Well, I can also say that I am my child’s worst critic, too.
I. Can. Be. So. Hard. On. My. Kids.
I don’t mean to be. I just want them to do well. To listen. To love each other. To thrive.
However, I need to keep my heart in check. I want to be careful to not be an overbearing mother.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Grace and Truth. Jesus was the perfect balance of both.
He wants the best for us, too. He wants us to do well. To listen to Him. To love each other. To thrive.
But He is not the least bit overbearing. He does not put a bit of pressure on us.
He was the perfect balance of loving us, encouraging us, healing us, guiding us. Yet, confronting us, teaching us, rebuking us and pointing us to our need for Him.
Grace and Truth.
As we are now halfway through our 31 days in the Parenting Handbook, let us take time today to celebrate our children. Will you take a few minutes to reflect on your child. Celebrate them in your heart. Think about all of their strengths and gifts. Pray for them. Thank the Lord for them. If you have a little extra time, write them a little note. Draw them a picture. Take them to a special place today. Even if it isn’t what you’d choose to do.
In the morning, when the boys get up, I am usually sitting right here, in front of this computer. Coffee cups empty. (yes, cups – plural. I fix two so I don’t have to get back up – it is safe to say I have a coffee addiction.) Journal and Bible open.
The boys will lean into me and give me a hug before they start asking their usual, “What’s for breakfast?” and “What are we doing today?” questions.
I sometimes will let them know, “I just finished praying for you. I thanked God for you and told Him how awesome I think you are.”
Ethan smiles at me and usually doesn’t reply. Grant, on the other hand, he is funny. He always seems surprised, “You did?”
This is a small thing to say to them. But it means so much. I want them to know that mommy prays for them and celebrates them when they aren’t around.
What are little ways you celebrate your kids?