Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom :: The Most Precious Jewels

Do you ever have those days when your children get on your nerves?  I'm surely not the only one am I?  I don't like to admit it, and I definitely try not to let them know it, but I do have those times when I just can't hardly wait until naptime or bedtime for a little quiet time.

Then, once I sit and enjoy the quiet for a few minutes I start feeling guilty about the feelings I was having about my children.  They are such a blessing and I shouldn't become annoyed by them so easily.  Yes, we all need a break once in awhile.  That's completely normal.  But, I also want to remember each and every day that my children are precious, beautiful, wonderful gifts from God.  I cannot imagine life without them, nor do I want to.  I love them so much and overwhelmed that God has entrusted me with such a huge task of raising them and training them to follow after Him.  How did He ever think I was qualified to do such a thing?

My prayer has been lately that I would let life slow down a little and take time to enjoy my children more.  I feel like I have done so, but I want to continue.  I want to be intentional about playing with them....not just watching them play; cuddling with them, singing and dancing with them, and just being silly, having fun.  There is absolutely nothing sweeter than the feel of their arms wrapped around my neck and the words: "I love you, momma!"  Or as my one year old says it, "Wuv Wa!" I want to cherish these moments forever.  I know I can't pause time--although I sometimes wish I could, but I can make these precious moments instead of making them moments of time I wish away--hoping for another, easier, less stressful day.  

The Bible has several scriptures that speak of our children being blessings:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

One of my very favorite passages is the one below, from Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 6:5-9
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

How important is it that we make serving God a priority in our lives?  Extremely important!  We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart.  We shall teach this commandment to our children and talk of it all the time.  Basically, our entire life should be radiating with God’s love.  Not just when we go to church on Sunday….or not just when we feel like it.  All the time.  We are to do this so that our children will see the importance of serving God.

One of the best ways (in my opinion) that we can teach our young children the love of God is for us to show them the love we have for them.  I love my children so much (as I’m sure you do too), but how much more does God love us?  It’s unexplainable, unfathomable!  God’s love is amazing.

So, next time we become annoyed with our children, let’s remember that love goes much further than anger or frustration.  Yes, we may need to discipline, but more than anything let’s love on our children.  Enjoy that feeling of their arms wrapped around your neck.  Slow down and enjoy your little (no, BIG) blessings from God!  And take the responsibility He has given you seriously.  Will you join me?

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