What Would My Child Say?

Faith, Hope and Love.

I was working at VBS tonite at our church.  During craft time I started talking with a little girl and asked her if she colored at home.  She said that she is never at home, her Mom is always telling her to hurry up and go. We go to her office and we have to be quiet and we are not supposed to play.

My heart broke to hear her say this about her Mom.

My first thought- what would my 3 year old daughter say about me?

What do our days look like from her eyes?

And it brought tears to my eyes and humbled me.  I found myself praying for that sweet girl and her Mom- and for all of the Moms out there. Let’s not forget what’s most important.  Time is passing by so quickly.

What will our children say about us when they are older?

What aspects of our character will stick out to them?

What will they say we valued?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

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7 Responses to What Would My Child Say?

  1. Mary Beth says:

    It’s amazing how the words of a child can put things in perspective. I am trying to cut back on using my cell phone while my son is awake. When he sees it laying around, he brings it to me, so proud. I don’t want him to think that’s an extra appendage to me!

    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

    • Rachel says:

      This was so convicting to me Mary Beth. Once again I found myself reevaluating how I spend my time- looking from my children’s perspective. Praying that God would continue to convict me and transform my life through the power of His Word and Holy Spirit working in my life. May my children only see my passion and fervor for the Lord- all Praise and Glory to our God.

  2. I am fortunate to be staring at this from the other side of the coin…my kids are grown and while I wasn’t a perfect parent, I have heard “thanks” from them for many things I “made” them do. Even without this praise, I would still know I did my best. One is leaving to be a missionary in Italy for a year and the other is working on his career goal. All of it was with God’s help and direction and I can’t thank Him enough for guiding me along the way.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you for sharing Mindy. I know that I am going to make mistakes as a parent- and many times I have to remind myself that God’s grace is sufficient for me as a Mom too. I hope and pray by God’s mercy and grace that I am able to say that some day too- that I know I did my best and I will trust God with the rest. God bless you.

  3. That is so heartbreaking :( So much brokenness in the lives of kids all around us. But our prayers do matter. And God does care.

    thanks so much for sharing at HEARTS&HOMES at mercyINK!

    blessings to you,

    lauren @www.mercyinkblog.com

    • Rachel says:

      I agree, this has been a good reminder to me to love all the kids I come into contact with at church, the park, the grocery store- anywhere I get a chance to smile and say a kind word. God bless you- it was good to stop by mercy INK. :)

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