series on the family called "Modern Family." Today, we want to talk about "The Challenge of Parenting."

Now, as we've been saying in this series, kids are wonderful. Kids are awesome. It's the blessing of the Lord that gives us children. Children are a blessing from God. But kids, although they're a great blessing, they're also a great source of stress and difficulty and blood and sweat and tears. One mother of preschoolers, stressed out, was asked by a friend, "Hey, if you could do it all over again, would you still have kids?" She said, "Yes, I would, but not these!" And so that can be hard for us. But kids are wonderful. And the Scripture tells us, as we do this thing ca ...

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