Moms we all know those days……..those days where we here Mama, Mama,, MAMA, I neeeeeddddddd you! I’m hungry, I need a drink, find my shoe, I wanna snack, and the famous word Why…….a zillion times a day! the house was still quiet. It was strange not hearing the “Mama Mama, Mommy, I neeeeedddddddd you, I need a snack, find my red race car, here hold this!” Let’s be honest hearing that a zillion times a day does seem to be irritating at times, but I quickly realized how much I missed that sweet little voice during the day when he is off spending time with his Grandparents. Mom’s savor those moments of hearing those little voices say Mommy a zillion times a day, because it will all be gone way too soon!
Every morning it seems that my two precious children have grown so much over night and not just physically but mentally and spiritually. The deep conversations that I find myself engaging in with my three-year old blow me away at times. A few weeks ago when we closed on the house we had been renting, I had left the house earlier that morning with Taylor and Emersyn to go to the bank and to the grocery store. The conversation that I found myself in with Taylor completely caught me by surprise and blew my mind away with his awareness of the love of God and Jesus. Taylor loves school buses and even pretends my car is a school bus at times. We were passing by the medical office building where Taylor’s “New Maw Maw works, (yes, this is what he calls one of his grandma’s) when Taylor said, “look at that red school bus!” I explained to him that red bus was the blood mobile and that people go on that bus to donate some of their blood. That when people donate their blood it can help save someone’s life. He responds “like Jesus?” Talk about chills coming over someone, Wow that just came out of my three-year olds mouth, I couldn’t believe he was able to put that together and associate it like that. I know I had never even begun to think of linking someone donating their blood to help save a life to the saving that Jesus did for all of us. I told him he was exactly right, Jesus saved us all by the shedding of his blood when he was nailed to the cross. I knew at moment, my husband I were definitely doing something right as parents. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV) Parents, our children are very much impacted by our actions and what we have them engage in……….we need to make sure we have positive impact on our children. We say a blessing before every meal. We hold hands when we are blessing the food or just in prayer together. At bedtime, we read Good Night Devos 365 Bedtime Devotions for Little Boys. The book can be found on Amazon, Barnes, and Nobles.
Children learn from the example that we set and how can I expect my children to walk with God if my husband and I do not demonstrate walking with God. Parenting is not “do as I say and not as I do” We must demonstrate with our actions how we want our children to behave…..key word “want”. Now even when we set a positive example, our children will still make wrong choices and that is okay because those are also learning and growing experiences. There are numerous challenges that face parents. My goal with my children is to do my best to raise Godly children that has the ability to discern the challenges that the world will throw at them. It is our job as parents to teach our children, it is not the role of the world to teach our children.
I am amazed daily at what God teaches me through my children, especially with my Taterbug. I mentioned early the Good Night Devos that my son and I read at night before bedtime, well the other night the devotion was teaching me patience…literally! We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NLT) The devotion was on patience and God’s timing. Taterbug always wants to read the Baby in the Basket, the story about Moses, in his Bible stories book. That night I suggested that we read a different story that night. Now our nightly devotion had just been about patience and timing, well Taylor was taking Taterbug timing picking out a different story to read. God was putting the devotion into action that night because he was testing to see how well my patience was going to be. We never know when God is going to test us. Patience, Patience and more Patience is what parenting requires!!!!!!!!!! The mamas, mama, mama, MAMA that I hear thousand times a day test my patience.
Me: Yes, Taylor
Me: Yes, Taylor what do you need?
Me: WHAT TAYLOR, just tell me what you need to say or ask, PLEASE!!!!!!
Taterbug: Mama…… I luv youuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!
Talk about feeling very low at that point. Patience, Patience, Patience when the Mama, Mama, Mama, MAMA comes.