‘Tis the season for wish lists and gift giving. And all around the interwebs, you can find ways to fill both needs.
However, even throughout the year, each of us has an additional wish list that we aren’t necessarily sharing with others; almost an unspoken wish list, if you will.
Things that even money can’t buy. Heart level things.
Like the mending of a hurtful relationship with your mother or father. Or the opportunity to finally quit your job and pursue something you love. Or the relentless longing for a child to fill your heart and home.
We may gather round dinner tables or smile across the church aisle over the next few weeks as if all is merry and bright, but deep down, many of us are wishing for something far more grand than a beautifully wrapped present under a tree.
Our country is home to the “American Dream,” the idea that anyone can be anything they want to be, and the opportunity exists for everyone to pursue prosperity and happiness.
As a parent, we often want this same dream for our children. We want to give them a strong foundation, a solid education and an incredible amount of loving support so that they may become all that they were meant to be.
But what if they were made to be a garbage man, a janitor, or a McDonald’s employee?
Before we ever had kids, I mentioned to my husband that I would like to homeschool our children. Not for their entire career but just for middle school. I felt that would be best because middle school is hard and awkward. I thought it would be great to give my kids some extra love, wisdom, and educational adventures during what are typically pretty rough years.
What I did not realize was that my homeschool dream would be bumped up by six years and we would home-educate our oldest son starting in his second semester of kindergarten.
Now, as we prepare to start our fourth full year of home education, I must say, it has been worth the investment and sacrifice. Because, friends, if homeschool moms are honest, there is definitely some sacrificing happening. But it is worth it.
Kids really can say the darndest things. But sometimes, what can come out of our kids’ mouths is more rude than funny. As parents, we are often faced with the reality that we are raising little sinners rather than little angels.
My husband and I want our kids to be educated, well-rounded and successful, but more so, we want kids that are kind. We want our children to become teenagers and eventually adults who are considerate, thoughtful and intentional about their words and their actions, especially as it affects other people.
However, if we want to reap kindness in our grown children, then we need to sow kindness into their hearts when they are still little before they intentionally say the darndest things.
You know what I love? A good nap.
By “nap,” I don’t mean the quiet break I get when my children lay down for their afternoon rest. No, I love a good nap for myself. And not just a Sunday afternoon nap, but one on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
I take naps practically every day of the work week.
Is it because I’m lazy? Some may say yes.
Is it because I don’t get enough sleep at night? Sometimes.
But more often than not, I allow myself a naptime indulgence because it is simply good for me.
Every day, our lives are filled with words. We read them, think them and say them. In all that communication, have we stopped to consider if we are stewarding all those words well?
The book of Proverbs is full of practical wisdom for how we can handle our words with care.
Here are five practical proverbs for using your words wisely today.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
I love to share a good story, especially if it makes others laugh. However, I have to be careful because when I get on a roll, and the words start flowing, the chances greatly increase that I could say something mistakenly hurtful or offensive.
Humor especially can be found at the expense of someone else, and if we aren’t careful, we could easily say something unkind without first considering its impact.
Momma, today may be the day when you are more than ready to throw in the towel. Your energy, your patience, and your overall sanity are tapped out, and if reinforcements don’t arrive soon, one of you may not make it to dinnertime alive.
If this is you, then weary momma, reinforcements have arrived!
Put those littles in the pack-n-play and take a moment to yourself because here are five reminders from God’s Word to help you keep persevering in this race called Parenthood.
- God has marked this race out for you.