Our evening tradition of reading a couple of chapters in the Bible and praying together as a family always ends with us tucking in our kids. I’ll tuck in one as my husband tucks in the other and then we swap.
These past few nights my daughter has been asking for a mommy/daughter date.
She asked if we could go to a tea shop that serves these cute little sandwiches, soup and fruit.
I kiss her forehead and with all my heart agree to take her one day soon, but my mind visualizes my current schedule and reminds me how busy I am.
Since I’m a stay at home mom, you’d think I would have all the time in the world to take my little princess to a tea luncheon but reality is I’m too busy.
I’m busy being a wife, mom and ministry leader. My days are packed with running our household, running errands, homeschooling, volunteering in different ministries, cooking and cleaning.
And that moment, when an image of my busy schedule popped in my head, broke my heart.
Something inside me put up an emergency red flag. The Holy Spirit was trying to get my attention.
I must be flexible! I must be willing to allow our God to shatter my schedule and plans for His purpose and glory.
God. Husband. Kids. In that order.
Ministry, house, errands and my long to-do list can wait.
I must make it wait!
Children are a gift from God.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” — Psalm 127:3
Our kids need us. If we don’t take the time to invest in them, someone else will.
And it may not be someone who has their best interest at heart.
So this morning, as the Lord has dealt with my heart, mind and schedule, I asked my daughter what are her 5 top choices for a Mother/Daughter Day Out.
She listed the tea shop, an at home spa day with face masks and nail painting, go see a movie, walk the mall, and go to a theme park.
What did I do next?
Wrote those on my calendar, my heart and my mind.
Let me encourage you to stay flexible for your husband and kids. Make time for them. Allow your schedule to be shattered by God for His purpose and glory.
Ask your kids for a mommy/daughter or mommy/son day out. Be interested in what they want to do. Have fun with them. Invest in them.
Make time for your kids.
Starla Jimenez is the gal behind Pressing In and Pressing On with Starla J. She is a wife, mom, writer and Girls Ministry Leader. What you will find on her blog are posts to encourage women to be all that God created them to be. She shares inspirational posts, family recipes and her adventures in homeschooling and traveling. Check her out at Starlajimenez.com.