I read this somewhere, quite a while ago, and loved it then...but forgot just how it went. A few days ago, I stumbled across it again - at the end of Dr. James Dobson's book The New Strong-Willed Child. It's a prayer that I should pray every day, maybe several times per day...because goodness knows, I feel like I fail a lot. It goes like this:
"Lord, You know my inadequacies. You know my weaknesses, not only in parenting, but in every area of my life. I'm doing the best I can to raise my kids properly, but it may not be good enough. As You provided the fish and the loaves to feed the five thousand hungry people, now take my meager effort and use it to bless my family. Make up for the things I do wrong. Satisfy the needs that I have not met. Compensate for my blunders and mistakes. Wrap Your great arms around my children, and draw them close to You. And be there when they stand at the great crossroads between right and wrong. All I can give them is my best, and I will continue to do that. I submit them to You now and rededicate myself to the task You have placed before me. The outcome rests securely in Your hands."