Enjoying the Little Years
If you are like every other Mom ever created, there are days when you feel like you cannot wait one more day for your little one to be able to _____ (fill in the blank.) Maybe it’s go to sleep on their own, without being rocked, cuddled, or read to. Maybe it’s get their own drink, or snack. Maybe it’s when they can cut their own waffles, or take their own baths, or tie their own shoes. The list is endless.
There have been many an instance I have caught myself wishing for my kids to do on their own, like; buckle their own seat belts, and zip their own coats… because, let’s get real—those tasks can get old, especially when you have a couple, or more, at a time, that need this on-going assistance. Every time you turn around, someone needs you to bend over to tie a shoe, or contort yourself like Gumby in the car, to fix an unruly seat belt that has been twisted to death. Or you may be chasing a 2 year old who won’t keep their clothes on. And the shoes—where have they gone?!
These kinds of chores deserve ribbons, you know.
Possibly medals, maybe even cash. 🙂
As mundane, even aggravating, at times as these acts are, I know there will come a day when I miss them so much that I will be mad for not enjoying them. I *try* to remember as I’m in the trenches of boredom, helping people with their clothes, and their hair, and their every need, that these are some really sweet times to be enjoyed. There is nothing small about these duties that we do for our children. Nothing slight. It all matters. It should be recognized with the same honor as teaching, and loving them through lessons of how to cook, drive, budget money, or helping them grow in any other way. We are to instruct our children. We are to teach them, lovingly. We are to bring them to the presence of the Lord by guiding them through the Gospel. We are instructed to be all things to our Children. They are a gift; a benediction from the Lord.
“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.” Psalm 78:4
How we instruct, and guide them matters in everything we do to teach, and care for them, and it is all to be done unto the Lord.
Wiping little noses, and little tushies, and chasing down a ball that bounces towards the road, or sitting up with them when they have fevers, bad dreams, or growing pains are just as important as teaching them scripture, and God’s laws. By doing these things for our children with a happy heart, it shows them a servant’s heart. We cannot lead them on the path of righteousness, if we are grumbling about doing even small things for them.
“You must see to it that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block for those who are weak.” 1Corinthians 8:9
I am reminded of how I take this time for granted. Our little ones grow too quickly. Why does it seem like some days are too long, but the years, too short? I am reminded to enjoy the little years, even through the roughest of days, and the up-all-nights with a sick child. One day, we will miss those little feet in our back, as we sleep.
We shouldn’t miss out on enjoying taking care of our little blessings.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her
Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.”
SO, ENJOY YOUR HERITAGE, AS YOU ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS JEWEL TO YOUR HOME. YOUR CHILDREN WILL BENEFIT, AND SO WILL YOU!