Of this I am CERTAIN.
When God is the one writing your story it NEVER ends with ashes.
The author of CREATION is in the business of restoring the wreckage and all that's broken into something beautiful.
He makes ALL things new.
February 7, 2013
On Being a Mom Fully Present through Life's Distractions
It requires effort. And I'm guilty of being distracted and allowing other
things to capture my attention...but when it comes to my kiddos I pray I
make that effort to be fully present, fully aware, FULLY there....with
them....in *EVERY* moment. Hear every word...spoken and UNspoken and
have discernment enough to pick up on those times when they need me most
and not miss a single opportunity to embrace life with them FULLY.
Make every moment teachable and ENJOY them while I have them. I don't
want to miss out on those moments and want to be a good steward of the
time I DO have with them. I'm grateful for GRACE:) and gentle
reminders of WHY God gifted me with those 4 little precious
"Dear Mom On the iPhone, I see you over
there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a
little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are
doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners,
have them do their chores. But Momma, let me tell you what you don’t see right now…..
Your little girl is spinning round and round, making her dress twirl.
She is such a little beauty queen already, the sun shining behind her
long hair. She keeps glancing your way to see if you are watching her.
You aren’t. Your little boy keeps shouting, “Mom, MOM watch this!” I
see you acknowledge him, barely glancing his way. He sees that too. His
shoulders slump, but only for a moment, as he finds the next cool thing
to do. Now you are pushing your baby in the swing. She loves it!
Cooing and smiling with every push. You don’t see her though, do you?
Your head is bent, your eyes on your phone as you absently push her
swing. Talk to her. Tell her about the clouds, Mommy. The Creator
who made them. Tickle her tummy when she comes near you and enjoy that
baby belly laugh that leaves far too quickly. Put your eyes back on your prize…Your kids.
Show them that they are the priority. Wherever you are, be ALL there. I
am not saying it’s not ok to check in on your phone, but it’s a
time-sucker: User Beware! Play time at the park will be over before you know it. The childhood of your children will be gone before you know it.
They won’t always want to come to the park with you, Mommy. They won’t
always spin and twirl to make their new dress swish, they won’t always
call out, “WATCH ME!” There will come a point when they stop trying, stop calling your name, stop bothering to interrupt your phone time.
Because they know…You’ve shown them, all these moments, that the phone
is more important than they are. They see you looking at it at while
waiting to pick up brother from school, during playtime, at the dinner
table, at bedtime…..
I know that’s not true, Mommy. I know your
heart says differently. But your kids can’t hear your words, Mommy.
Your ACTIONS are screaming way too loudly. May our eyes rest upon
those we love, first and foremost, and may everything else fall away in
the wonderful, noisy, sticky-fingered glory of it all."