Monday, April 25, 2011

My Eyes Will Light Up For Them

It's always on my mind...am I a good Mom? Am I pointing my children toward God, am I showing them a servant's heart? Am I setting an example of what a loving and diligent wife looks like? Am I loving them well?
The truth is I can only do any of these things by the power of the Holy Spirit. In my own flesh I am too selfish to truly love my children well.  I am too tired or have too many things to do. I am humbled by the responsibility of caring for these beautiful little souls and I want their hearts to be filled. I want them to know without a doubt that they have a heavenly Father who always fulfills His promises. But I also want them to know that they have two parents here that love them with every fiber of their being.  That we've got their back and they are the most wonderful gift God could have blessed us with.



I think of the story of the prodigal son.

"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." Luke 15:20

I have this vision of a father hugging his son with tears of joy in his eyes. The same as I imagine it will be when I see Jesus in heaven. And then I think of my own children and what they really need...
They need my eyes to light up when they enter a room.  They need to know that my day just got a little better because they are part of it.  When J shows me the roly poly she found or W wants to tell me a new fact he read about Ronald Reagan, I will make sure they know how amazing I think it is.  When N jumps off the swing and C crawls across the floor to me I will make sure they know how proud I am of them.
God gave my hubby and I these beautiful children to steward on His behalf and as long as we have breath they will know that they have two people who think they are magnificent.  I will begin each day praying that I can love them as Jesus loves me.

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16 comments:

Jessica Johnson said...

Love this, Jami. Very convicting. I'm going to think about how my eyes respond to my girls. Too often they roll. Or frown. Or glare. I want them to light up! :)

Heart n Soul said...

Great post Jami...a good reminder for all of us who desire the same thing.

Alyss said...

Great perspective. I think of that often, too. Even though Jude is little, I always try to make sure that I get on his level and hold that eye contact with him. I think it makes a world of a difference in his mind. Thanks for the imparted wisdom!

Kelly@flywithme said...

this is beautiful. last night was rough and i was thinking about how i could be a better momma. Hello!!! the holy spirit.
thanks friend for the reminder!

the lowes said...

perfectly said!

hannah singer said...

amen-thanks so much for this! xo press on, mama, you are doing well! praise jesus!

{TiffanyMae} said...

beautiful!

Abby said...

Love this I SWEAR I wrote my post today before I saw yours...I LOVE the prodigal!
beautiful pictures by the way;)

katygirl said...

this is so good!

Simple Life Journey said...

Love this reminder. I was just praying for my oldest son for his character and for me to instill Godly values into him. You always wonder, as a mom, if one of your children will be a prodigal. I praise God that He included this story in the Bible to show His love and that there is always hope. You wrote this well.

Stephanie said...

You speak to my heart. :)

allison said...

Very nice post. Thank you for posting it.

Emily said...

what a beautiful reminder! i want to cherish each simple moment while letting them know that there is nothing simple about them!

xxoo!!

Rachael said...

I love what you wrote about yourself on Casey's blog. well done!

Rachael said...

also love what you wrote here. i feel the same way.

Nessa said...

Thank you... this is beautiful and spot-on.

I am reading this right before I start my day. My little one is still sleeping and I had a to-do list a mile long. Ome of it is going to get pitched because we are going to the park to play first.