Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to a speaker who has lost a child. Her child passed away in a tragic accident at the age of 12 just a few years ago. Her world before he passed away was very rushed. Her children played sports which consumed most of their life. Only a few months before the son passed away, she and her family (one daughter, her son, and her husband) began serving together as a family on the mission field. They decided to begin serving God more and playing sports as along as it did not interfere with their church activities. However, their life was still hurry rush and go and they were not focused on the important things in life such as being together. She was not a bad parent, but typical in our modern world. She said if she had it to do over things would definitely be different and have been different since her son passed away.
Even though our family does attempt to put God first, we often fail. Even though we try to make time as a family, we often fail in that area as well! I have to often check-in and make sure my priorities are in order. I love to blog, but lately, my family has needed me and blogging has been on the back burner! I have no regrets for putting it on the back burner! There are other areas where I need to just let go as well. There are some things which just do not matter! Our children are Gifts from God on loan to us until HE decides to call them home! No, we should not give in to their desires, but there are times when it is okay to bend a little to do things special just for them! I am so very guilty of putting housework and garden work before my children. I am with them 24 hours a day seven days a week, but there are days when I feel I have not spent any time with them at all! I know I will never be perfect, but I will keep trying. I love all six of my children and the seventh one who has not been born! I could not imagine what I would do without any of them! I was just thinking this weekend, “What if I would have stopped having children when I got my boy and girl! Think of all the blessings I would have missed!” My sixth born is just as much of a blessing as my first born and all the children in between. I believe God will use all of them to HIS glory!
My challenge to you and to me is to tell your children you love them EVERY day SEVERAL times a day! Let them know you are proud of them! Do something special with them on a regular basis! It does not even have to cost money! Children are very easy to please! Read a book, make some cookies or a dessert! Write a letter to someone. Rake a yard together. Learn something new together! The possibilities are endless! Love your babies! God will reward you for your loyalty to your family and to HIM!