Did you know that? Oh, hopefully you did. I'm imperfect and flawed. I'm courageous and scared. I'm hopeful and skeptical. I'm trying my best and I know so are you.
I'm a mother who loves my kids a crazy insane amount. I don't deserve those boogers. They are a piece of my heart that I didn't know was missing. I can turn on the sap real quick with the "I didn't know love until they arrived!" "They make me a better person!" Most days they fill me with joy, elation, and frustration in the very same moment. Gushy mushy mom pride is the best, AMEN?
Their eyes. They look at you each day for guidance. For acceptance. For love. For fruit snacks--always with the fruit snacks. They need me for everything. I am their safe place, their home, their world. There is no greater influence in the life of my child than my husband and I.
I know it scares you too.
Each day is an equal mix of confidence that I'm doing my best and fear that it's not enough--in reality? These pieces of my heart, these children are only *mine* for a few short years. They don't stay little. Wah.
I was able to attend the Orange Tour Conference a few weeks ago. The conference's focus was all about encouraging pastors, ministry workers, small group leaders, and parents that what you do in the life of a child this week matters.
Reggie Joiner is a great communicator and leader. Read his books and if you have an opportunity to hear him speak? Pounce on that. He spoke during several sessions and I found myself clicking away on my phone taking notes like a crazy woman. As both a parent of preschoolers and one of the leaders of a preschool ministry at church I found myself nodding my head, smacking my tongue in my best ooooohh girrrrllllll way and even raising the roof during his sessions. Wish I was kidding about the raise the roof thing---apparently that's not a thing anymore. Hashtag child of the 90s.
Because we are alike. Because you most likely will have an impact on a child's life this week. Because you are trying your best. Because you love them like crazy. I'd love to share some of my take aways with you.
- The only way you can really convince someone you love them is with time.
- We can't make a kid love God or even believe in Him---but we can create opportunities for them to have impactful relationships with adults who show them what God's love means.
- The best way for kids to learn how to love God is to love people who love God.
- Things every child needs to hear from their parents. I love you. I believe in you. I understand. God loves you. I'm sorry. I didn't know that. I made a mistake.
Oh how I want my children to know that a caring God loves them like crazy. He Loves them more than I do. I want them to feel God's grace and know that He has big plans to use them.
I feel a sense of urgency when I think about their future. Do you feel it for your own kids? Or the kids in your circle of influence? How can we as parents, make what matters---matter more?