Have your children never asked you “Why?” or “How come?” They will. Have you never been hurt by this world? Your children will too. Teach them now how to grow spiritually rather than wither under such pressures. And begin now, while you’re their favorite teacher.
As moms we sure get our share of chances to worry, don’t we? More than a few times a day I could benefit by reminding myself of Jesus’ comforting words in Matthew 6:31-34. Instead, I jump straight to worry when our children catch the latest bug floating through the schools, or worse, in those ball pits!
Today as I drove, our four-year-old son was jabbering away about wanting to “live in the fluffy clouds”—about how much better it would be because “smoke couldn’t get you,” and “you couldn’t get fired up”. Translation=caught on fire…maybe he was listening to the news reports on the radio about wildfires across America.
I love a new year. New beginnings. New seasons of life. This could be the year…no more Pull-ups at night! Both kids in school 5 days a week! The end to Barbie-mania! Many of us begin the year with new resolutions—promises to ourselves and to others on how we will improve over the next year. It’s the time of year to clean the slate, or at a minimum the clutter of wrapping papers and boxes, and start fresh.
Knowing the season of “More! More! More!” was quickly approaching, I decided to at least try grounding the kids a little before the blitz began. I thought the Beatitudes (Blessed are the meek, for they shall…) would be a good place to start. The Message translates a portion of the Beatitudes that’s hard to beat.
I was reading through our Quote Book the other day. It is a small journal we keep on a family room table so that when anyone says anything worth remembering, we can record it. We started it when Andrea was around three and Michael around a year. We have some priceless treasures in this book and I highly recommend you start gathering your own treasures too.
I’m praying for a softening of the arteries but my cynicism keeps getting in the way of my faith. “Let’s pray about it” might sound like a Christian’s cure all, yet God says in James 5:16 that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. However, my faith begins to crumble when nothing apparently changes. Impatience and agenda-setting prayers have slowly clogged the faith arteries that once ran fluidly as a young child.