Please join me to welcome Meredith Mills to the Gritty Pearl this week. Meredith has a way with words. With a gentle beckon out of the rush, and into the beauty of mindful parenthood moments, she'll bring you home.
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This type of craziness typifies our current life season. Noise and chaos, messes and piles, unfinished projects galore. But in the midst of it all, there are three kids loving life and exploring the world around them.
I waffle back and forth between being okay with all this - with embracing exploration while training them to pick up after themselves – and losing my temper or having a panic attack when I can’t find a tidy spot for a few minutes reprieve.
I’m thankful God understands.
He stepped from the beauty of heaven, into the chaos and disorder of life on our planet. He lived and breathed among us, sometimes meeting people as they came to Him, other times going out of His way to set up a divine encounter. He came to do His Father’s work, which included more than teaching and preaching. That work included bringing the gospel into everyday life:
He changed His agenda when the multitudes met Him on shore as He was traveling to
a secluded getaway spot.
He stopped mid-stride to single out a woman in need of healing, though it required postponing another miracle.
He got up from His nap to calm a raging sea.
We, too, are called to do God’s work. We’ve been chosen to introduce our children to Jesus. Sometimes that means creating intentional times of getting to know God together. Other times it means we embrace moldable moments as they arise.
This calling leads us to get down on the floor and read to them, look at their Lego creations or help them find doodle ideas on Pinterest. We let them help in the kitchen or join our no-longer-quiet “quiet time” with God. We listen to what’s important to them, even though we were there and saw all the same details of the situation. We put down our devises, look them in the eyes and show our delight in them.
No one does this perfectly, and God doesn’t expect us to. Our kids don’t need perfect parents. They need intentional parents who point them toward a perfect God. Jesus entered our world to reach us right where we are at. We can do that for our kids, too.
We can love in the midst of the mess, because people matter more than perfection.
We can repurpose ordinary events to teach our kids spiritual truth, because eternity
exists all around us.
And we can find peace in the midst of it all, because the God of peace lives in our
hearts and offers grace for every situation we face.
“For we do not have a High Priest [Jesus] who is unable to empathize with our
weakness, but we have One who has been tempted in every way,
just as we are--yet He did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we
may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”
Photo Credit: Gianandrea Villa
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.