True confession, I’m with my kids a LOT. I homeschool and I work from home, so we are together 24/7/365.
Honestly, it’s not a special kind of grace that made me choose homeschooling. Homeschooling chose us. My son literally can’t be in a classroom on a daily basis because of his health. And when you start with one, adding one more isn’t hard.
All that to say, I’m not extra patient and loving and fantastic. My degree is in journalism and honestly, I don’t like teaching. But that’s where we are and what we are doing in this season of life.
And like all moms, when we’re together, I’m training my kids up in the way they should go. Our interactions consist of things like:
“Don’t leave wet towels on the floor.”
“Go finish cleaning your room.”
“You haven’t folded your laundry yet. Go do that.”
“You need to do the dishes.”
“Don’t leave your books on the floor.”
“Ice cream is not breakfast.”
And on, and on, and on.
Sometimes we get to the end of a day, and all I can remember is words of training. Words of pointing out tasks missed and things undone.
It’s not that I shouldn’t be consistent and diligent, but there’s a point where their hearts run out of steam and mine does too.
There’s a point where it’s time to start over.
I have a desire to speak truth into my kids lives and hearts.
Truth like God speaks into mine.
Truth that heals and guides and strengthens. Truth that sets them free.
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
“Before you were formed in my womb, God knew you.”
“Be strong and courageous.”
“God knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, to bring you to an expected end.”
I want to speak words into their hearts and lives that expose that person made in the image of God. Loved. Beloved. Called. Chosen. Righteous. His.
Every day I need to take time to put away the correction and training and all the rest, and pull them close and speak God’s words instead. And it’s bigger than that. Because when I intentionally speak those words, when I remember those things, I begin sharing them with my husband. My parents. My friends.
It’s “pay it forward” with eternal, enduring truths, and that’s something we all need.
Praying that you find the words and the love to speak life into the hearts of those around you today ♥