1. Daughter – “Mommy, when you brush my hair, can you give me a brain?”
2. An early morning dentist appointment, “Mommy, those cars have flashlights!”
3. Famous driving comment, “Mommy, how many more years till we get there?”
4. Washing hands with our African American friend, she noticed his palms, “Mommy, his brown paint is washing off!”
5. “Mommy, why are crying? Where is your boo-boo? I’ll kiss is for you. It’s a boo-boo in your heart? I can’t reach that one. Jesus will have to fix it for you.”
Children are completely precious. Though at times I find the need to remind myself of this fact, the overwhelming amount of blessings bestowed through these priceless gifts leave me breathless. Their hearts so easily forgive this imperfect Momma who does not always practice what she preaches. I have learned to model apologies, forgiveness, and restoration in a way that reaches them, a tangible way. I am still learning to appreciate the moments, and to possess a sense of contentment in all circumstances. This once career-driven lady, now finds that watching Nemo with my daughter was one of the most important things I did yesterday. It spoke the language of time and touch to our youngest gift, and went straight to my heart. For this is how God loves us, personally, tenderly, unconditionally. Jesus, thank you for being my perfect example.
I’d like to leave you with one last list. These are the words God has spoken to me by listening to the words that have come forth from my own mouth. By hearing them, I can just picture God smiling and nodding… hmmmmm.
1. Kids, Mommy only needs to say something one time.
2. When I tell you to do something, it means right now.
3. Mommy loves you, that’s why there is a consequence.
4. Be kind to one another, encouraging with your words.
5. What’s more important, this object or your sibling?
6. We don’t always get what we want, for a good reason.
7. Mommy expects you to obey the first time.
8. Complaining shows me an ungrateful heart.
9. Are you giving me excuses?
10. What is the wise thing to do?
Challenging isn’t it? Praise the Lord in that His mercies are new every day. He is so patient with me when I grumble, argue, or simply sit by passively. Lord, I desire to seek you and to know you. Help me to forgive myself so that I may come to you, my Heavenly Father, in studying the example set by your Son, my Savior Jesus Christ. Have a wonderfully crazy day in Him!
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