Perspective for Your Right-Now Season

get-attachment-2-aspx“They grow up so fast.”  Whenever someone said this to me, I paused for a second, thinking, I should probably appreciate her well-intended words.  But silently I reacted, Right now, it’s not going fast enough.  Days can be long.  Hard seasons feel endless.

Mothers on the other side of our current season look in their rear view mirror of motherhood, and the details of their former seasons blur.  They bear witness that children do grow up—and we grow with them.

From the best days to the hardest, God bonds our heart with each child’s heart.  He supplies all that we need even when we don’t ask.  Looking back even now, we can see much that God has done—in our child and in us.  We can mark his allowances and protection, his grace and mercy.  Gratitude swells for all that he has helped us do up to this point—things that we never imagined we could do.

cimg2805As time distances us from prior stages, we realize how short each really was.  On the larger canvas of life, each stage blends into the next.  Each brush stroke has purpose, for the child and for us.  Memories of hard experiences slowly fade as love covers all.

Treasure now.  Soak up what God has for your child and you now.  Don’t wish or worry it away.  They grow up so fast.

~ From Becoming A Peaceful Mom: Through Every Season of Raising Your Child

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Passionate Pursuit {day 27}: Growing Up

IMG_0377When our child is a baby, we can’t get enough of him. All is new, fascinating. There aren’t enough hours in the day to absorb the preciousness.

Fascination comes with every year. His words, physical development, reasoning, personality, abilities and interests and decision-making.  We spend time together. Wanting to know him… to understand him.

Our child is doing the same. Getting to know us. What our words, tones and facial expressions mean. What makes us happy, sad, mad… What we like to do when we’re with him.

We learn from each other and through one another. Sharing joys, pain, trial and fun.

As our kids approach adulthood, they begin to connect childhood experiences with how they know us now. Understanding (not necessarily agreement) about some of our parenting becomes clear. Thankfully (whew!) God has been involved in this all along, adding grace to each child’s heart…the way He poured it into ours as we raised them.

IMG_0376Our children are in their twenties now. Still, I find these things to be true.
Fascination comes with every year.
Our children continue to grow and develop… and so do I.

Spending time together, in person or long distance, I continue to learn about them as they grow…And they continue to learn about me as I grow.

Prayerfully, we pursue growth – for our children and our self.
Expectantly, we engage with our children, celebrating their lives.
Faithfully, we press into our God, Who grows us…as we walk with Him.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4.15-16)