Earlier this month, my husband and I were able to get some time away together. It was wonderful to have time with him with no distractions! During our trip I had a lot of time for thinking, and being a mommy, I couldn’t help but think a lot about my children.
Our three are now 7, 6, and 1. I honestly can’t believe how fast the time has passed since our oldest was born. The past two years while on deputation have gone the fastest. We are together all the time, but we are always so busy. I often find myself teaching the children, either in school or in order to correct a behavior problem, without ever really thinking about them. I am just working to check that off my list, instead of trying to nurture a heart for the Lord in them. I often work so hard to clean up after them that I don’t spend any time being with them and enjoying the ages that they are now.
The school shootings in Connecticut earlier this month hit me really hard. We really don’t know how much time we have to invest in these little lives. I’m sure that Friday morning not a single one of those moms was worried about a messy room or a to-do list. What would I regret if that had been one of my children?
I am asking the Lord to help me be the mommy that He wants me to be. To take the time to listen more, to play more, and to teach them for the right reasons. The window of time that the Lord has given us before they are grown is already so small. We are often told that as moms, our children are our greatest ministry. As missionaries, we work hard to get to the field, plant churches, disciple others and all that goes with it. Sometimes we get so caught up with ministry that we forget the ministry that God has given us within the walls of our own homes. We have the chance to raise up a new generation of men and women who will love and serve the Lord with their lives. Lets make the most of everyday.