I remember when my son lost his very first tooth. A funny thing happened, he swallowed the tooth – which made for a little pickle when I tried to figure out how we were going to do the whole “tooth fairy” thing!
Daddy wrote a note to the tooth fairy explaining the situation and – good news – the tooth fairy did indeed show up! But not without my husband and I first having a discussion about the going rate for a tooth these days. My husband suggested a pretty high price – I on the other hand tend to be cheap, so I threw out a low bid and we ended up in the middle.
Considering the cost…do you realize how much these kids have cost us? I’m not even talking about money here – I’m talking about time and energy!
Before I had my first child, I thought the hard part was going to be the pregnancy and delivery. Boy, was I wrong! First it was my nursing struggles
,which I shared on Monday, and NOW the hardest part for me is taking the time and energy to train my children to do what is right.
The wise mother takes the time to correct her children over and over and over again so they can experience the peace and freedom of living a life in accordance to God’s word and in peace with God and others. But this takes something very BIG – OUR TIME!
How are we doing with spending time with our kids? I have felt myself tempted to get the kids outside so I can get my work done inside. I have felt the pull of trying to get the kids in bed early so I can find some “me” time. These things are not wrong in and of themselves – but it is wrong if we spend the entire day – just corralling them like cattle from one activity to another and never spending real quality time with them during their day.
Our children need their mommy’s time. They need us to take the time to look into their little eyes and tell them they are loved. They need us to just sit and listen to their goofy story. They need us to look up the answer to that weird question they have, that we don’t know the answer to – but they are really interested in. And they NEED us to take the time to read them God’s word and train them to do what is right.
Deuteronomy 6:7 says it is the parents job to teach our children God’s commands. “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” The only way to live out Deuteronomy 6:7 is by giving your children time talking together.
Motherhood is a huge time zapper! I see some moms bitter at their kids for the time they require – they snap at them and growl at them for being such a burden. God does not want us to resent our children for taking our time and they should never feel guilty for the sacrifices we make as moms. Let your complaints of motherhood remain between you and God and not you and your children and cling to Jesus and his example in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Now go let’s go look our sweet peas in the eyes and be there for them. If this is a struggle – we need a perspective change. Let’s View our children as gifts – say it out loud to them – “you are a gift“. Watch them light up – they hunger for words of love and affirmation. When we see them as gifts – we open ourselves to the joy that they bring us – like when your first child loses their first tooth! So exciting!
Walk with the King!
This post is linked to Raising Homemakers, Titus 2sdays, and We Are That Family.
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