I’m loving a study I’m doing with four young moms. It’s Elizabeth George’s book, A Mom After God’s Own Heart. The heart is where it all starts, and this is a great reminder of that!
This week were some great reminders to slow down and take one day at a time. It’s easy for moms to wish away their child’s life. “Things will be so much easier when she’s walking!” “I can’t wait for her to start pre-school.” “I’ll be glad when these terrible 3’s are over!” And so on. Each day as a mom is challenging, but you can’t imagine how fast it will be before you attend their high school graduation and are staring into the face of a young adult. I’m not kidding. Everyone tells you those things, and you nod and smile because you’re going home to a toddler who will have wet their pants for the fifth time today, poured their finger paints into the toilet, and refused to eat a bite of anything because they consumed a whole bag of potato chips while hiding in the pantry! But trust me, friend, the years will fly by and they will be gone. Graduated. Married. On their own.
And you won’t lose your marbles about all that IF you spent those 18 years or so loving them, spending time with them, and teaching them about your Jesus to the best of your abilities. Oh, you will know that you made lots of mistakes, but you know those are covered by God’s grace, and with that, you are okay!
In the meantime, you have today. What will you do with it? How about just love on those little and big ones? How? Let me give you a few suggestions:
- Show loving gestures – hugs, pecks on the cheek, a pat on their back, a hand squeeze
- Spend time playing with them each day. Play a game, go outside and push them on the swings, ride bikes with them, play store, library, or Sunday school. Have a scavenger hunt, bake together, work in the yard together, work on a dinner for Dad together, talk a walk, jump rope, blow bubbles outside, help them with homework. Just be together each day.
- Leave notes of encouragement. Write on their mirror with dry erase, or leave a sticky note where they’ll find it. Leave a note in their lunch. Mail a card to them.
- Allow one child to stay up late for time with both Mom and Dad once a week.
- Have a bed time routine that is special. Tuck them in. Read a book or Scripture. Sing a song. Pray with them about their concerns.
- Do a chore they are assigned as a gesture of love.
- Stop and pray with them in the day about something that is troubling them.
- Talk to them and sing to them about Jesus!
- Love their daddy!
Today’s house cleaning challenge is to clean the refrigerator and/or pantry. I’m going to work on the fridge. Join me at your house, then come back at 6:00 and I’ll show you my progress and you can tell me about yours.