By Rhonda Ihrig
When I had my first child, I had no idea how much time they took. It was overwhelming! These cute little bundles of "sweetness" can suck the life out of you. I love my children, but in order for me to function, there had to be a few minutes of each day that I spent by myself to rejuvenate.
It seems that when you have kids the only place you can find is in the bathroom, and then they learn to follow you there because they have your undivided attention...even the dog comes along. Heeeellllppp!!!
But as my kids got older I began to see that "time" is what they wanted from me. That didn't come in the form of scheduled time, but in the course of everyday life:
- On the way to school, talking about having a good day and praying with them before they got out of the car.
- When I picked them up and asked how their day went or what kind of homework they had to do.
- About friends and what the rest of the day looked like.
When my daughter started swimming with a club, practice was everyday. During that car ride we had a lot of time to talk, or maybe just be together without words.
This time opened up so many opportunities to speak into her life and share things that would be valuable later in her life. The same applied with my son when he began to play football. My husband and I would take turns getting him to practice. This time spent also gave us an opportunity to speak into his life.
As life goes on you realize how valuable time is. The most important thing we did was to spend "time" with our children; whether it was eating a meal with them, having fun together or working...it was all "time" well spent.
We now have children and grandchildren that will change their plans just to spend time with us.
I want to encourage you to spend "time" with your children.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. NASB
Here is my paraphrased version: But as for you, moms, do not grow weary in spending time with your children.